Ladies Softball Picks Up Several Mid-Con Awards
Friday, May 14, 2004

Macomb, Ill.Cheyenne Daries was named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year and Micah Rhodes earned Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year honors as four Centenary Ladies were named first team All-Conference in a ceremony during the pre-tournament banquet held on the campus of Western Illinois Thursday night.

Daries, also named one of the two first team All-Conference pitchers, finished the regular season with a 22-14 record, a 1.96 ERA, and 198 strikeouts in 218 innings of work. In conference games, she started 17 of the team’s 24 Mid-Con games, finishing 12-5 with a 1.57 ERA and 97 strikeouts in just over 100 innings pitched.

As part of the All-Mid-Con first team outfield, Rhodes delivered runs for the Ladies, especially during the non-conference season. She led the team with a .353 batting average, a .662 slugging percentage, a .417 on-base percentage, and 92 total bases. The freshman earned nine doubles, two triples, ten home runs, and 27 runs batted in 50 games played and earned the newcomer award despite missing the last two conference weekends with a knee injury.

Jordan Lansdale was elected first team All-Conference at second base after leading the Ladies in conference play with a .361 batting average, 26 hits, 18 runs scored, six doubles, 11 walks, and a .452 on-base percentage. Overall, the senior is batting .322 and has set Centenary career records for runs scored (102), hits (177), triples (nine), total bases (253), and walks (81).

Another Centenary freshman cracked the Mid-Con first team, as Megan Hall was named at the utility position after seeing action as a catcher, designated player, and right fielder during the season. In Mid-Con games, Hall leads the Ladies with 12 runs batted in, plus she has contributed 15 hits, three doubles, and two triples.

Two more Ladies were voted to the second team in Centenary’s first season in the conference. Catcher Lory Kowaleski was honored for her timely hitting (six doubles, 12 sacrifice bunts) and her ability to handle the Centenary pitching staff. Janis Kelley was named to the second team at the designated player position after leading the conference with 13 home runs as a batter and eight saves as a relief pitcher.

Centenary looks to prove it is worthy of the accolades at the Mid-Con Softball Tournament. The Ladies begin play Friday, May 14, at 12:15 p.m. against the Western Illinois Westerwinds. If Centenary wins the tournament on Saturday, May 15, it will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.