RedStorm duo named to NFCA All-Region team


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Postseason honors continue to roll in for a pair of University of Rio Grande softball standouts.

Sophomore shortstop Michaela Criner (Bremen, OH) and junior pitcher Kelsey Conley (Minford, OH) both have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region VI team.

Criner earned a first team selection, while Conkey was named to the second team.

The duo helped Rio Grande to a 35-13 finish, the River States Conference regular season and tournament championships and a fourth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament.

Criner, the RSC Player of the Year and a first team All-American, led the country with a .534 batting average. She hit 13 home runs and drove in 49 runs, while tallying nine doubles, five triples, 58 runs scored and a .868 slugging percentage.

Conkey posted a 17-3 record in the circle, with one save, six shutouts and a 1.52 earned run average. In 128-2/3 innings, the right-hander allowed 87 hits and just 20 walks while striking out 112.

The opposition batted just .192 against Conkey.

At the plate, Conkey batted .347 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI and 15 doubles. She also finished with a .647 slugging percentage.

Marian (Ind.) University, Indiana Wesleyan University and Campbellsville (Ky.) University each placed five players on the team, while St. Francis (Ill.) University had four players recognized.

Four of Indiana Wesleyan’s honorees were named to the first team.

First team honorees from each of the NFCA’s six regions are eligible to be named to the NFCA All-America Team.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.