GPAC Softball Honors Announced

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GPAC Softball Honors Announced

(Thursday, May 12; Sioux Center, Iowa) The 2021 Great Plains Athletic Conference Softball All-Conference team has been announced after voting done by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the recently completed conference season. Two Dordt Defenders have earned recognition from the GPAC.

Rachel Evavold (Senior; Bloomington, Minnesota) has earned first-team honors as a utility player as pitcher and first-baseman. Evavold batted .336 in her final season with the Defenders and had 12 doubles with three homeruns and 30 runs batted in.  Evavold was 8-10 on the mound with a 3.48 earnd run average and struck out 74 batters in 116 innings. Evavold leaves the program with a .353 batting average (5th all-time), 175 hits (4th all-time), 46 doubles (1st all-time), 13 homeruns (6th all-time), 103 runs batted in (4th all-time), 29 pitching wins (6th all-time) and 225 strikeouts (7th all-time).

“Rachel has been a mainstay among some of the best players in the GPAC over her career at Dordt.  Rachel has been a fierce competitor over her career and refused to be outworked!  Her contribution as a true utility player over her career is remarkable considering she was a starting pitcher over her years at Dordt.  This recognition by the conference is a great capstone to a brilliant career!  Witnessing Rachel grow and mature over her career has truly been a blessing and she leaves a mark on our program that will last long after she is gone!” said Dordt softball coach Jeff Zomer.

Sikkema (Senior; Hopkins, Michigan) batted .349 with 10 doubles and 20 runs batted in.  Sikkema had career highs in hits (38), runs scored (22), doubles and rbi this season and ends her career with 77 hits.

“To say Hannah leads by example is an understatement.  Hannah battled through some injuries and a surgery over her career but worked very hard to overcome those setbacks and put together a remarkable career for the Dordt Softball Program!  Hannah's recognition by the conference is well deserved but is only a glimpse of the impact Hannah has had on our program.  Hannah's consistent demeanor and high level outfield play will be long remembered and she has certainly blessed the members of the Dordt University Softball Program!” said Zomer.

The Defenders finished the season with a 21-25 overall record and an 8-14 GPAC mark.