GOSHEN — Junior catcher-first baseman D.J. Martz was one of five Anderson Ravens named to the all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team for the 2019 softball season.
The Fairfield High School graduate led the Ravens with a .337 batting average (31-for-92), a .659 slugging percentage and matched a team-high five home runs. She scored 10 runs, drove in 21 runs and had six doubles while starting 31 of the 33 games she appeared in.
In conference play, Martz smashed four homers and finished 15-for-44 for a .341 batting average. She put together a team-high .659 slugging percentage along with 14 RBIs.
“D.J. had a solid conference regular season,” Anderson coach Tony Holloway said in a press release on the school’s web site. “Her hitting was one of the reasons we made it to the HCAC Tourney.”
Martz homered in three-straight games. She belted a homer against Hanover on April 13 and in both ends of a twin bill with Bluffton on April 16.
Anderson finished the season 20-16 overall (8-8 in conference) after a 7-0 loss to Mount St. Joseph in the HCAC Tourney.
•Senior Alec Dutkowski (NorthWood) became the first four-time NAIA All-American in the history of the Taylor University program.
Dutkowski was named to the NAIA All-American second team following a standout senior season that concluded with a record-breaking seven-under-par round of 64 on the final day of the NAIA National Championship.
He earned his fourth NAIA All-American honor in 2019 after earning third-team honors following his freshman season, second-team honors following his sophomore season and first-team honors last season. The three-time Crossroads League Player of the Year will leave Taylor as one of the most decorated players in Crossroads League history after claiming ten tournament victories in his career.
Dutkowski finished his senior campaign with a 72.97 scoring average in 31 rounds while notching a pair of victories and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 events. Dutkowski finishes his career as Taylor’s all-time leader in career scoring average at 73.11 while competing in a program-record 122 rounds and posting 47 rounds of par or better during his career.
“Words can’t adequately describe Alec’s impact on the Taylor golf program,” Taylor coach Cameron Andry said in a press release on the school’s web site. “He graduates as the best player to ever play at Taylor and it has been such a joy and honor to watch him compete and represent TU over the last four years. Beyond his abilities on the course, Alec is an outstanding young man with a huge heart for others and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”
Dutkowski was the only Crossroads League player to earn All-American honors this season.
•Senior infielder Sam Troyer (Northridge) notched a .249 batting average (49-for-197) with 11 doubles, a triple and two home runs for the University of Evansville Purple Aces (24-29 overall, 11-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference). He played in 53 games, scoring 27 runs, driving in 25 and stealing 21-of-25 bases.
•Freshman infielder Cody Bible (Northridge) played in 47 games this season for the Indiana University Kokomo Cougars. The team finished with a 36-18 record, 19-8 in the River States Conference. It was the second year in a row for the Cougars to win 30-plus games.
Bible batted .271 (23-for-118) with four doubles, a triple and a home run. He scored 25 runs and drove in 11. Bible’s first hit of his collegiate career was a home run in an 8-2 loss to Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, Tennessee.
•The Kent State Golden Flashes finished their inaugural season with a 2-15 record. Freshman midfielder Meghan Cawood (Northridge) netted six goals on the season, with five of them coming in the team’s two victories. She had a career-high four goals in a 17-1 win over Howard on April 14 and one in a 21-6 victory over Delaware State on March 29. Her other goal was in a 13-10 loss to Butler on February 22. Cawood played a season-high 61 minutes in a 20-12 loss to Gardner Webb on March 22.
•Freshman goalie Kiaha Nichols (Westview) played in all 10 matches for the Anderson Ravens (2-8) in the school’s first season. She was credited with 90 saves on this season. Her season-high was 20 saves in a 20-2 loss at Hanover.
•Senior Mandy Meserve (Concord) notched a 7-6 overall record for the Anderson Ravens. She went 6-6 at No. 3 singles and 1-0 at No. 4.
•Freshman Erica Stutsman (NorthWood) earned All-American honors for the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships at Gulf Shores, Alabama. Stutsman teamed with classmate Sterling Simek, junior Kendra Frieden and junior Jessica Sprinkles for a sixth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay (9:16.36).
•Sophomore Jordan Ware (Elkhart Central) placed fourth in discus (36.78 meters) for the Anderson Ravens in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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