ICAA Names Bloemers, Donovan, and Johnson as Big Winners in Postseason Awards
June 1, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
HOLLY, Mich.- The Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) announced its annual selections to the All-ICAA team on Wednesday for softball with Palm Beach Atlantic University once again being well represented. Head coach Kimmy Bloemers was named ICAA Coach of the Year while junior Chris Donovan was named Pitcher of the Year. Mackenzie Johnson was selected as the ICAA Freshman of the Year.
Handed out annually to the top players representing NCAA Division II Independent institutions, a total of five players were selected to the listing that included representation from the likes of PBA, North Greenville University, Oakland City University, Urbana University, and Washington Adventist University.
The Sailfish took three of the four individual awards with Urbana’s Megan Risner joining Donovan and Johnson as individual winners as she took home the honor of ICAA Player of the Year while Bloemers earned the coaching honor.
Joining Donovan and Johnson on the All-ICAA team were senior shortstop Caitlin Bouschet, junior second-baseman Mari Stokes, and freshman utility player Lauren Powell.
Palm Beach Atlantic took home the top honors for the team category as they topped the Independent standings with a record of 25-17 during the regular season in 2011. This marks the fourth straight season under Coach Bloemers that the team has reached the 25-win plateau.
Donovan becomes the second pitcher from PBA to be named ICAA Pitcher of the Year joining former teammate Ashley Jones who earned the distinction in 2008 and 2009.
A Gainesville High School graduate, Donovan emerged into the team’s top pitcher in 2011 by leading the team in nearly every statistical category. She paced the squad with a 17-6 record and a 1.93 earned run average while tossing 13 complete games and four shutouts. She struck out 83 batters in 138 innings while also earning NCCAA South Region Pitcher of the Year honors as well.
Johnson closed out an impressive freshman campaign as the team’s starting first-baseman by batting .348, second on the team, while producing 40 total hits including eight doubles and two homeruns. The Winter Springs, Florida native scored 23 runs and drove in 20 runs while making only two errors at first-base.
Bouschet and Stokes have both been staples in the PBA lineup over the last several years as they continued their offensive and defensive success into 2011 as the starting double-play combination at shortstop and second-base respectively. One of only two seniors on the PBA roster, Bouschet paced the team in most power numbers as she cracked seven homers while leading the team in runs scored (42), doubles (11), runs batted in (37), and total bases (77).
Stokes continued to show her versatility by moving back to second-base from centerfield the season before and finished her season with a .338 batting average, leading the team in hits with 49 while adding in other important statistics including runs scored (27), triples (4), doubles (10), and stolen bases (7). The slick fielding player from SLW Centennial High School made only four errors in the field.
Powell enjoyed a solid debut season wearing the Blue and White in 2011 by hitting .330 in 42 total games. A versatile athlete who became the team’s regular leadoff hitter down the stretch filled the role of utility player for PBA as she was the backup catcher, an outfielder, and designated player in the lineup.
Hailing from Bradenton, Florida, Powell produced 36 total hits including four doubles and a triple while scoring 17 runs and stealing three bases.
The Sailfish are expected to return all but two starters from a season ago as they will inherit a deep and talented incoming recruiting class to go with the strong core from this past season.
2010-11 ICAA Softball Standings
1. Palm Beach Atlantic (25-17, .595)
2. Oakland City (17-14, .548)
3. North Greenville (16-23, .410)
4. Urbana (15-25-1, .378)
5. Washington Adventist (6-13, .313)
2011 All-ICAA Softball Honors
Player of the Year – Megan Risner - Urbana
Pitcher of the Year – Chris Donovan - Palm Beach Atlantic
Freshman of the Year – Mackenzie Johnson - Palm Beach Atlantic
Coach of the Year – Kimmy Bloemers – Palm Beach Atlantic
2011 ALL-ICAA SOFTBALL
Megan Risner - Urbana C Jr. Urbana, Ohio
Caitlin Bouschet - Palm Beach Atlantic INF Sr. Lake Worth, Florida
Heather Hakola - Urbana INF So. Marysville, Ohio
Jourdan Harmon – Washington Adventist INF Jr. Abingdon, Maryland
Mackenzie Johnson - Palm Beach Atlantic INF Fr. Winter Springs, Florida
Tami Lasley - Urbana INF Sr. Union, Ohio
Bridgette Barney - Urbana OF So. Medway, Ohio
Lauren Powell - Palm Beach Atlantic OF Fr. Bradenton, Florida
Marielena Santos – North Greenville OF So. Goose Creek, South Carolina
Mari Stokes - Palm Beach Atlantic UTL Jr. Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Chris Donovan - Palm Beach Atlantic P Jr. Gainesville, Florida
Haley Jo Kolmerten - Urbana P Fr. West Lafayette, Ohio
Taylor Roof – North Greenville P Jr. Chester, South Carolina