AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference announced its Softball postseason awards for the 2017 season. Among those honored were five Capital University softball players, four of which were all named All-OAC Second Team.
The top four hitters in the Capital lineup were named All-OAC, as voted on by conference coaches. Juniors Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Nordonia), Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview), and sophomore Kristen Mellott (Clear Springs, Md./Clear Springs) were all named Second Team All-OAC. Freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Brecksview-Broadview) was rewarded with an honorable mention nod following her first year with the Crusaders.
Vickers currently leads the OAC in individual batting average, and her .460 overall clip is good for 48th in the nation. In conference play, she is hitting .415 with 22 hits and two runs batted in. She has stolen three bases and scored 10 runs for the Purple and White while locking down duties at shortstop with a .910 fielding percentage in conference play.
Walter leads the team in extra-base hits (13) against conference opponents behind eight doubles, two home runs and one triple. She has also driven in seven runs out of the leadoff spot of the Capital lineup. Overall, the centerfielder holds the team lead with six homers and 28 ribbies. In addition, she has an unblemished fielding percentage and five outfield assists, this season.
Mellott has been a machine in the hot corner, committing just five errors in 37 games. Her bat has been just as heated behind her .311 batting average and 21 RBIs. In conference play, she has hit even better as she rests on a .417 batting average, seven doubles and 10 RBIs.
For Vickers, Walter and Mellott, this marks their first all-conference honor of their respective careers.
Also garnering Second Team All-OAC laurels was senior pitcher Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton), who is now a two-time all-conference selection. She was also a second team honoree last year.
Against OAC competition, Martinelli (6-4) possesses a 1.64 earned run average and has a 42:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Overall, she is 14-7 with one save, has struck out 66 and walked 36 in 142.2 innings pitched. Her regular season ERA stands at 2.06.
Freshman Morgan Fadel made a splash in her first collegiate season, possessing a .375 batting average during the conference season with three doubles and six RBIs. She ended the regular season with an overall success rate of .368 at the plate, eight doubles and 16 ribbies.