Williams Baptist College Softball earns conference honors

From Williams Baptist College

The Williams Baptist College softball team, in the wake of its successful 2011 season, has earned a number of honors from the American Midwest Conference. In addition to Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, WBC had five players make All-AMC teams and another 15 were named academic all-conference.

WBC's Karisa Hendrix was honored as the 2011 AMC Pitcher of the Year. Hendrix, a sophomore from Cherokee Village, Ark., posted an 18-9 record with three saves for the Eagles. She fanned 195 batters in 186 1/3 innings during the 2011 regular season. She was the 2010 AMC Freshman of the Year after posting 15 wins in her first season at Williams.

For the second consecutive year, Lady Eagles Head Coach Eric Newell was selected as the AMC Softball Coach of the Year. Now in his fifth season at the helm of the WBC program, Newell led Williams to a share of the AMC regular-season title for the second time in as many years. The softball Eagles were 13-3 during AMC play in 2011, and were 26-10 during the regular season.

Three Lady Eagles were named first team All-AMC. They are Hendrix, Chelsea Sanders and Felicia Woodard. Honorable mention all-conference recognition went to Ashley Boyles and Teighlor Melton.

Hendrix is the daughter of Kevin & Michelle Hendrix of Cherokee Village.

Sanders, who is from Beebe, Ark., is the daughter of Sam & Tammy Sanders.

Woodard is a sophomore from Corning, Ark., and is the daughter of Wayland & Judy Woodard.

Boyles, a junior from Malvern, Ark., is the daughter of Jerry & Janet Boyles.

Melton is a senior from Batesville, Ark. She is the daughter of James & Melinda Melton.

Named to the AMC's academic all-conference team were: Tara Boyd, Ashley Boyles, Kelsey Burns, Natalie Culver, Tricia Driver, Karisa Hendrix, Hallie Horton, Mallarie Lee, Teighlor Melton, Kayla Stellato, Abby Taylor, Bailey Thomas, Courtanie Vaughn, Hollyann Walker and Leigha Woody.

The Lady Eagles finished the season 31-12 and ranked 20th in the NAIA. They were co-champions of the AMC in regular season and runners-up of the AMC Tournament