Three Claim All-GPAC Softball Honors
- Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018
(Wednesday, May 9; Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt College had three softball players accorded post-season honors in voting done by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the recently completed season.
Rachel Evavold (Sophomore; Bloomington, Minnesota) was named first-team all-GPAC; Marissa VanDenBerg (Sophomore; Wyoming, Michigan) was named second-team and Tianna Top (Junior; Luverne, Minnesota) earned honorable mention accolades.
Evavold batted .391 this season while knocking in 37 runs. She had 54 hits, 16 doubles, three triples and six homeruns. She also pitched in 17 games and compiled a 9-6 record with a 2.97 earned run average and she struck out 66 batters in 103 innings of work. Evavold has 86 career hits with a .337 batting average through two seasons. Her career pitching mark is 13-11 in 25 games played.
“Rachel put together an incredible Sophomore season. Her growth from a solid Freshmen year last year was witnessed immediately when she took off her basketball shoes and laced up her softball spikes. Her ability to fill multiple roles for us this year as a true utility player was remarkable. Her offensive prowess, ability to put up great pitching numbers, and play third base at a high level is a testament to her competitive drive and desire to excel at the game. Rachel earning GPAC Player of the Week in back to back weeks this season shows the amount of respect she has earned from the conference,” said Dordt College coach Jeff Zomer.
VanDenBerg batted .362 and was co-leader on the team with 54 hits and belted nine doubles with two homeruns. She handled 202 chances at shortstop and had a .926 fielding percentage. VanDenBerg has 103 career hits with a career batting average of .349 with 25 doubles. VanDenBerg was a second-team selection in 2017.
“Marissa followed up her Freshmen year with another great year at the shortstop position. Marissa is one of the best defensive shortstops in the conference and she is very deserving of this honor. The infielders in the conference this year were simply incredible and for Marissa to be considered right there with them is wonderful,” said Zomer.
Top pitched in 23 games and had a 10-9 record with three saves. Her earned run average was 2.89 and she struck out 72 batters in 133 innings of work. Top has a 37-27 pitching record in 435 innings of work through three seasons and has a career 2.61 earned run average with 224 strikeouts. Top earned honorable mention honors as a freshman and first-team accolades as a sophomore.
“Tianna has been the ace of our pitching staff for the last 3 years. She is one of the toughest competitors in our program! After losing some tough games early on in the season Tianna was able to bounce back and put together a great Junior season. The level of pitching in the top of the conference this year was very good and for Tianna to receive Honorable mention among that group is remarkable. We are excited to see what Tianna can do for our program during her senior year,” said Zomer.