(Kansas City, Mo.) – Wednesday evening, senior Emily Ott and freshman Katie Kelley represented the Kansas City Kangaroos (17-26, 6-7 SL) as both student-athletes received First Team All-Summit League recognition.
For Ott, this was the second time she’s garnered First Team All-League honors as she received the award as a freshman. Appearing in every game for Kansas City in 2013, including 41 starts, the Des Plaines, Ill. native currently holds a .333 batting average with a team-high 39 hits, 10 doubles and 55 total bases, to go along with 23 RBI, two home runs and a .470 slugging percentage. Earlier in the season, Ott became the program’s all-time RBI leader when she hit a solo home run on Feb. 16 against Texas Tech.
Also appearing in every game this season, while tallying 40 starts, Kelly has seen time at first base, right field and in the circle. Statistically, the Coweta, Okla. native, leads Kansas City in home runs (5), while sitting fourth in slugging (.436) and fifth in hits (31) with a .265 batting average. Additionally, Kelley has tallied five doubles, 20 RBI, nine walks and 11 runs. Pitching wise, she is 1-1 on the season with nine strikeouts in 13 appearances.
As for the rest of the awards, Western Illinois’ Sammy Marshall earned Summit League Player of the Year, while North Dakota State’s Whitney Johnson garnered Summit League Pitcher of the Year and Omaha freshman catcher Campbell Ditto was tabbed Summit League Freshman of the Year.
South Dakota and Fort Wayne tied for a league-high three first team honorees, while NDSU and South Dakota tied for a league-best five overall all-league team selections. The Bison also garnered this season’s Coach of the Year honor as Darren Mueller won the award for the second straight season after leading NDSU to back-to-back regular season championships.
Coming up in tomorrow’s opening round of the league tournament, the Blue & Gold will take on top-seeded North Dakota State (30-14, 17-1 SL) at 1 p.m., whereas No. 2 Fort Wayne (31-13, 12-4 SL) will face No. 3 South Dakota (29-18, 12-7 SL) at 4 p.m.
Below are the full Summit League Sotball selections.
2013 All-Summit League Awards
C – Jenina Ortega, North Dakota State
1B – Yvon Minogue, South Dakota
2B – Matley Jones, South Dakota
3B – Ashleigh Bousquet, Fort Wayne
SS – Sammy Marshall, Western Illinois
OF – Larissa Franklin, Fort Wayne
OF – Allie Mathewson, Omaha
OF – Emily Ott, Kansas City
DP – Katie Kelley, Kansas City
UTL – Katie Cochran, South Dakota
P – Miranda Kramer, Fort Wayne
P – Whitney Johnson, North Dakota State
C – Campbell Ditto, Omaha
1B – Amber Lutmer, Omaha
2B – Cheyenne Garcia, North Dakota State
3B – Amanda Grable, North Dakota State
SS – Alex Bousquet, Fort Wayne
OF – Katie Dinning, South Dakota
OF – Karissa Kouchis, Western Illinois
OF – Devon Reick, South Dakota State
DP – Alex Pflieger, Western Illlinois
UTL – Brandi Enriquez, North Dakota State
P – Erica Denney, South Dakota
P – Dana Elsasser, Omaha
Player of the Year: Sammy Marshall, Western Illinois
Pitcher of the Year: Whitney Johnson, North Dakota State
Freshman of the Year: Campbell Ditto, Omaha
Coach of the Year: Darren Mueller, North Dakota State