By: Greg Levinsky
Sunday marked the end of the 2018 Patriot League softball regular season. With the four-team conference tournament set to begin on Thursday afternoon, hosted by the Boston University Terriers, it’s time to predict the postseason softball awards for 2018.
Player of the Year: Alex Heinen, Boston University
The junior catcher caught all 54 games of the league’s best pitching staff and led the conference with a .384 average and 49 RBIs. She struck out just nine times the entire season, ranked fourth in slugging percentage and fifth in on-base percentage. She also averaged nearly an RBI per game in conference play.
Pitcher of the Year: Ali DuBois, Boston University
The best pitcher on the league’s best team, the freshman standout ended the regular season with league best marks in wins, shutouts, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts; DuBois was also tied for first in ERA and opponent batting average. She was even better in conference play, going 14-2 with a 1.07 ERA and seven shutouts in 17 starts.
Rookie of the Year: Ali DuBois, Boston University
She was tremendous for all the above reasons.
Defensive Player of the Year: Emily Ballesteros, Army
A flashy third baseman, the sophomore made a league-high 126 assists in the field and made just six errors in 198 chances – earning her a .970 fielding percentage. She also helped turn five double plays, ranking in the top 10 among non-first baseman.
Coach of the Year: Ashley Waters, Boston University
In her third year at the helm, Waters guided the Terriers to their first Patriot League regular season title. The Terriers maintained league leads in nearly every offensive and pitching category, and surrendered just three games in conference play, finishing the regular season winners in 17 of 18 games.
C: Alex Heinen, Boston University
1B: Meghan Kovac, Bucknell
2B: Lauren Hadley, Bucknell
SS: Brittany Younan, Boston University
3B: Holly Geranen, Colgate
OF: Jackie Brewster, Holy Cross
OF: Jilee Schanda, Boston University
OF: Nicole Yozzo, Lehigh
DP: Carrie Reilly, Army
P: Ali DuBois, Boston University
P: Courtney Springman, Army
C: Taylor Wolfgang, Bucknell
1B: Maddie Wensel, Lafayette
2B: Taylor Drayton, Army
SS: Anna Gimmestad, Bucknell
3B: Madi Killebrew, Boston University
OF: Emma Wong, Boston University
OF: Kristen McPeek, Army
OF: Paige Grover, Lafayette
DP: Emily Ballesteros, Army
P: Raeanne Geffert, Bucknell
P: Parker Boyd, Lehigh