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Roos Softball Awards Announced

Eight Roos were recognized on Tuesday with Summit League Honors
Roos Softball jumped three tournament seeds from last season.
Julia Kapros
Roos Softball jumped three tournament seeds from last season.

  Roos Softball earned a momentous rise of honors, going from two players recognized to eight in only one season.


  Two players were listed on All-League First Team, one on Second Team, four given Honorable Mention and one given Freshman of the Year. This accomplishment marks the highest number of honored players in a single season for Kansas City. 


  Senior pitcher Camryn Stickel earned her first All-League First Team honor. 


  With a career-low 2.55 earned run average (ERA), Stickel consistently delivered. She held the team’s lowest ERA and the fourth-lowest in the Summit League.  


  Junior infielder Lexy Smith was also recognized on the All-League First Team list.


  With a .375 batting average (AVG), Smith ranked third in the Summit League and first on the team. She had a team-high .964 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS), leading the Roos with 48 hits and 71 total bases.  


  Freshman catcher Kadin Vire was honored with the Freshman of the Year award.


  In her first season, Vire earned a .248 AVG, and .595 OPS. In 125 plate appearances, she recorded 31 hits, 14 runs, 8 walks and 38 total bases.


  Sophomore outfielder Lauren Parker was the only Roo honored with All-League Second Team.


  This season, Parker had a .326 AVG., ranking second on the team and eighth in the conference. Although her fielding percentage dipped from 1.000 to .938, Parker’s bat was critical to the Roos’ success.


  Senior infielder Sydney Nichols received her second consecutive Honorable Mention. 


  While Nichols only hit a .206 AVG, her bat isn’t what put her on the list. Her fielding was recognized. While she had eight errors, only two were in conference play. Between overall and conference play, her fielding percentage increased from .948 to .968. 


  Sophomore infielder Katie Noble achieved her first Summit League Honorable Mention.


  Despite Noble’s .238 AVG and striking out 21 times, she walked 20 times. Her walk rate was second highest on the team and eighth in the Summit League.  


  Senior outfielder Abby Husak ended her one-season career with the Roos as an Honorable Mention.


  Starting all 50 games for KC, Husak hit .272 with 43 hits, 28 runs and 24 walks. She drove in the 11th most runs in the conference and walked fourth most. Her .925 fielding percentage impacted the lack of placement on the First or Second Team. 


  Junior outfielder Briona Woods earned an Honorable Mention, coming from Butler Community College in Kansas.


  In 130 plate appearances, Woods hit .292 with 38 hits, 19 runs, 10 walks and three home runs. Her slugging percentage was second best on the team. She boasted a .970 fielding percentage with only two errors. 


  Today, the Roos take on the North Dakota State Bison at 1:30 p.m. Cheer on KC as it takes on the Summit League Tournament.


  All games can be streamed on the Summit League Network.

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