Transylvania University dominated the voting when postseason softball awards were announced Wednesday by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Junior first baseman Krista DeBurger (Henry County) was named MVP in a vote of league coaches. Jamie Lutes (Bullitt East) was selected at Pitcher of the Year, and Shawn Hendrickson was chosen Coach of the Year.
The trio led Transylvania to the HCAC regular-season championship with a 14-2 league record. The Pioneers finished 26-13 overall. Hanover claimed the league’s automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament by winning the HCAC tourney last weekend.
DeBurger batted .467 with a conference-best slugging percentage of 1.044 in league play. She also led the HCAC with seven home runs, 21 RBI, 47 total bases, nine walks and a .569 on-base percentage.
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Lutes posted a 9-0 record during and 1.11 ERA in conference play.
Freshman second baseman Brittany Mumford (Louisville Christian) joined DeBurger and Lutes on the All-HCAC first team. Three Transy freshmen were named to the second team: catcher Jessica Powell (Louisville Christian), third baseman Meg Liter and outfielder Shelby Gambrell (Owen County). Another freshman, pitcher Jenna Stiles, earned honorable mention. Senior infielder Katie Hulsman was selected to the league’s All-Sportsmanship team.