Four Ladies Named to All-Mid-Con Softball Squad, Doria Tabbed Newcomer of the Year
Thursday, May 11, 2006

Micah Rhodes

Emerald Doria

Jennifer Mango

ELMHURST, Ill.—Four Centenary softball players were named to the All-Mid-Continent Conference softball team, the league office announced on Thursday. Junior Micah Rhodes was selected to the first team for the third time in her three-year career while sophomore Jennifer Mango and freshmen Emerald Doria and Ashley Lail were given second team honors. Doria was also tabbed as the Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year, the second time in three years a Centenary player has received the accolade.


Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) led the Mid-Con with a .432 batting average and finished in the top five in hits (63), home runs (9), RBI (42), and runs scored (41). She has set or tied Centenary single season records this year for hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, batting average, and walks. In addition, she owns Ladies career marks in home runs, batting average, and RBI to name just a few. She was the Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year in 2004 and was named conference Player of the Week three times this year and Louisiana Sports Writers Hitter of the Week as well.


Doria (San Antonio, Texas) enjoyed an outstanding debut season playing shortstop and batting lead-off for the Ladies en route to earning the Newcomer of the Year award. She led the team and set a new Centenary record with 47 runs scored and her 10 home runs were also a team best. She batted .337 on the year and tied Rhodes’ record of 103 total bases. She ranks in the top five of several conference offensive categories.


Mango (Sugarland, Texas) was named to the second team after hitting at a .325 clip from her position at third base. The Ladies cleanup hitter also had five homers and 31 RBI and enjoyed a 14-game hit streak during the season. She was named first team All-Mid-Con, Mid-Con All-Tournament Team, and second team All-Louisiana in 2005.


Lail (Ft. Worth, Texas), also a second team selection, served as Centenary’s pitching ace as a freshman and tallied 18 wins this season. She finished in the top five within the Mid-Con in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched. She led the Ladies to their victory over then #17 Auburn and was named conference Pitcher of the Week three times.


The Ladies open play in pursuit of their third consecutive Mid-Con Tournament Championship on Friday at 12:30 p.m. (MT). Second seeded Centenary will take on #3 Western Illinois in the opening round game and will play again at 5:30 p.m. (winner’s bracket) or 3 p.m. (loser’s bracket) depending on the outcome. The Ladies are 1-1 this season against the Westerwinds and 8-5 all-time against WIU. Centenary also split the season series against #1 Southern Utah and #4 Oakland at two games apiece.