Bloemers Joined by Five Players on the All-ICAA Softball Listing
May 21, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
TIFFIN, Ohio- The Sailfish softball team was well represented on the 2014 Independent Collegiate Athletic Associations (ICAA) postseason awards list with head coach Kimmy Bloemers named Co-ICAA Coach the Year while five players were selected to the All-ICAA team. Sophomore Lindsey Johnson earned her second straight ICAA Player of the Year nod while Victoria Gonzalez earned Freshman of the Year honors.
The ICAA is composed of NCAA Division II institutions that are not in a conference. Baseball members are Bluefield State University, Oakland City University, Palm Beach Atlantic, Spring Hill College and Union University.
All awards were selected by ICAA Director, Mike Bond.
Bloemers earned the All-ICAA Coach of the Year distinction alongside Spring Hill College head coach Allison Sellers-Cook while Caroline Sagrera of Spring Hill joined the individual accolades list as ICAA Pitcher of the Year. Bloemers in her eighth season at the helm of the Sailfish softball program led the team to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history while finishing the season with a 30-16 overall record.
Other PBA players to be selected to the All-ICAA listing beyond Johnson and Gonzalez were sophomore Theresa Butler, senior Jen Hunter and sophomore Amber Johnson.
Lindsey Johnson capped the year as the team leader in runs (37), hits (61), doubles (15), triples (4), homeruns (6), total bases (102) and stolen bases (28). She closed out the season batting .396 in 46 games while driving in 32 runs to finish second on the team.
Gonzalez claimed ICAA Freshman of the Year honors following a spectacular first collegiate season as she topped the team with a .427 batting average and 35 runs batted in while adding in 14 doubles and 56 total hits.
Steady at second-base for all 46 games on the season Butler emerged as a big bat in the lineup in just her second season as she hit .293 with 39 hits including four doubles, three triples and four homeruns. She also drove home 28 runs and scored 24 more while concluding the season 3-of-3 in stolen bases.
Butler was an All-ICAA second-team selection last year.
Amber Johnson is also a two-time All-ICAA honoree as she followed up her strong freshman campaign with an even better sophomore season as she led the Sailfish in nearly every pitching category. She concluded the season with a 17-9 overall record including a 1.80 earned-run average over 179 innings pitched.
Her consistent and reliable approach led her to pitching in 40 of the team’s 46 games while tallying 13 complete games, four saves and 101 strikeouts for the year.
2014 ALL-ICAA SOFTBALL AWARDS
Co-Coaches of the Year – Kimmy Bloemers – Palm Beach Atlantic & Allison Sellers-Cook – Spring Hill
Player of the Year – Lindsey Johnson – Palm Beach Atlantic
Pitcher of the Year – Caroline Sagrera – Spring Hill
Freshman of the Year – Victoria Gonzalez - Palm Beach Atlantic
2014 ALL-ICAA SOFTBALL
Sam Leach C Spring Hill So. Axis, Alabama
Shea Blanchard INF Spring Hill Jr. Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Amanda Braunecker INF Oakland City Sr. Huntingburg, Indiana
Theresa Butler@ INF Palm Beach Atlantic So. Mulberry, Florida
Jen Hunter# INF Palm Beach Atlantic Sr. Tarpon Springs, Florida
Lea Kittrell INF Spring Hill Jr. Lucedale, Mississippi
Jenna Charnock OF Spring Hill Fr. Mobile, Alabama
Lindsey Johnson# OF Palm Beach Atlantic So. Hazlehurst, Georgia
Shelby Lamb OF Union Sr. Shelbyville, Tennessee
Victoria Gonzalez DP Palm Beach Atlantic Fr. Miami, Florida
Reagan Schrader DP Union So. Ringgold, Georgia
Amber Johnson# P Palm Beach Atlantic So. Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Kelly Robey P Union Jr. New Madrid, Missouri
Caroline Sagrera P Spring Hill So. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
# - 2013 All-ICAA 1st Team
@ - 2013 All-ICAA 2nd Team