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OC Sports Softball Players of the Week: April 15-21
 April 24, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Lacye Walker (Chattanooga State, Tenn.), Stephanie Flores (Temple College, Texas), Nicole Larsen (Phoenix College, Ariz.), Keelyn Bonar (Cowley County, Kan.) and Jordan Ray (Sussex County, N.J.) have been named OC Sports NJCAA softball players of the week for games April 15-21.



DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Lacye Walker – Chattanooga State Community College, Tenn.
First Base – Ooltewah, Tenn. – Grace Baptist Academy

The Tigers picked up three victories in last week’s four-game series at Roane State (Tenn.) behind Walker’s exceptional performance at the plate. The sophomore was unstoppable, batting for a .714 average (10-for-14) with 12 RBIs and seven runs scored. Walker hit four doubles and two homeruns on the week, building a 1.429 slugging percentage. Leading the Tigers offense this season, Walker ranks fourth in the country with a .524 batting average.



DIVISION I PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Stephanie Flores – Temple College, Texas
Right-Handed Pitcher – Mercedes, Texas – Mercedes High School

Flores continued her dominant 2013 campaign last week with three phenomenal performances for the Leopards. In 13 innings of work, Flores accumulated 27 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to just one unearned run on five hits. The sophomore notched two wins on the week, improving her record to 18-3 on the season. Leading the Leopard’s pitching staff in 2013, Flores ranks fourth in the nation in strikeouts with 216.




DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK  

Nicole Larsen – Phoenix College, Ariz.
Pitcher/Designated Player – Phoenix, Ariz. – Bloomington High School

Playing in her first games of the 2013 season, Larsen led the Bears to three consecutive victories last week. The freshman was 8-for-10 at the plate and hit two doubles on the week. Larsen also drove in 6 RBIs and scored three runs of her own. Despite having played in only five games, Larsen already has nine hits this season for the No. 2 Bears.



DIVISION II PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Keelyn Bonar – Cowley County Community College, Kan.
Right-Handed Pitcher – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Southmoore High School

Bonar earned wins in all five of her outings last week for the Tigers, improving her record to 18-2 for the 2013 season. In 25 innings pitched, the sophomore compiled 27 strikeouts against no walks. Bonar gave up 23 hits on the week but held opponents to only five earned runs. The No. 4 Tigers saw Bonar drop her ERA down to 1.72 for the year, having pitched a team-high 138.2 innings.




DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jordan Ray – Sussex County Community College, N.J.
First Base – Venice, Fla. – Venice High School

Going 3-3 in their six games last week, the Skylanders benefitted from an offensive spurt by Ray. The sophomore amassed a .563 batting average (9-for-16) with two doubles and two homeruns. Ray also recorded 6 RBIs, eight runs scored and stole two bases on the week. Leading the Skylanders in nearly every offensive category in 2013, Ray boasts a .545 batting average with 11 doubles and 22 RBIs.


DIVISION III PITCHER OF THE WEEK
No pitchers nominated in Division III.

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Softball Players of the Week (Feb. 18-24)
DI Player: Stephanie Mark (1B) – Seward County CC, Kan.
DI Pitcher: Haley Grantham (RHP) – Baton Rouge CC, La.
DII Player: Erin Dixson (P) – Northeast Mississippi CC
DII Pitcher: Erin Dixson (RHP) – Northeast Mississippi CC
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (Feb. 25 – March 3)
DI Player: Casey Hargett (C) – Pitt CC, N.C.
DI Pitcher: Ollivia McLemore (RHP) – Gulf Coast State, Fla.
DII Player: Kyleigh Hanson (1B) – Mesa CC, Ariz.
DII Pitcher: Samantha Buller (RHP) – Jones County JC, Miss.
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 4-10)
DI Player: Emery Fox (1B) – Western Oklahoma State
DI Pitcher: Ollivia McLemore (RHP) – Gulf Coast State, Fla.
DII Player: Kaley Pyles (SS) – Highland CC, Kan.
DII Pitcher: Jackie Aguilar (LHP) – Mesa CC, Ariz.
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 11-17)
DI Player: Katie Gentle (LF) – Wallace State-Hanceville, Ala.
DI Pitcher: Karla Claudio (RHP) – Santa Fe College, Fla.
DII Player: Christina Beam (2B) – Heartland CC, Ill.
DII Pitcher: Casey Baddley (RHP) – Northwest Mississippi CC
DIII Player: Kara Ekx (3B) – Rock Valley College, Ill.
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 18-24)
DI Player: Katie Gentle (LF) – Wallace State-Hanceville, Ala.
DI Pitcher: Jaimee Radel (RHP) – Pitt CC, N.C.
DII Player: Brittany Dvorak (P/1B) – Phoenix College, Ariz.
DII Pitcher: Julienne Broussard (RHP) – LSU-Eunice, La.
DIII Player: Megan Garding (2B) – St. Cloud TCC, Minn.
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 25-31)
DI Player: Hailey Torrez (C) – Central Arizona
DI Pitcher: Laura Downs (RHP) – Hillsborough CC, Fla.
DII Player: Sierra Rodriguez (SS) – Phoenix College, Ariz.
DII Pitcher: Rhionnon Cox (RHP) – South Suburban, Ill.
DIII Player: Haley Husom (SS) – Century College, Minn.
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (April 1-7)
DI Player: Meriam Maynord (3B) – Roane State, Tenn.
DI Pitcher: Brooke Bell (RHP) – Pitt CC, N.C.
DII Player: Amanda Best (C) – Dodge City CC, Kan.
DII Pitcher: Samantha O’Connor (RHP) – CCBC-Catonsville, Md.
DIII Player: Kara Ekx (3B) – Rock Valley College, Ill.
DIII Pitcher: Elizabeth Gratta (3B) – Middlesex CC, N.J.

Softball Players of the Week (April 8-14)
DI Player: Kate James (C) – Butler CC, Kan.
DI Pitcher: Yvette Alvarez (RHP) – Pima CC, Ariz.
DII Player: Paige Crawford (P/DP) – Highland CC, Kan.
DII Pitcher: Casey Baddley (RHP) – Northwest Mississippi CC
DIII Player: Carlie Sweet (C) – Central Lakes College, Minn.
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (April 15-21)
DI Player: Lacye Walker (1B) – Chattanooga State, Tenn.
DI Pitcher: Stephanie Flores (RHP) – Temple College, Texas
DII Player: Nicole Larsen (P/DP) – Phoenix College, Ariz.
DII Pitcher: Keelyn Bonar (RHP) – Cowley County, Kan.
DIII Player: Jordan Ray (1B) – Sussex County, N.J.
DIII Pitcher: None



























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