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OC Sports Softball Players of the Week: March 11-17
 March 20, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Katie Gentle (Wallace State-Hanceville, Ala.), Karla Claudio (Santa Fe College, Fla.), Christina Beam (Heartland CC, Ill.), Casey Baddley (Northwest Mississippi CC) and Kara Ekx (Rock Valley College, Ill.) have been named OC Sports NJCAA softball players of the week for games March 11-17.



DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Katie Gentle – Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, Ala.
Leftfield – Hartselle, Ala. – Hartselle High School

Gentle’s bat propelled the Lions to a 6-1 record in their seven games last week. Batting for a .667 average (14-for-21), the sophomore totaled six doubles and a home run. Gentle brought home 10 runs, scored seven of her own and stole four bases on the week. Offensively, the No. 10 Lions are led by Gentle’s .583 batting average, 10 doubles and 12 steals this season.



DIVISION I PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Karla Claudio – Santa Fe College, Fla.
Right-Handed Pitcher – Adianez, Puerto Rico – Colegio Adianez

In five appearances last week for the Saints, Claudio compiled a 2-1 record and two saves. In 23 innings of work, the sophomore allowed only three hits and one unearned run. Claudio struck out 31 batters on the week, including 11 against St. Johns River State (Fla.). Claudio has been the Saints’ ace in 2013, leading the team with 68 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA.


DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK  

Christina Beam – Heartland Community College, Ill.
Second Base – Rock Island, Ill. – Rock Island High School

Going 11-1 in 12 games last week, the Hawks benefitted from the consistent hitting of Beam. The sophomore had a .684 batting average (26-for-38) that included six doubles. Beam recorded 14 RBIs on the week to go along with 13 runs scored and three stolen bases. Beam has been the No. 8 Hawks top hitter this season with a team-high .500 batting average and 32 RBIs.



DIVISION II PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Casey Baddley – Northwest Mississippi Community College
Right-Handed Pitcher – Nesbit, Miss. – Desoto Central High School

The Rangers added two wins to their record last week on the arm of Baddley. The sophomore pitched five shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Itawamba CC (Miss.), striking out two and giving up two hits. Against Holmes CC (Miss.), Baddley delivered seven more shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and only five hits. In 2013, Baddley has four wins for the Rangers with a 2.80 ERA.


DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kara Ekx – Rock Valley College, Ill.
Third Base – McHenry, Ill. – McHenry High School

The Golden Eagles went 5-2 last week behind Ekx’s offensive effort. Ekx compiled a .650 batting average (13-for-20) with three doubles and three home runs. The sophomore tallied 17 RBIs on the week and scored eight runs of her own. Ekx has a team-high .656 batting average this season and leads the No. 9 Golden Eagles with 23 RBIs and four home runs.


DIVISION III PITCHER OF THE WEEK
There were 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. 15 – 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



























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