LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five members of the No. 2 Williams-ranked Williams College softball team were voted to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region team with Jessica Kim, Rebecca Duncan and Kirstin Mapes garnering First Team selection, senior Mackenzie Murphy awarded Second Team honors and first-year Mara Kipnis landing on the Third Team, it was announced by the NFCA Wednesday.
Kim, a First Team All-Conference selection as well, is hitting .345 with a .418 on-base percentage and slugging .518 for for the Ephs. She's played in a 41 games entering this weekend, when Williams (36-5) travels to Ithaca to take on the Bombers in a best-of-three NCAA Tournament Super Regional. The Ephs shortstop leads the team in at-bats (139) and hits (48) as well runs scored (44) and stolen bases (14). In addition, she had a team-high 12 doubles. Kim has fashioned a .970 fielding percentage at shortstop with only five errors on the year and was tabbed NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year.
"Jessica is truly the anchor of our defense," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman noted. "She has great range, a great sense of the game and leads our team on the field. She has hit at the top of our order for most of the year and she is a catalyst for our offense."
Duncan has 14 wins this season and has pitched nine complete games. She owns a 1.91 ERA with 81 strikeouts while hitting a team-best .384 at the plate. She is second on the Ephs with 30 runs scored, has eight doubles, three home runs and 25 RBI.
"Rebecca really does do it all for us and is getting better as the season goes on," Herman said. "All of our three pitchers are amazing fielders on the mound, and Becca adds to that by playing 3-4 other positions well and leading us as a hitter."
Mapes is hitting .313 and has totaled 25 RBI, third on the team behind Murphy and Kipnis, for the Ephs along with 6 home runs. She is 9-0 with a 1.87 ERA from the circle, which is good for fourth in the conference. Murphy is currently 11-3 with a 2.17 ERA from the circle while batting .328 with 6 home runs and a team-leading 32 RBI.
Kipnis was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. She's hitting .369 with a robust .504 on-base percentage and a .702 slugging percentage. Her 7 home tuns lead the team and she has 28 RBI, second best on the squad.
"Mara has had a strong first year and will only get better," Herman said. "Wherever she played on defense she was out of position and had to learn her way around, but her bat never wavered. She is a natural hitter and we are excited to have her around for a few more years ..."