5.9.12 SOFTBALL: Nine Cavs Earn Post-Season Honors; Ford AMC Pitcher and Player of the Year
The All-American Mideast Conference and Ohio Independent Championship teams have been announced and Walsh has placed nine players on either team with five selected to both.
Kelsey Ford (Sr., Boardman, OH/HS) is the most decorated as she was named to the All-AMC First Team as Pitcher and Player of the Year, as well as being named an All-OIC Honorable Mention. Kendra Gerber (Jr., Sugarcreek, OH/Garaway), Jenna Rosso (Sr., Amherst, OH/Steele), and Calee Ruppel (Fr., Mogadore, OH/HS) were also placed on first-team squads.
Second team selections included Dana Brown (Jr., Uniontown, OH/Lake), Chelsy Testa (So., Uniontown, OH/Lake), Kayla Marcus (So., Bergholz, OH/Edison), and Erin Ebert (Jr., Jeromesville, OH/Hillsdale). Maggie Yavorsky (Sr., Norton, OH/HS) was selected as an honorable mention.
Ford dominated AMC competition in the circle and at the plate. She went 7-1 with a 0.64 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 54.1 innings in conference action. Overall, she was 15-5 with a 2.31 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 136.1 innings pitched. At bat, she hit for an average of .622 (28-for-45). Overall, Ford held an average of .420 with two home runs, two triples, 16 doubles, 44 RBI, and 34 runs scored. Her .480 on-base percentage was the tops on the team. Ford also pitched a perfect game, the second in the program’s history.
Gerber was an All-AMC First Team selection at third base. Her batting average stood at .336 (38-for-113) with two home runs, 17 doubles, 22 RBI, and 32 runs scored. Rosso joined her on the All-AMC First Team and was also an All-OIC Second Team selection at center field. Rosso hit .298 (45-for-151) with a pair of home runs, seven doubles, 28 RBI, and 35 runs scored. Ruppel was an All-OIC First Team selection and a member of the All-AMC All-Freshmen team as a designated player. Ruppel proved effective at various spots in the order with a .390 batting average (39-for-100) with a team-best four home runs, a triple, four doubles, 21 RBI, and 22 runs scored.
Ebert was the only player to be selected to both the All-AMC Second Team and All-OIC Second Team. She racked up 16 wins against eight losses and had an ERA of 1.56 on the season, both of which were best on the team. She also had team highs in strikeouts with 148, innings pitched with 147.2, and opponents’ batting average at .166.
Brown and Testa were both All-AMC Second Team and All-OIC Honorable Mention selections. Brown started at second base and was one of the top infielders in the league as she helped turn a team-best 12 double plays. At the plate, Brown hit for a .346 average (63-182) with four triples, four doubles, 27 RBI, and 44 runs scored. Once on base, the speedy Brown stole 15 bases in 15 attempts. Testa played left field for the Cavs and hit .397 (56-for-141) with two home runs, four triples, 10 doubles, 41 RBI, and 42 runs scored. She was also a threat on the base paths as she swiped 14 bases in 16 attempts.
Marcus was selected to the All-AMC Second Team at right field. She hit for a .346 batting average (53-for-153) with a triple, five doubles, 26 RBI, and 53 runs scored. Yavorsky was an All-AMC Honorable Mention at shortstop. She was a part of eight doubles plays. From the plate, she hit .238with a pair of triples, five doubles, 22 RBI and 26 runs scored.