Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 20, 2013

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS: Area athletes garner postseason recognition

By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— GOSHEN — The Bethel Pilots edged Indiana University-Southeast, 1-0, in the elimination game of the NAIA National Championship in Cleveland, Tennessee. The recent Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year sophomore Natalie Newell (Goshen) hurled a no-hitter for the first-ever no-hitter by Bethel in the NAIA National Tournament.

Bethel’s lone run came on a solo homer by junior Brookelyn Smith in the bottom of the sixth inning. Newell closed out the game by striking out the side in the top of the seventh. She totaled 15 strikeouts and improved her record to 15-7 on the season.

The season came to an end for the Pilots in a 7-2 loss to Olivet Nazarene University. Newell was 2-for-3 at the plate. She pitched the final three innings, fanning 12 and walking three.

Newell had been named to the NCCAA Division I All-American 1st Team. She pitched in 30 games this season (20 starts and 18 complete games). Newell tossed nine shutouts, allowing just 24 earned runs in 153 innings for a noteworthy 1.10 ERA. She gave up 89 hits as opposing teams batted a mere .151 against her. Newell whiffed a school-record 277 batters and walked 61.

At the plate, Newell batted .294 with eight doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI.

In her career, Newell now has been honored as an All-American three times. Last season she was designated as both an NAIA and an NCCAA 2nd Team All-American, and this year’s NCCAA award notes the first time Newell has been designated as a 1st Team selection. The NAIA will announce their All-Americans at the conclusion of the National Tournament.

Softball

 Goshen College sophomore outfielder Melanie Meyer (Concord) was a first team all-Crossroads League selection while sophomore infielder Kerri Doutlick reer record.

After transferring from Anderson University, Doutlick had a breakout season for the Maple Leafs at third base.  She batted .333 with a .425 on-base percentage.  She also slugged .707, which was the fifth highest slugging percentage in the conference.

Doutlick batted .365 during conference play and finished the year with five doubles, a triple, and a team high seven home runs.  She hit a home run an average of once every four games, the fourth best rate in the conference.

In 29 games, Doutlick had 16 RBIs, 11 walks, and just six strikeouts.  One of her biggest homers of the season came in the seventh inning against Huntington, breaking a scoreless tie and helping Goshen earn its first win of the season.

The Manchester Spartans finished the season with a 22-17 overall record, 11-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Junior Alicia Cleveland (Lakeland) played in 37 games (22 starts). She had 10 hits, 10 runs, four RBI and was 7-of-7 in steals. She also had 45 putouts and 49 assists. Cleveland committed eight errors for a .922 fielding percentage.

Women’s Golf

Freshman Brenna Sherwood (Elkhart Memorial) tied for 88th among the individuals as the IPFW Mastodons finished 13th in the team standings at the D. Black Falcon Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio. Sherwood carded a 97-91—188 total as the team scored 363-330-—692.

Sherwood averaged 87.64 strokes over 14 rounds this season. Her low round was a 76 as she fired a 76-69—155 total to finish in a tie for seventh in the IPFW Sporing Invitational at Brookwood Country Club near Fort Wayne.

Baseball

The Manchester Spartans defeated Marietta, 8-5, to win the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional title. Manchester, on a 16-game winning streak, advances to the 2013 NCAA Division III College World Series at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Spartans open the tournament against UW-Whitewater Regional Champion UW-Stevens Point on Friday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m.

One of the standouts for the Spartans is senior pitcher Kyle Konarski (Concord) who is sporting a nifty 10-0 record and a flashy 2.36 ERA. He has pitched 72 1/2 innings this season, He has allowed 68 hits to go with 57 strikeouts and 31 walks.

Senior Chaz Bellman (NorthWood) is also a member of the team. He has appeared in eight games and is batting .500 (4-of-8). Sophomore pitcher Kyle Miller (Bethany Christian) has not appeared in a game.

Senior Adam Christner (Westview) wrapped up his career with a fine season for the Huntington Foresters (12-25 overall, 11-13 in the Crossroads League). Christner batted .351 (46-of-131) with 13 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 20 RBI. He also stole 25 bases in 29 attempts.

Christner has a .308 career average (197-of-640). He had 41 doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 144 runs, 76 RBI and 83 steals. The center fielder has a .986 career fielding percentage. He committed a mere six errors in his career. Non of them were during his senior season.

Senior pitcher Austin Haney (Westview) recorded two wins and three saves for the Morehead State Eagles that finished 16-40 overall, 10-20 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Haney pitched 19 1/3 innings, striking out 19 and walking 12.

The Saint Francis Cougars finished with a 20-23 overall record, 14-10-1 in the Crossroads League. Junior outfielder David Yoder (Concord) played in 41 games, batting .378 (42-of-116). He had eight doubles, a home run, 36 runs and 14 RBI.

Men’s Track and Field

Manchester sophomore Drew Hammel (Northridge) placed 20th in the 800 (2:30.74) at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.

Women’s Track and Field

Senior Karla Madrigal (Elkhart Central) placed seventh in the 10,000 meters (37:37.55) and sophomore Rachel Weeber (Concord) 15th in high jump (4-10 1/4) for the Manchester Spartans in the North Central College of Naperville’s Dr. Keeler Invitational.