Five Raiders voted onto league teams
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon softball team put five players on the All-Cascade Collegiate Conference softball teams and picked up a couple Gold Gloves, all of which were announced Friday night at the CCC Softball Tournament banquet in Salem.
Junior shortstop Kelsey Randall was an All-CCC selection and Gold Glove winner for the third year in a row. She landed on the 18-person first team and was joined by freshman pitcher Karlee Coughlin, who also got SOU's other Gold Glove, and junior catcher Harlee Donovan.
Ten players comprised the All-CCC second team, including senior first baseman Taylor Martinez and junior catcher Harlee Donovan. Sophomore pitcher Victoria Mackey was among those who received honorable mention.
College of Idaho senior Destiny Turner — an all-star for the fourth year in a row who is in line to break CCC single-season records for batting average (.544) and on-base percentage (.642) — was voted player of the year, becoming the first catcher in 15 seasons to earn that distinction. Corban, the CCC regular-season champion, got the rest of the individual headlining awards, with pitcher of the year Sabrina Boyd (19-2, 1.61 ERA), newcomer of the year Jessie Isham (16 home runs, 55 RBIs) and coach of the year Abigail Farler in her first season.
Randall became SOU's first three-time All-CCC performer since 2004 and fourth overall. She finished the regular season as the conference leader in hits (79) with a .446 average and ranked third in stolen bases with 27. She also led the circuit in infield assists (120), committing a career-low six errors in the process for a fielding percentage of .974. On Thursday, she was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 selection.
Coughlin, SOU's first pitcher to receive a Gold Glove, finished the regular season 13-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 99 2/3 innings, winning each of her first 13 decisions. She held opponents to a .234 batting average and issued just 19 walks, while at the plate she batted .364 with nine extra-base hits.
Donovan has made an immediate impact on the lineup as a catcher and third baseman during her first season in Ashland, batting .367 with 11 home runs (tied for a school record) and a school-record 53 RBIs. She hit eight homers during a six-game span down the stretch.
Martinez also enjoyed a breakout year, batting .404 with six homers, 11 doubles and 29 RBIs one year removed from a .241 campaign. Smith, an all-conference performer for the second year in a row, batted .367 with 13 extra-base hits, 37 RBIs and league-highs of 37 stolen bases on 39 attempts and 53 runs scored.
Mackey topped the CCC with a 0.89 ERA, though she was limited to 39 1/3 innings (mostly in relief) while working her way back from injury. She started the season with 37 consecutive scoreless innings, the most in team history.