Hendrix and Woodard Garner All-American Honors
Walnut Ridge, Ark. - A successful softball team on the field for Williams Baptist College has reaped individual accolades for Lady Eagles standouts Karisa Hendrix and Felicia Woodard. Hendrix received a Second Team All-American selection, while Woodard was name an Honorable-Mention All-American when the NAIA released their annual softball awards on Thursday.
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Hendrix, a junior from Cherokee Village, Ark., finished the season with a 31-6 record. The 31 wins are a single-season school record and ranked third in the NAIA for the season. She produced 28 complete games with 12 shutouts during the year. The flamethrower accumulated 278 strikeouts in 230.2 innings pitched ranked fourth in the nation. She held hitters to a mere .164 batting average, ranking ninth in the NAIA in this category.
Woodard, a junior from Corning, Ark., led the Lady Eagles in hitting, runs, triples, and stolen bases. The Lady Eagles leadoff hitter accumulated 93 hits in 61 games. Her hit total is the seventh most by any player in the NAIA. Woodard’s 53 runs scored led the American Midwest Conference. The speedster swiped 20 bags in 23 attempts for a success rate of 87 percent. The centerfielder finished the season with a .458 batting average.
“I am thrilled for Karisa and Felicia both! They are very deserving and both are team players who are very humble and hard-working. I am very happy for them and their accolades,” said Head Coach Eric Newell.
The Lady Eagles finished their season with a 51-10 record and a first ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament.