Six Truman softball players earned Daktronics all-region honors on Monday, as Kelsey Bollman, Andrea Klipsch, and Kindra Henze picked up first-team recognition, while Danielle Lewellen, Cate Simon, and Kelsea Dorsey were each second-team selections. Monday's announcement marks the first all-region Daktronics honor for each of the six players and also sets a program record for most all-region performers in a single-season.
Five of the six players (Henze, Bollman, Klipsch, Lewellen, and Simon) had recently been named first-team all-Great Lakes Valley Conference, while Dorsey was a second-team all-conference performer. After earning GLVC co-Pitcher of the Year honors, Henze (Palmyra, Mo.; Palmyra) finished the 2014 season with a 23-7 overall record and a 1.21 ERA in 35 appearances.
She tossed 28 complete games and set a single-season record with 14 shutouts during 31 starts.
The sophomore struck out 200 hitters in 201.2 innings of work, while surrendering a mere 35 earned runs. Bollman (Maquoketa, Iowa; Maquoketa) parlayed her second straight first-team all-conference honor into an all-region first-team pick in 2014 after hitting .361 with 12 doubles, six home runs, and 37 RBI.
She swiped 11 bases in 12 tries and started all 56 games in right field for the Bulldogs this year.
Bollman finished her career atop Truman's doubles chart (58) and ranked in the top-5 in batting average, hits, runs, home runs, total bases, and RBI. Klipsch (St. Louis, Mo.; Lindbergh) was named first-team all-region after leading the Bulldogs with 16 doubles and 47 RBI during the season.
The junior hit .376 after starting all 56 games at second base, where she committed just one error in more than 185 defensive chances. She hit eight home runs and drew 22 walks out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Lewellen (Kirksville, Mo.; Kirksville) stole a GLVC-high 43 bases batting primarily out of the leadoff spot to earn second-team all-region accolades.
She hit .337 on the season with five doubles and scored 41 runs.
Her 71 career stolen bases places her fourth on the all-time Truman chart. Simon (O'Fallon, Mo.; Fort Zumwalt South) batted a team-best .389, which was good for second amongst all GLVC hitters.
Her 12 home runs paced the Bulldog offense, while the junior also added 10 doubles and 32 walks.
She posted an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.168 and started all 56 games - including 54 at the hot corner. Dorsey (Clarksville, Mo.; Clopton) pitched her way to the all-region second team after compiling a 20-6 record and a 1.71 ERA during her sophomore season.
She returned after missing last season due to injury and struck out 131 hitters in 168 innings of work.
She limited opposing batters to a .205 average and worked 20 complete games (four shutouts).
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