Raiders, Schmidt honored by conference

Southern Oregon University's Sydney White and Stephanie Vandenbusch and former North Medford player Taylor Schmidt, of Oregon Tech, received all-Cascade Collegiate Conference softball recognition.

White and Schmidt landed first-team honors, and Vandenbusch received honorable mention as the conference released its postseason honors.

White led the conference in numerous pitching categories as a freshman. She ranked first in appearances (22), starts (16) and innings pitched (112.1); ranked second in strikeouts (76), shutouts (3) and wins (11) and was third in opponent batting average (.233).

White tallied a 3.18 ERA and 11-6 record.

Vandenbusch followed up her co-newcomer-of-the-year honor last season by hitting .300 with a .434 on base percentage and a .563 slugging percentage during the 2013 conference season. She led the CCC with four triples and tied for eighth with 21 RBIs and was hit by a pitch a league-high 13 times.

She also led the Raiders with four home runs and 45 total bases.

Schmidt, a senior pitcher, had a 23-7 record with a 2.36 ERA. In 187 innings, she allowed 185 hits, struck out 118 and walked 55.

Corban senior Stephanie Nippert was named player of the year for the third consecutive year, while College of Idaho's Nickayla Skinner was named pitcher of the year. Concordia shortstop Taylor Copher was named newcomer of the year, and Corban's Nathan Ohta was named coach of the year.

Southern Oregon concluded the 2013 season two weeks ago on a five-game winning streak to end the year with a 20-21 overall record. The Raiders' 16-12 conference mark was good for fifth place.


SCHLECHT HONORED — Former Ashland High player Ethan Schlecht, a freshman at Oregon Tech, was named to the all-NAIA West Group Team.

The third baseman batted .283 in 40 starts, including 39 hits and nine doubles, for the Owls. They were 20-36 overall and 11-17 in conference, making it to the NAIA West tournament.

DUCK LANDS AWARD — Oregon freshman Mitchell Tolman has been named Pac-12 Conference player of the week.

He batted .474 (9-for-19) with a double, three walks and 14 RBIs as Oregon won four of five games on the road, including a sweep of Washington State.

Tolman hit safely and notched an RBI in each of the Ducks' five games and registered multiple hits in three contests. He went 3-for-4 and drove in seven runs in a 12-7 win over Seattle, the most RBIs by an Oregon player since Jack Marder had eight in 2010.

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