Little Finishes On Top Of All-MIAC Ladder

Madison Little led Concordia in at-bats, hits and stolen bases and didn't make an error in the outfield.
Madison Little led Concordia in at-bats, hits and stolen bases and didn't make an error in the outfield.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/16/17)---Senior Madison Little finished her career by getting to the top of the MIAC postseason honor ladder.

Little was named to MIAC All-Conference Team for the first time in her career after earning All-Conference Honorable Mention honors last season and being placed on the MIAC All-Defensive Team in her sophomore season in 2015.

Little was also selected as the team's representative to the MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Little was the only Cobber player to play in all 22 league games this season. She started every game as the team's center fielder and was the team's leadoff hitter for every conference contest.

Little led the team in plate appearances, hits and stolen bases in MIAC games. She had 60 at-bats, came away with 12 hits and stole eight bases. Little hit .200 during the conference season and had at least one hit in 11 games. She had a five-game hit streak during league play and went 3-for-6 against MIAC tournament champion, and NCAA super regional participant, St. Catherine.

In addition to her leadoff skills at the plate, Little played flawless defense against league opponents. She didn't make an error in 33 chances and had one assist from her center field spot.

Little led the team in hitting in overall games. She had a .362 average and had at least one hit in 25 of the tram's 40 games. She also led the team in on-base percentage (.435), hits (42), walks (13) and stolen bases (27).

Little's 27 stolen bases set a new program record. She bettered the old mark of 24 set by Kelli Niess in 2007. Little also had 57 steals in her four-year career which was second on the school's all-time list.

Little also finished her career by playing in a program-record 151 games and had 153 hits. Her hit total is tied for the No.2 spot in school history.              

2017 MIAC SOFTBALL AWARDS
Player-of-the-Year - Jenna George, St. Catherine (So., Ellsworth, Wis.) 
Pitcher-of-the-Year - Julie Graf, St. Olaf (Fy., Sammamish, Wash. / Eastlake)
Rookie-of-the-Year - Julie Graf, St. Olaf (Fy., Sammamish, Wash. / Eastlake) 
Coach-of-the-Year - Colleen Powers, St. Catherine (4th season)


2017 MIAC SOFTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Name

School

Year  

Position  

Hometown / High School

Melissa Barry

St. Thomas

So.

UT

Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview

Krista Flugstad

St. Catherine

Jr. 

P/INF 

Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson

Julia Carpenter

Macalester

Fy. 

OF

Stevensville, Mich. / Lakeshore

Jenna George

St. Catherine

So. 

IF/C

Ellsworth, Wis. 

Chelsea Koehn

Hamline

Sr. 

IF/OF

Clyde, Mich. / Port Huron North

Mary-Clare Couillard 

Hamline

Sr.

IF

Fridley, Minn. / St. Anthony Village

Kate Deming

St. Benedict

So.

OF

Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson

Juile Graf

St. Olaf

Fy. 

P/OF

Sammamish, Wash. / Eastlake

Chase Shortly

St. Thomas

So.

C/IF

Forest Lake, Minn. 

Anna Lauko

Carleton

So. 

OF

Whitefish Bay, Wis. 

Samantha Anderson

Augsburg

So. 

P/INF

Coon Rapids, Minn. 

Megan Bush

St. Thomas

Sr. 

OF

Chicago, Ill. / Mother McAuley

Emily Carr

St. Olaf

So.

OF

Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson

Kylie Macziewski

St. Catherine

Jr. 

IF

Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson

Anna Hinderaker

St. Catherine

So. 

OF

Rosemount, Minn. 

Casey Anderson

Hamline

Sr. 

P/IF

Robbinsdale, Minn. / Cooper

Mariah Uphoff

Bethel

Fy. 

OF

Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville South

Sara Wennerstrand

St. Benedict

Jr. 

C

Baxter, Minn. / Brainerd

Hanna Heacox

Gustavus

Sr. 

P

Stillwater, Minn. 

Sam Kile

Carleton

So. 

P/IF

Elk Grove, Calif. / Consumnes Oaks

Megan Tonianto

St. Benedict

Jr. 

OF

Woodbury, Minn. / Hill-Murray

Amber Montero

St. Catherine

Fy. 

UT

Circle Pines, Minn. / Centennial

Brenna Walek

St. Thomas

Sr.

DH/1B

Maple Grove, Minn. / Cooper

Emilie Antony

St. Benedict

So.

OF

Forest Lake, Minn. 

Aubree Douglas

Hamline

So. 

C

San Jacinto, Calif.

Ashley Betzold

Saint Mary's

Sr. 

P/INF

Farmington, Minn. 

Kathi Opsahl

Saint Mary's

Sr. 

OF

Elk River, Minn. 

Jessica Bentley

St. Olaf

Jr. 

P/OF

Minneapolis, Minn. / Edina

Wendy Roberts

Bethel

Jr. 

INF

Grantsburg, Wis.

Jena Willis

Gustavus

Sr. 

UT

Kalispell, Mt. / Glacier

Kaela Jackson

Macalester

Fy.

UT/C

Seattle, Wash. / James A. Garfield

Madison Little 

Concordia

Sr. 

OF

Fargo, N.D. / Fargo Shanley

Morghan Bean

Macalester

Jr.

P/UT

Muscatine, Iowa

Dana Connelly

St. Thomas

So.

OF

Mendota Heights, Minn. / Cretin-DHall

Katie Eppard

Carleton

Jr. 

OF/C

Pleasanton, Calif. / Amador Valley

Elise Barnes

St. Thomas

Fy.

IF

South St. Paul, Minn. 


2017 MIAC SOFTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION

Name

Schools

Year  

Position  

Hometown / High School

Emily Carlson  

Gustavus

Fy.   

C

Burnsville, Minn. 

Corrie Lucchesi

Carleton

Jr. 

IF

Chicago, Ill. / Lane Tech

Anna Nichols

Bethel

Sr. 

P/1B

Minnetonka, Minn. 

Sara DeMars

Hamline

Sr. 

P/IF

St. Anthony, Minn. / St. Anthony Village

Carly Dropik

Augsburg

So.

OF

Alexandria, Minn. 

Claire Boatman

St. Benedict

So. 

IF

Savage, Minn. / Burnsville

Katie Parker

Augsburg

Jr. 

OF

Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville North

Abbie Annen

Hamline

Jr. 

C

Shakopee, Minn. 

Brittney Birkhauser

Saint Mary's

Jr. 

IF

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. / Assumption

Nikki Caicedo

Macalester

Sr.

C

Clinton Township, Mich. / Chippewa Valley

Brianna Cline

Augsburg

Sr.

OF/INF

St. Clair, Minn. 

Kiela DeVlaeminck

St. Benedict

Jr. 

P

Waconia, Minn. 



2017 SOFTBALL ALL-MIAC SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM
Augsburg - Haley Larson (Sr., Shakopee, Minn. / Prior Lake)
Bethel - Megan Bode (Jr., Rogers, Minn.)
Carleton - Mia Orans (Sr., San Francisco, Calif. / Piedmont)
Concordia - Maddie Little (Sr., Fargo, N.D. / Fargo Shanley)
Gustavus - Emily Carlson (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.)
Hamline - Roxanne Reinfeld (So., Coon, Rapids, Minn. / Legacy)
Macalester -Natalie Platt (Jr., Boulder, Colo.)
Saint Benedict - Linsey Sanchez (So., Omaha, Neb. / Marian)
St. Catherine - Anna Hinderaker (So., Rosemount, Minn.)
Saint Mary's - Amber Trendle (So., Chicago, Ill. / De La Salle)
St. Olaf - Kate Arneson (So., Northfield, Minn.)
St. Thomas - Brook Pantila (Sr., Woodbury, Minn.)