Lindsey Johnson Named ICAA Player of the Year; Six Other Sailfish Also Honored

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

The Sailfish Softball Team Had Seven Players Honored by the ICAA Including Freshman Lindsey Johnson Named Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.The Sailfish Softball Team Had Seven Players Honored by the ICAA Including Freshman Lindsey Johnson Named Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

TIFFIN, Ohio- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball program saw seven of their players honored on Tuesday with the release of the Independents Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) postseason awards. Freshman Lindsey Johnson was selected as the Co-Player of the Year from the ICAA while a total of seven players earned All-ICAA honors between a first-team and second-team.

The ICAA is composed of NCAA Division II schools that are not in a conference.  Softball members are Oakland City University, Palm Beach Atlantic, Salem International University, the University of Virginia-Wise and Washington Adventist University.

All awards were selected by ICAA Director, Mike Bond.

Player of the Year was shared by Lindsey Johnson and Kristinia Romualdo of Virginia-Wise. Johnson, who was also selected as ICAA Freshman of the Year, had 18 doubles, six homeruns, four triples and a batting average of .411.

The first-year standout broke a total of eight single-season school records in 2013 including runs scored (38), runs driven in (47), hits (67), doubles (18), batting average (.411), total bases (111), slugging percentage (.681) and on-base percentage (.458).

Romualdo had 14 doubles and 11 home runs, scored 37 runs, drove in 59 runs, had a slugging percentage of .629 and hit .329.

Other honorees on the All-ICAA first-team for Palm Beach Atlantic included junior shortstop Jen Hunter and freshman pitcher Amber Johnson.

Hunter finished her first season in a PBA uniform by hitting .318 including 10 doubles and 22 runs driven in. The Tarpon Springs native and Brevard Community College transfer also turned in a number of highlight plays defensively throughout the season.

Amber Johnson turned in a memorable first-year performance as a freshman pitcher as she led the Sailfish in wins with a 14-8 mark while tossing a team-high 154.2 innings. A local product from Berean Christian, Johnson made 34 appearances while posting 15 complete games, five shutouts and struck out 133 batters on the season.

Joining the trio of Hunter, Johnson & Johnson on the All-ICAA listing were four players selected to the All-ICAA second-team.

Those honorees included a pair of seniors in outfielder Brittany Jones and pitcher Mary Pippin while joined by two freshmen in second-baseman Theresa Butler and outfielder Chelsie Hersey.

Jones was a constant at the top of the order for the PBA lineup while settling in as the starting right-fielder. She closed out her PBA career in fine form with a .303 batting average in 49 games while posting a .415 on-base percentage, scoring 30 runs and registering a team-high of 28 walks.

Pippin returned to the Fish in the early portion of the season while coming away from offseason arm surgery. After a rocky start she returned to her previous fine form by leading the team with a 2.45 earned-run average while finishing 8-5 in 19 appearances.

The All-ICAA selection for Pippin is the second time she has been honored after being named to the first-team last season while taking home ICAA Pitcher of the Year honors.

Emerging as the team’s starting second-baseman, Butler came away with a .308 batting average in her first season while driving home 18 runs, registering eight doubles and collecting her first homerun.

Hersey was a solid No. 2-hitter in the lineup for head coach Kimmy Bloemers with a .304 batting average while scoring 27 times, registering 45 hits including a pair of triples and stealing 14 bases in 15 attempts.

The Sailfish finished 27-23 for the season.


2013 ALL-ICAA SOFTBALL AWARDS
Coach of the Year – Karen Bitter – Virginia Wise
Co-Player of the Year – Lindsey Johnson – Palm Beach Atlantic & Kristinia Romualdo – Virginia Wise
Pitcher of the Year – Rachel Hawks - Virginia Wise
Freshman of the Year – Lindsey Johnson – Palm Beach Atlantic

2013 ALL-ICAA SOFTBALL

FIRST TEAM
 Charity Lawson C Virginia Wise Jr. Duffield, Virginia
 Rachel Fisher INF Virginia Wise Fr. Virginia Beach, Virginia
 Jen Hunter INF Palm Beach Atlantic Jr. Tarpon Springs, Florida
 Katie Mangold@ INF Salem International Jr. Kearneysville, West Virginia
 Kristinia Romualdo INF Virginia Wise Jr. Virginia Beach, Virginia
 Sarah Allsop OF Washington Adventist Fr. Beltsville, Maryland
 Lindsey Johnson OF Palm Beach Atlantic Fr. Hazlehurst, Georgia
 Christina Ziemba OF Virginia Wise Fr. Chesapeake, Virginia
 Hayley Wilson# UTL Salem International Sr. Lake Mary, Florida
 Amanda Braunecker P Oakland City So. Huntingburg, Indiana
 Rachel Hawks P Virginia Wise Jr. Suffolk, Virginia
 Amber Johnson P Palm Beach Atlantic Fr. Royal Palm Beach, Florida
 # - First Team in 2012
 @ - Second Team 2012

SECOND TEAM
 Theresa Butler INF Palm Beach Atlantic Fr. Mulberry, Florida
 Megan Dillon INF Virginia Wise Jr.  Danville, Virginia
 Kyndal Thompson INF Oakland City Sr. Rockport, Indiana
 Allyssa Zebrowski INF Virginia Wise Jr. Petersburg, Virginia
 Chelsie Hersey OF Palm Beach Atlantic Fr. Lake Butler, Florida
 Brittany Jones OF Palm Beach Atlantic Sr. Lantana, Florida

 Sarah Wiltshire OF Virginia Wise Jr. Moseley, Virginia
 Corbin McCrary P Oakland City Fr. Vincennes, Indiana
 Mary Pippin # P Palm Beach Atlantic Sr. Bonifay, Florida


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