Carson Cameron, Abby Conner and Hallie Misiaszek are first-team selections on the 2018 All-GPAC Softball Team.
Carson Cameron, Abby Conner and Hallie Misiaszek are first-team selections on the 2018 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Softball Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Cameron, a freshman outfielder from Herman, Neb., was the Mustangs’ top hitting freshman this past season with 44 hits in 127 at-bats for a .346 batting average with four doubles, two home runs, 22 RBIs, 23 runs scored and a team-high eight stolen bases.
Cameron hit safely in 25 of her final 29 contests, including a streak of 16 consecutive games with a hit from April 10-28 for the Mustangs’ longest hitting streak of the season. She batted .394 over her last 29 games of the campaign.
Conner, a senior third baseman from McCook Lake, S.D., was the Mustangs’ leading hitter with 36 hits in 98 at-bats for a .367 batting average to go along with team highs of nine home runs and 36 RBIs. She was the first player to lead the team in all three Triple Crown batting categories since Cara DeStigter hit .387 with eight home runs and 55 RBIs in 2009. Conner also led the Mustangs with a .704 slugging percentage and a .467 on-base percentage, ranked second on the team with 19 base on balls and third with six doubles. She led the GPAC with an average of 1.09 RBIs and 0.27 home runs per game.
Conner, also a first-team All-GPAC selection in 2016, hit .355 with 26 home runs and 126 RBIs over her Morningside career.
Misiaszek, a junior pitcher from Mitchell, S.D., fashioned a 22-7 record with a 2.67 earned run average, 19 complete games and six shutouts. She struck out 146 batters in 173.1 innings pitched. Misiaszek finished the season as the GPAC’s co-leader in victories, ranked second in the league in innings pitched and third in strikeouts.
In addition to their three first-team selections, the Mustangs placed Tracey Edwards and Mackenzie Lose on the All-GPAC Second Team.
Edwards, a senior outfielder from Ojai, Calif., was the Mustangs’ second leading hitter with a team-high 55 hits in 156 at-bats for a .353 batting average to go along with three doubles, one triple, 13 RBIs and a team-high 33 runs scored. She was the Mustangs’ best contact hitter with only nine strikeouts in 156 at-bats. Edwards maintained a batting average of .333 or higher throughout the season and led the Mustangs with 16 multiple-hit games.
Lose, a sophomore outfielder from Indianola, Iowa, collected 43 hits in 128 at-bats for a .336 batting average with six doubles, a team-high two triples, seven home runs, 26 RBIs, 32 runs scored and five stolen bases. She ranked second on the team in home runs, RBIs, runs scored and with a .578 slugging percentage.
Morningside’s Mara Amsberry, Lexie Stolen and Ashton Whited received honorable mention All-GPAC recognition.
Amsberry, a senior shortstop from Bennington, Neb., hit .237 with one home run and 22 RBIs. Amsberry led the Mustangs with 21 base on balls and 21 sacrifices and was their co-leader with eight doubles.
Stolen, a freshman second baseman from Sioux City, hit .294 with four home runs and 25 RBIs and was the Mustangs’ co-leader with eight doubles and two triples.
Whited, a sophomore catcher from Elkhorn, Neb., batted .317 with four doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
Morningside posted a 29-13 record, including a 16-4 record in the GPAC to share the conference’s regular season championship with Midland University. The Mustangs extended their streak to 17 consecutive winning seasons since a 25-28 finish in 2001 and won their third consecutive GPAC championship and their eighth league crown in the last 12 years.
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