Four Raiders make All-West Region
The Southern Oregon University softball team's 37-18 season has resulted in four spots on the NAIA All-West Region teams, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced this week.
The Raiders' middle of the infield, sophomore shortstop Kelsey Randall and junior second baseman Kayleen Smith, landed on the 16-player first team. Senior pitcher Sydney White and freshman pitcher Victoria Mackey were among 15 second-team selections.
In total, 172 players across six regions were recognized. The NFCA All-America teams will be announced on June 2.
Randall, an All-Cascade Conference first-team selection and Gold Glove winner, led the Raiders in batting average (.392), hits (74) and runs scored (47) while stealing 34 bases on 37 attempts. She broke SOU's career records for runs scored (104) and stolen bases (68) and broke into the top three in hits (160). Smith, in her first season with the Raiders, batted .384 with 13 extra-base hits, 39 runs scored, 38 RBI and a CCC record of 45 steals on 48 attempts. She struck out just twice in 194 plate appearances.
White enjoyed her best season in four years at SOU with a record of 15-10 and a 2.45 earned-run average that went to 1.88 in CCC play. She struck out 114 batters in 168 1/3 innings pitched and allowed two earned runs or less in 18 of 24 starts. Mackey posted a 2.29 ERA — the lowest for a Raider freshman in the modern era of SOU softball — and a 16-3 record with 48 strikeouts and just 25 walks in 131 2/3 innings. She yielded more than three earned runs three times in 17 starts.