NAIA Softball All-Americans Announced
Softball | Tue, Jun. 8, 2021 at 3:05 PM
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Seven Mid-South Conference Softball student-athletes earned NAIA Softball All-American honors, the NAIA announced on Tuesday.
The NAIA Softball All-America teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee.
Lindsey Wilson’s (Ky.) Makea-Al Kaluau and Annabelle Ramirez were named NAIA Softball First Team All-Americans. Campbellsville’s (Ky.) Ryley Whitney and Cumberlands’ (Ky.) Maddie Sickau earned Second Team honors. Bethel’s (Tenn.) Melanie Alexander, Campbellsville’s Payton Blades and Freed-Hardeman’s (Tenn.) Brittany Adair earned honorable mention honors.
Kaluau led the Blue Raiders in batting average (.392), home runs (17) and in RBIs with 55. She picked up 65 hits in 166 at-bats. Kaluau led the MSC with 17 home runs and ranked fourth in the NAIA.
Ramirez appeared in 39 games with 24 starts for Lindsey Wilson. The MSC Pitcher of the Year compiled a 26-6 record and four saves in 177-1/3 innings with an ERA of 1.11. Ramirez pitched 21 complete games recording 10 shutouts while striking out 306. She ranked third in the NAIA in opponent’s batting average (.127).
Whitney the MSC Player of the Year led Campbellsville and ranked second in the MSC with a batting average of .444. She ranked second on the Tigers in home runs (9) and RBIs with 48 while posting a team-high slugging percentage of .716. Her 48 RBIs ranked fourth in the conference while here nine home runs were tied for eighth.
Sickau recorded a team-high .428 batting average for the Patriots this season. She also led the team in home runs (12) and RBIs with 51. Sickau ranked second in the MSC in home runs, tied for second with RBIs and ranked third in the conference in batting average.
Alexander ranked first in the MSC and third in the NAIA with a .504 batting average. She recorded a team-high 65 hits in 129 at-bats while also leading Bethel in home runs (10), RBIs (33) and an .837 slugging percentage.
Blades batted .422 on the season hitting seven home runs while driving in 45. Her batting average ranked fourth in the conference. Blades tied for the Campbellsville lead in stolen bases (12-of-13).
Adair appeared in 25 games with 23 starts for Freed-Hardeman. She went 18-6 pitching 154 innings while posting an ERA of 1.27. Adair recorded 16 complete games with nine shutouts while striking out 251. Opponents batted just .125 off of her this season. Adair ranked second in the NAIA in opponent’s batting average.
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