Three Jeffs Named to All-Region First Team
Contact: Mike O'Brien
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14, Kelsey Ayers ’15 and Donna Leet ’15 of the Amherst College softball team were named 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-Region First Team selections.
The All-Region teams are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. First team All-Region choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be revealed on May 21 at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet in Tyler, Texas.
Ayers, Leet and Silkowitz were three of the 15 players selected from the New England region as Silkowitz and Leet were two of the three outfielders honored. Ayers, who plays second base, was one of just four infielders chosen. Three other NESCAC players were named to the first team, Johanna ’14 Clair and Allyson Fournier ’15 of Tufts, and Allison Graebner ’14 from Williams.
The trio finished the season as three of the top hitters in the conference, led by Silkowitz who garnered First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-Region honors for the second consecutive season to conclude an impressive four-year career.
The senior finished the year within the top-10 in the NESCAC in six major offensive categories, including a conference-best 17 stolen bases. Her .492 on-base percentage ranks second among league leaders while she sits third in batting average (.451), fourth in hits (51) and triples (3), and tied for seventh in runs (30). Silkowitz opened the season with a 13-game hitting streak and hit safely in all but four of the 31 games she played in. During the streak, she batted. 500.
Ayers, a Second Team All-NESCAC pick, led all hitters in the NESCAC with a .475 batting average. She also ranked second in runs (37) and hits (58), third in on-base percentage (.479), fifth in stolen bases (12), eighth in RBI (28) and 10th in slugging percentage (.516).
She finished the season on a 10-game hitting streak, batting .528 down the stretch with eight RBI and 12 runs scored. Earlier in the season, she had a span of 10 RBI in just five games from March 31 to March 29.
A three-time All-NESCAC honoree, Leet also opened the season on a 13-game hitting streak and batted .451 during that stretch. The junior ranked among the league leaders in several categories as well and was second in triples with four. She also ranked fourth in batting average (.438), fifth in on-base percentage (.479), sixth in RBI (30) and hits (49), tied for seventh in runs (30), and finished eighth in stolen bases (9). She recorded three RBI in a game on three different occasions and hit safely in all but five of the 32 games she played.