4 Lady Pioneers named All-OAC

From staff reports

AUSTINTOWN – Four Marietta College Pioneers were named to the 2014 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Team announced Sunday afternoon by the league office. In voting by the OAC softball coaches, Courtney Kerwood was named to the first team, while Rachel Montgomery, Trinity Schlabach and Alexis O’Hair were second team and Hannah Tarski was honorable mention.

A first time honoree, Kerwood batted .341 with seven doubles and 10 runs batted in during conference play. The junior was pressed into service at third base when starter Sarah Mayo suffered an injury early in the season. Kerwood fielded an impressive .974 at the hot corner. On the season, she tied for the team lead in doubles with 10 and was second on the squad with 19 RBI.

Montgomery, a second team selection at first base last season, took over the catching duties this spring for three-time All-OAC performer Ris McDaniel. Montgomery batted .250 with five doubles, a triple and 14 runs batted in. The consummate team player, Montgomery led the Pioneers with 11 sacrifices.

Schlabach, a sophomore, was the Pioneers’ primary first baseman. She led Marietta with a .363 batting average, 41 base hits, 10 doubles, three home runs and 24 runs batted in. Schlabach played errorless defense at first base during the conference season and finished the season with an overall .987 fielding percentage.

O’Hair was the ace of the Pioneer pitching staff posting a record of 11-9 to go along with her 2.43 earned run average.

The junior was named the OAC Softball Pitcher of the Week twice this spring and had a streak of 36.0 innings pitched without issuing a walk. O’Hair struck out 61 batters and walked only 22 in 138.1 innings pitched this season.

Tarski, the lone senior on the roster, earned all-conference honors for the first time after batting an even .300 in conference games. A three-year starter in centerfield for the Pioneers, Tarski finished the season with three doubles and a team-best two triples. She drove in 12 runs, while scoring 16 times.