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Thomas More College sophomore shortstop Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year and six Saints named All-PAC by the conference’s head coaches.
Walter, who was named second team All-PAC last season, was also named first team All-PAC this season. She is second-straight Thomas More player to earn PAC Player of the Year honors (Walter also won the award in 2013) and the fifth Saints player to be selected as the league’s Player of the Year since Thomas More entered the PAC in 2005-06.
Walter led the league in hits (61), runs scored (38), runs batted-in (36) and total bases (92) to go along with a PAC-best .516 average with runners in scoring position. She was also second in batting average (.455), slugging percentage (.687) and doubles (14) and third in on-base percentage (.503) and home runs (5).
Joining Walter on the All-PAC first team was senior third baseman Alex Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon), senior pitcher Ronni Burns (Dayton, Ohio/Carroll), sophomore utility player Mamee Salzer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) and sophomore designated player Haley Shuemake (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland). Alex Walter is batting .269 this season with a .400 on-base percentage. She is 29-for-108 at the plate with two doubles, 16 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Burns has a 1.75 earned run average and a 12-6 record with two saves in 27 appearances, including 19 starts. She has pitched 136.0 innings and has given up 42 runs (34 earned) on 97 hits, while striking out a team-best 158 batters. Salzer has a 1.50 ERA and a 17-3 record with one save in 111.2 innings pitched this season. She is also batting .303 with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, 25 RBI and 26 runs scored. Shuemake is second on the team in batting with a .347 batting average and a .573 slugging percentage. She is 43-for-124 at the plate with eight doubles, one triple, six home runs, 33 RBI and 17 runs scored.
Freshman first baseman Jamie Ertel (Mt. Healthy, Ohio/McAuley) was a second team All-PAC selection. She was third on the team in batting with a .317 batting average and a .519 slugging percentage. Ertel was 33for-104 with 12 doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored.
The Saints will open NCAA Division III regional play on Friday when they play the University of Chicago in an opening round game of the Chicago Regional.
(From Thomas More Athletics)