NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Four North Platte Community College Knights softball players have been named to the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska team and three more received honorable mentions.
Those selected for the All-Nebraska softball team include: Hallei Morales, first base; Kayleigh Bucio, second base; Willow Chitty, short stop and Emily Marsden, pitcher. Honorable mentions went to Mikayla Gibson, Megan Hernandez-Belew and Ashlynn Krueger.
Morales, a freshman infielder from North Platte, batted .393 AVG, had six HR and 38 RBI out of 45 GP. She was ranked in the top five in the region in hits with 53, an on-base percentage of .461 and led all players in the region with nine hit-by-pitches.
Bucio, a freshman infielder from Rialto, Cali., had an average (AVG) of .400, three homeruns (HR), 27 runs batted in (RBI), 40 runs (R) and 11 stolen bases (SB) out of 45 games played (GP). She earned a top rank in triples, with three total.
Chitty, a sophomore infielder from North Platte, led all hitters in Region IX, Division II with a batting average of .575 out of 45 GP. She also contributed seven HR, 48 RBI, 43 R and 15 SB. Overall, she was first in at bats with 153, hits with 88, doubles with 18, total bases with 131, on-base percentage with 594 and slugging with .856 as well as runs with 43. Her 88 hits earned her the position of second best in the nation among players from 131 Division II schools, third best in the nation in batting average and fifth best in the nation in on-base percentage.
Marsden, a freshman infielder from Papillion, ranked third in the conference with 60 hits, eight doubles and three home runs out of 45 GP. Her batting in the region was second at .441 AVG, 24 RBI and an on-base percentage of .503, which was second best in the region. Marsden appeared as pitcher in 28 games - starting 12, with a 6-9 record, 5.84 ERA and 92.1 innings. Striking out 68 hitters, she earned the rank of second in the region, with nine complete games.
Gibson, a sophomore outfielder from West Valley, Utah, out of 45 GP, turned in a .414 AVG, with 12 doubles and 40 runs, one HR and 33 RBI. She led the region in stolen bases with 20 and was second in the region in bats with 152, hits with 63 and total bases with 80.
Hernandez-Belew, a freshman outfielder from Broomfield, Colo., had a .380 AVG, 12 RBI, 15 R and 15 SB out of 43 GP. She was the Region IX, Division II leader in sacrifice flies with five, as well as sacrifice hits with 16. Overall, she hit four doubles, two triples and had a total of 49 bases.
Krueger, a sophomore pitcher from Littleton, Colo., of 28 GP, had a .304 AVG, with 24 hits and 79 at bats. She went 7-12 and led all Region IX, Division II players with a 4.41 ERA. Throwing 111 innings, she struck out 40 hitters and was second in the region with seven wins. Overall, she was in the top four pitchers in the region with 28 appearances, 17 games started and seven strikeouts.