Terre Haute South grad Kelly Fougerousse has helped the South Georgia College softball team to reach the Division 1 Junior College World Series.
SGC defeated Georgia Perimeter College 3-2 in the championship game of the Region XVII tournament, and became the first of 16 national tournament qualifiers.
The national tournament will be played at Plant City, Fla., from May 15-17.
For the season, Fougerousse was one of the top all-around performers in Region XVII this season. She finished third in the region in hitting with a .413 batting average, four doubles and three home runs. Fougerousse also had a 5-7 pitching record with one save and a 1.89 ERA.
Several other Wabash Valley area softball performers have been honored for their successful seasons this year.
Junior shortstop Morgan Wheeler of Indiana Wesleyan was named first-team all-Mid-Central College Conference and also first-team MCC all-academic. She led Indiana Wesleyan with 15 doubles and 31 runs scored and also hit three home runs on her way to a .421 batting average. She also had a .492 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage.
IWU finished with a 20-19 record.
Ashley Walters of Riverton Parke was named first-team all-TranSouth Athletic Conference. She finished the regular season with a .406 batting average with seven doubles, four triples, three home runs and 24 RBIs. Walters also had a 3-2 pitching record.
Union is hosting the TSAC tournament this weekend.
South Putnam’s Amy Harris was named first-team all-Gulf South Conference for the second straight year.
Harris is the team leader in home runs and RBIs with 10 and 55 respectively. Harris, who also captured GSC Player of the Week honors this season, moved into third place all time in home runs at UAH with 39.
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The Chargers are competing in their conference tournament this weekend.
n Sears to VU — Linton senior track and field standout Aubrey Sears has signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career next season at Vincennes University. The school record holder in the shotput signed with the Trailblazers at the North Daviess Invitational April 18.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to compete in the shot put next season at VU,” Sears told the Greene County Daily World. “They have a respectable program there and I expect to be able to step in and contribute to the success. Right now looking at their depth, I expect to be somewhere in the middle.”
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• Hutson looks to next year — Terre Haute North grad Max Hutson (1-2, 4.26 last season for Wichita State as a junior) has missed the 2008 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery over the summer, but is expected to return next year.
“Rehab is going well for Max,” pitching coach Brent Kemnitz said. “He is ahead of schedule. He should be a big contributor in 2009.”
Tyler Hill, a senior utility player for the Shockers, writes a blog on the Wichita State Web site and detailed a prank played on Hutson earlier this season:
“Pitcher Max Hutson made the mistake of riding his bike to Spear’s Restaurant and locking it to a handicap sign outside the entry doors. He went inside to eat thinking his precious investment was safe. Little did he know his roommate Rob Musgrave saw a golden opportunity to have some fun.
“In approximately two seconds, Musgrave lifted the bike and its locked chain over the handicap sign. He then proceeded to put the bike in the back of Andy Dirks’ truck and headed in to join the team for breakfast.
“Whispers of the theft circulated from table to table as Hutson remained oblivious. When people finished breakfast and started leaving for the field, Hutson followed. Through the restaurant windows, few of us watched for his reaction.
“First, he confusingly looked around as if he were lost. Then, a calm anger came over him. He made a few calls to help gather his thoughts then found a ride to the field. Riding to the field, Hutson dwelled on his frustration. When arriving, he saw his bike leaning up against another handicap sign in the Eck Stadium parking lot.
“He was both relieved and incredibly flustered that his teammates would do this. Making his way to the locker room, things quickly went from fun spirited to intense as Hutson temporarily lost his composure as an innocent chair became a victim of brutality. After taking a long walk to cool down, he arrived with all smiles and a new appreciation for the joke that was played on him. He also learned not to lock his bike to short poles stuck in the ground.
“After the morning comedy, we knew that the rest of the weekend was going to be a success. We went on to win the next two games easily and took the series. All is well. We got our wins and Hutson got his bike.”
Wabash Valley softball players
Denny Throneburg (head coach, Lake Land) — Coached team to 34-7 regular-season record.
Dara (Throneburg) Updegraff (assistant coach, Lake Land) — Helped coach team to 34-7 regular-season record.
Sandy Montgomery (head coach, SIU-Edwardsville) — Coached team to 44-9 regular-season record, No. 13 national ranking, and 19-5 record in Great Lakes Valley Conference (second place).
Tasha Wilhoit (So., Lake Land) — Has pitched 11 innings this year with no decisions. Batting .250 with four RBI and four runs scored.
Chelsey Sullivan (Fr., Lake Land) — Has a 19-2 pitching record with a 2.03 ERA. Has 97 strikeouts and 40 walks in 123.2 innings pitched.
Kari Bettenbrock (Sr., Indiana) — Has played in 22 games for 16-33 Hoosiers, starting six. Has one home run, four RBI and is batting .194.
Chelsee Gerber (Fr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Stevie Woodall (So., Franklin) — Played in 26 games for 5-27 Grizzlies, starting 19. Batted .211 with eight RBI and two doubles.
Casey Simmons (Jr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Kayla Parsley (Fr., Lincoln Trail) — Team does not list statistics on school Web site or njcaa.org.
Danielle Austin (Sr., St. Joseph’s) — Team ended season 20-25 overall and 10-14 in GLVC. Played in 20 games, starting 18, with two doubles, one triple, one RBI and a .356 batting average.
Jacilyn McClain (Fr., Lincoln Trail) — Went 2-3 in 6-3 win over Olney Central on April 17. Team does not list statistics on school Web site or njcaa.org.
Annie Morgan (assistant coach, Lakeland, Wisc.) — Helped coach team o 17-18 overall record and 15-9 mark in Northern Athletics Conference.
Kayla Raderstorf (Fr., Rend Lake) — Played in 22 games, batting .305 with two doubles, 13 RBI and seven runs scored.
Stefanie Jonson (Fr., Indiana State) — Has pitched in four games with an 0-2 record and a 7.68 ERA. Has nine strikeouts in 13 innings.
Brittany Searing (Fr., Indiana State) — Has played in 15 games, starting six, and is batting .200 with one double and one RBI.
Whitney Haase (Jr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Ashley Loomis (Sr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Amanda McGlone (So., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Jamie Lytle (So., Olney Central) — Team does not list statistics on school Web site or njcaa.org.
Julie Nichols (Fr., Shawnee (Ill.) CC) — Team does not list statistics on school Web site.
Chelsea Baker (Fr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Megan Robinson (Fr., Hanover) — Batted .307(second on team) with five doubles, three triples and five RBI.
Brian Shearer (head coach, Rose-Hulman) — Coached team to 25-10 record and a berth in the HCAC tournament.
Ally McKinley (Jr., Southern Indiana) — Batted .282 (fourth on team) with 10 doubles and 25 RBI.
Reva Ledune (Fr., Indiana State) — Has played in 35 games, starting 31, batting .160 with one home run and eight RBI.
Terre Haute North
Megan Ciolli (assistant coach, Northern Illinois) — Has helped coach team to 12-29 overall record and 6-12 Mid-American Conference mark.
Katie Iocoangeli (Sr., Indiana State) — Has played in 45 games, starting 41, batting .230 with three home runs and nine RBI.
Alicia Hayes (So., Lake Land) — Third on team in hitting at .451 with 27 doubles, two triples and four home runs. Has 47 RBI and 37 runs scored.
Selina Roman (Fr., Olney Central) — Team does not list statistics on school Web site or njcaa.org.
Terre Haute South
Jessica Ketner (Sr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Ashley Sankey (Jr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Kylee Anderson (So., Danville Area CC) — Batting a team-high .424 with three doubles, one triple, one home run, 12 RBI and eight runs scored.
Chelsea Hanner (Fr., Hanover) — Had a 3-13 pitching record with a 4.93 ERA.
Sasha Stanton (So., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Kea Silcock (Jr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods) — Stats will be published on May 18.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches and coaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Terre Haute South grad Kelly Fougerousse has helped the South Georgia College softball team to reach the Division 1 Junior College World Series.
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