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      Truman State places six players on MIAA softball team

      Junior outfielder Kelsey Bollmanâ??s first-team selection highlighted six Truman softball players earning all-MIAA recognition prior to the start of the MIAA conference tournament on Friday afternoon. Senior Kristin Grossman and junior Hannah Washburn landed on the all-MIAA second-team, while senior Meredith Kusky and sophomores Andrea Klipsch and Liz Leath received honorable mention accolades. Bollman jumped to the first-team for the first time in her career after earning second-team honors as a freshman and honorable mention acclaim last season.

      She ended the regular season as the teamâ??s top hitter with a .373 average while also pacing the squad in runs scored (38), doubles (11) and total hits (53).

      She stole 14 bases in 15 attempts and was one of three Bulldogs to post a 1.000 fielding percentage in 43 games defensively. Grossman and Washburn both received all-conference accolades for the first time, as Grossman hit. 362 with a team-high 10 home runs and 39 RBI during the regular season.

      She started all 44 games at first base and slugged a robust .638. Washburn, meanwhile, compiled a 16-7 record and a 2.54 ERA in 24 total appearances in the circle during her first season as a Bulldog.

      She struck out 132 batters in 135 innings pitched during the regular season and was part of three combined shutouts. Leath picked up honorable mention status for the second straight season, this time checking in as a designated player after being listed as a catcher during her freshman year.

      A staple in the middle of the order, Leath hit .370 with eight home runs and 29 RBI. She struck out just nine times in 127 at-bats, touching home 29 times. For both Kusky and Klipsch the announcement marked the first time either had earned all-conference honors, with Kusky posting a .284 batting average and a .995 fielding percentage with nearly 220 total attempts behind the plate.

      She added six doubles and drew 18 walks on the season. Klipsch, meanwhile, played in all 44 games and batted .303 with seven home runs and 25 RBI.

      The second baseman drew a team-high 20 walks and was a perfect 5-for-5 stealing bases. Fort Hays State senior Maddie Holub earned both Player and Pitcher of the Year honors, while Emporia State catcher Amanda Self was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year.

      Cacy Williams from ESU was named MIAA Freshman of the Year, with FHSUâ??s Erin Kinberger landing the leagueâ??s Coach of the Year award. The full list of honorees can be found at www.TheMIAA.com.

      Courtesy Truman State University