Bridget Schade Named All-Region
After a season of ups and downs for the Bulldog softball team, the ’Dogs end the season with one player–senior outfielder Bridget Schade–earning a Daktronics second-team All-Region nod.
Schade’s .432 batting average and 12 home runs, along with her 44 RBIs, had already earned her a first-team All-MIAA awardbefore the announcement on May 8. She was the only Bulldog on the list.
Her numbers vastly improved from last season, her first season as a Bulldog after transferring from Jefferson College. In her junior season, she finished with a .325 average and six homeruns, which was enough to earn her a spot on the all-MIAA honorable mention list. In just two seasons in Kirksville, Schade left a permanent mark on the Truman record books, finishing third all-time in batting average and fourth in home runs.
Although Schade was the only Bulldog named, Kirksville native and Missouri Western sophomore pitcher Jackie Bishop was named first team All-Region for a second time and also took home Pitcher of the Year honors after going 24-5 with a 1.42 ERA and 243 strikeouts in 183 innings.
Schade was one of six Bulldogs to be named to the all-conference list, and the only to make first team. Freshman pitcher Kelsea Dorsey was the only ’Dog to make second-team. Dorsey led the pitching staff with a 16-9 record, a 2.72 ERA and 133 strikeouts. Senior outfielder Katie Pitts, junior outfielder Laura Miller, sophomore utility player Kelsey Bollman and freshman catcher Liz Leath all were named to the honorable mention roster.
After a hot start, the ’Dogs fell off in the middle of the season, finishing 23-28 and tying for eighth place in the powerhouse MIAA conference. With only a few graduating seniors and a number of returning veterans, head coach Erin Brown and the Bulldogs will certainly look to build on the strides made this season.