Bloemers and Jones Rake In Top ICAA Awards from 2009 Softball Campaign

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

(Left to Right) Caitlin Bouschet, Ashley Jones, Coach Kimmy Bloemers, and Mari Stokes. Photo courtesy of: Lori Richards. (Left to Right) Caitlin Bouschet, Ashley Jones, Coach Kimmy Bloemers, and Mari Stokes. Photo courtesy of: Lori Richards.

BILLINGS, Mont.- With the season complete and the summer upon us, there are still postseason awards still rolling in for the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team. The Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) named their annual award winners on Friday with head coach Kimmy Bloemers taking home Coach of the Year honors while junior Ashley Jones was named ICAA Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Joining Bloemers and Jones on the listing were middle infielders Caitlin Bouschet and Mari Stokes who were both named to the ICAA Second-Team.

The ICAA is made up of all Independent NCAA Division II institutions across the United States and the awards are selected by ICAA Director Mike Bond. These awards are done after each sport season is complete and give institutions such as PBA and its student-athletes an opportunity to earn national recognition.

In her third season at the helm of the Fish, Bloemers led the team to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship as PBA swept their way through the national tournament by not allowing a run in three games and claiming the program’s first ever championship. PBA also hosted the event for the second year in a row.

A big reason why the Sailfish were able to hold their opponents scoreless throughout the national tournament was the strong right arm of junior pitcher Ashley Jones.

Jones continues to pile up the postseason awards after her stellar 2009 season as she was named NCCAA South Region Player of the Year, NCCAA National Pitcher of the Year, and now ICAA Pitcher of the Year.

Jones finished the season with a 22-9 overall record with a 1.25 earned-run average. Jones broke her own school records for wins in a season (22), complete games (27), shutouts (10), strikeouts (281) and innings pitched (223.2). She walked only 35 batters on the season.

Named to the ICAA listing for the second consecutive season, Bouschet increased her offensive production while improving her already solid defense at the shortstop position in 2009. Bouschet led the Fish in batting average (.293), homeruns (7), and runs driven in (30) while finishing near the team lead in a number of other categories.  Bouschet made just seven errors at shortstop in over 200 chances.

Stokes burst onto the Sailfish softball scene in 2009 with her energy and athleticism as she started ever single game of her freshman season at second-base for head coach Kimmy Bloemers. Stokes made only four errors while batting .286 with five homeruns and 21 RBI’s. Stokes led the team in at-bats (185), runs scored (29), hits (53), doubles (13), and total bases (81).

One of the more fascinating things about PBA’s recipients this season was that all three players were local high school products. Jones just finished her third year in a PBA uniform after an All-State career at Jensen Beach High School while Bouschet is a former prep star at Palm Beach Central High School in Lake Worth. Stokes played her high school softball at SLW Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie.

It should come as no surprise that Bloemers knows Palm Beach County softball talent pretty well though as she herself is a former standout on the diamond at The Kings Academy before going on to a four-year playing career at Florida State University.

The ICAA is made up of the following institutions: Columbia Union, Chowan, Flagler, Lake Erie College, North Greenville, Palm Beach Atlantic and Urbanna. Heather Hill of Flagler College was named ICAA Player of the Year while Megan Foley of Lake Erie College was named ICAA Freshman of the Year.

2009 ALL-ICAA SOFTBALL


Coach of the Year – Kimmy Bloemers – Palm Beach Atlantic

Player of the Year – Heather Hill - Flagler
Freshman of the Year – Megan Foley – Lake Erie College
Pitcher of the Year – Ashley Jones – Palm Beach Atlantic

FIRST TEAM

Ashley Jones – Palm Beach Atlantic SR P Jensen Beach, Florida
Shellie Wimpey - Chowan SR P Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Lindsey Eargle – North Greenville SR C Newberry, South Carolina
Megan Foley – Lake Erie College FR INF Brunswick, Ohio
Tricia Gorman - Chowan SO INF Ambridge, Pennsylvania
Heather Hill - Flagler JR INF Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Erica Schroeder - Urbana SR INF Huber Heights, Ohio
Brittney Hatem - Flagler JR OF Hialeah, Florida
Brooke Owen - Chowan SO OF Pasadena, Maryland
Katie Staats – Lake Erie College SR OF Willoughby, Ohio

SECOND TEAM

Sam Boatner - Flagler JR P Auburndale, Florida
Kristyn Smith – North Greenville SO P Walhalla, South Carolina
Linsey Manning - Urbana JR C Fairborn, Ohio
Caitlin Bouschet – Palm Beach Atlantic JR INF Lake Worth, Florida
Allie Kolezynski - Chowan FR INF Strongsville, Ohio
April Ridenour – Columbia Union  INF Baltimore, Maryland
Mari Stokes - Palm Beach Atlantic SO INF Port St. Lucie, Florida

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