HADLEY, MA – Three members of Kris Herman's Williams softball team, junior pitcher Emma Harrington (Columbus, OH) , senior outfielder and captain Ali Graebner (Short Hills, NJ) and freshman shortstop Alison Michalick (Napierville, IL) have been accorded All-NESCAC honors.
Harrington and Graebner were First Team choices, while Allison Michalick was named to the Second Team.
|Ali Graebner '14|
"The first thing that comes to mind is good players get recognized for their performances when it's made easier by their teammates support and the team having a good season," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "That said, I'm really proud of all three of them and proud of our team for putting them in position to win awards."
Ali Graebner moved up to the first team after being named the second team in 2012. She was one of three Ephs to appear in all 35 games thus far. The centerfielder was fourth in the league in runs scored (32), sixth in batting average (.417), ninth in hits (45) and RBI (27) and tenth in slugging percentage (.528). Graebner is five for five in stolen bases and boasts a slugging percentage of .528.
Her contributions extend to the outfield as she has registered 13 assists so far this season. In addition Graebner also filled in at second base for six games.
|Emma Harrington '15|
"Ali had been a rock for us," Herman said. "She's done everything we needed her to do on the field and off the field, including playing second base a lot down in Florida. She set some goals for herself this season and worked very hard to reach them."
Emma Harrington makes her first appearance on the all-conference squad. The junior posted a 2.38 ERA over 111.2 innings, while striking out 72 batters en route to a 12-7 record. Opponents are batting .251 against her.
"Emma has continued to improve throughout her career," Herman said. "She's been our go-to pitcher all season long."
|Alison Michalik '17|
Alison Michalik solidified the Eph defense with her play at shortstop and generated offense as the leadoff batter, playing in all 35 contests to date. She batted .352 with 43 hits in 122 at bats. Twelve of her 43 hits went for extra bases with six doubles, five triples and a home run. Michalik has driven in 16 runs, stolen four bases in four attempts, scored 29 runs, while posting a slugging percentage of .508. In the field she recorded 30 putouts, registered 65 assists and with eight errors owns a field percentage of .935.
"She stepped right into a difficult role — batting lead-off and starting at shortstop — and has been steady on both sides of the ball. She's a triple threat for us."
Williams will host a 2014 NCAA Div. III Tournament Regional beginning Friday when Lesley faces Tufts at 2 p.m. The host Ephs take on Endicott at 4:30 p.m. The double-elimination tournament goes through Sunday.