Grey awarded Player of the Year

by Laura Czingula
Sports Editor

The University of La Verne softball team did not end the season as it would have liked, 17-22, but all the work and dedication throughout the season did pay off.

Senior Laurie Grey was named Player of The Year for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The announcement was made Tuesday night at the Spring Sports Banquet.

“The first thing that went through my head was, ‘Are you kidding me?'” said Grey. “I did not expect it at all.”

Grey finished her final season with a .423 batting average, 28 RBI, and one home run. She was three RBI short of leading the conference and second in triples with four in SCIAC.

“I didn’t have the year I had last year or the year before,” said Grey. “This is what I have been waiting for all four years. I wanted to make my mark here at La Verne and now I have.”

Other honors given for first team All-SCIAC went to seniors Katie Miner and Jenna Bowman.

“I was really surprised when I found out,” said Miner. “Going out for the team, I was just hoping to get playing time.”

This year was Miner’s first year playing organized softball since high school.

“Not playing for so long you don’t know what to expect,” she said.

“When it was announced at the banquet, I was really surprised, due to the fact that I was playing out of position for half the year,” said Bowman.

“I know that a batting average is important for these things [All-SCIAC Team] and offensively, I did better this year than my other years. Personally, I feel I have overcome a lot of obstacles this year,” said Bowman.

Of Grey’s award, Bowman said, “I’m very happy for her. I think she does deserve it.”

Second team honors went to outfielders Jamie Anderson, a junior, and sophomore Lindsey Weber.

Weber averaged .418 in SCIAC and had 13 RBI for the year.

“Aside from being a young team, we didn’t gel together throughout the season. We did come together towards the second half of the conference. We led the league in almost everything, even though we didn’t have that good of a season,” said Grey.

The Leopards finished in sixth place with a record of 9-15.

Laura Czingula, Sports Editor
Laura Czingula

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