WICHITA—Seven McPherson College softball players were honored Wednesday as the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) announced its all-conference teams and special award winners for the 2018 softball season.
Sophomores Christie Betker and Jessica Jones were unanimous first-team selections at pitcher and in the outfield, respectively.
Freshman Jenna Christensen was named to the All-KCAC second team, while junior Chelsea Conrad and freshmen Kylecia Taylor and Taylor Perez received honorable mention from the league's coaches.
In addition, McPherson had two players named to the KCAC Gold Glove Team - Betker and senior second baseman Taylor Hires-Caulk.
This is the second all-KCAC selection for Betker and Jones, who were both second-team picks last year. Conrad was a first-team all-league pick and an all-region second-teamer a year ago.
Entering the KCAC Tournament, Betker has appeared in 34 games with 28 starts, going 18-12 with a 2.36 ERA, 23 complete games, four shutouts and 220 strikeouts. She set new program single-season records for wins and strikeouts. Betker also set the McPherson career record for strikeouts with her 380 Ks doubling the previous mark of 190 held by Katie Logan from 2009-12. She ranks fifth in the NAIA in strikeouts.
Jones has posted a KCAC-best .440 batting average and 80 hits while starting all 48 regular-season games. Her hits total ranks fifth in the NAIA and broke her own school record of 71 from a year ago. Jones also scored a team-high 46 runs and was a perfect 22-for-22 in stolen bases.
Christensen started all 47 games she played, batting .331 with 46 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs and a team-high 38 RBIs - 20 of which came in KCAC play.
Conrad started all 48 regular-season games, hitting .313 with 51 hits, eight doubles, a team-high six triples, 25 RBIs and 34 runs scored. She also stole nine bases.
Taylor started 38 of 48 games played, hitting .324 with 33 hits, seven doubles and 18 RBIs.
Perez played in 33 games, starting 27, hitting .286 with 22 hits and six doubles. She came on during the KCAC season, starting 21 of 22 games and hitting .281 with four doubles, a triple and six RBIs.
Hires-Caulk started all 45 games in which she played, hitting .269 with 32 hits, a team-high 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 28 RBIs. A middle infielder by trade, Hires-Caulk posted a .973 fielding percentage, committing just four errors in 149 chances in the field.
Betker was errorless in 27 chances in the circle for the Bulldogs.