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WBC Softball Collects Ten Awards from AMC


The American Midwest Conference announced its 2012 softball awards on Friday, and there is no shortage of Lady Eagles from Williams Baptist College.   The 14th ranked squad brought home ten awards by six different players and Head Coach Eric Newell.

The six Eagles awarded are Felicia Woodard, Karisa Hendrix, Shelby Anderson, Laura Tucker, Wendy Eftink, and Tori Henson.

The AMC Player of the Year was a split between WBC’s Felicia Woodard and Jamie Tanno of Park University.  Woodard is a junior outfielder from Corning, Ark.  Woodard is ranked fifth in the NAIA in total hits (86), sixth in hits per game (1.593), and 18th in batting average (.462).  She leads the conference in all three of those categories.  She also played solid defense on the season from the centerfield position.

“I am very proud of Felicia.  She only knows one speed: fast.  She is an incredible ball player who plays with heart and determination that is rare,” said Newell.

There was a split for AMC Pitcher of the Year, as well, with Williams’ Karisa Hendrix sharing the honor with MacKenzie Bowden of William Woods University.  This is the second straight year the junior from Cherokee Village, Ark. has won the award, after winning AMC Freshman of the Year her first season.

Hendrix has won 29 games this season. She has struck out 257 batters in 206 2/3 innings pitched.   Both statistics rank her at third in the NAIA.  Opponents are hitting .164 off of her and she is allowing 5.23 hits per nine innings, ranking 10th nationally.  

“We expect great things from Karisa, but she is a very humble, hard worker.  It proves that hard and work and dedication do have a payoff.  Her effort has spread throughout our team,” said Newell.

Shelby Anderson of Mountain Home, Ark., received the AMC Freshman of the Year award.   She has hit seven homeruns with 23 runs batted in on the season.  She also holds a batting average of .355.  

Anderson was no slouch on the mound either.  She leads the entire NAIA in earned run average at .580 on the season.  The freshman has allowed a mere 12 earned runs in her 146 innings of work, while collecting 18 wins on the season.  

“When we signed Shelby we believed we had a special player.  She has had an incredible year pitching and her statistics prove that.  What really separates her from other great pitchers is her threat as a hitter,” said Newell.

Woodard, Hendrix, and Anderson were named All-Conference first team, and they were joined on the list by senior Laura Tucker.  Tucker is from Beebe, Ark. and has played left field this season for the Lady Eagles. Her .416 batting average ranks third in the AMC, and her 67 total hits is second to Woodard.  She has scored 47 runs on the season with 18 runs batted in.  

Wendy Eftink and Tori Henson made the All-AMC honorable mention squad.  Eftink, a senior from Oran, Mo., played stellar defense at third base all season.  She is batting .299 from the plate but was credited with an astonishing 29 sacrifice hits on the season.  Henson is a junior from Bismarck, Mo. She is batting .402 with 29 RBI’s, and she has walked 24 times on the season with an on base percentage of .521.  

Newell was selected the AMC Coach of the Year.  Newell brought home a regular season AMC championship in 2012.  Also, WBC’s 47 wins are the most in school history.  The Lady Eagles were 15-1 in conference during the regular season.

“Eric has displayed an extreme commitment to the success of his student-athletes on and off the field. He has high energy and a relentless work ethic,” said WBC Director of Athletics Jeff Rider. “He is very worthy of any award because of these characteristics.”

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