LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – One night before play begins at the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Softball Tournament, the conference announced its first- and second-team all-conference honors, and four Ashford players were cited.
The Saints were named to the second team. They are pitcher Nicole Schmidt, catcher Shelby Hobelman, second baseman Kalyn Ohlemeyer and outfielder Payton Geeting.
A total of 39 players were named to the two all-conference squads, 21 on the first team and 18 on the second team.
After being named to the conference’s first team as a freshman, Schmidt picked up her second all-conference nomination after going 12-8 with a 3.94 earned-run average in 26 appearances. The sophomore from Beaver Dam, Wis., also led the Saints with 16 complete games, two shutouts and 99 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings.
Schmidt also set the Ashford program record for career wins (23) in her final start on April 19 with an 8-0 shutout of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.).
Also grabbing her second career A.I.I all-conference award was Hobelman, from Houston. The junior backstop recorded a career-high .344 batting average, tying for the team lead with four home runs and finishing second with 31 runs driven in while appearing in 35 games.
Hobelman was also a defensive stalwart behind the plate, gunning down 11 of 20 base stealers on the year and finishing with a .993 fielding percentage.
Indianapolis native Ohlemeyer enjoyed a breakout year, finishing with a .387 average with a team-high 41 hits to go along with 28 RBIs in 41 games. The junior also led the Saints with a .481 on-base percentage and finished with six doubles.
Relying on her speed and control with the bat, Geeting finished with a team-high .407 batting average, slapping 35 hits and driving in 10 runs in 27 games. The junior speedster from Port Byron, Ill., also went 15-for-17 in stolen-base attempts, good for second on the team.