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Softball places four on all-conference ballot

Megan Crockett
Megan Crockett

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Simpson softball's Megan Crockett has earned American Rivers All-Conference First Team honors for her impressive sophomore season, while Ashley Allen, Emily Bell and Sara Trent were tabbed to the second team.

The Storm ended their season in the A-R-C Tournament semifinals in a 3-1 loss to Coe. Simpson finished with a 21-19 record and were 7-9 in conference play. To end the regular season, the squad went on a 5-3 run in league play to make the conference tournament as the sixth seed.

As a unit, the Storm led the A-R-C with 26 home runs and were third with 59 doubles. Of those 26 longballs, 18 were against conference opponents.

Megan Crockett | First Team, Designated Player

  • Sophomore from Bryant, Iowa
  • Led the conference with nine home runs
  • Drove in 31 runs on 38 hits while batting .369 and scored 19 runs, all were team highs
  • Tallied 16 hits and six homers in conference play
  • Named A-R-C Female Athlete and Softball Position Player of the Week on April 22
  • Had a six-game hitting streak during the stretch of March 16-31
  • Only had four hits, three runs scored and one RBI during her freshman season for the Storm

Ashley Allen | Second Team, Catcher

  • Senior from Laurel, Iowa
  • This is her third selection to an all-conference team, she was an honorable mention nod in 2018 and second team performer in 2017
  • Finished fourth on the team in hits with 25 and had eight doubles to tie for first
  • Was third on the team with four homers
  • Threw out 12 would-be base stealers and had a .975 fielding percentage from behind the plate

Emily Bell | Second Team, Pitcher

  • Sophomore from Aurora, Colo.
  • Fifth in the conference with a 2.27 earned run average and held an 11-6 record inside the circle
  • Struck out 78 batters to finish fourth in the conference in 114.0 innings of work
  • Named the A-R-C Softball Pitcher of the Week once this season
  • This is her second-straight selection to the all-conference second team
  • Ended with 19 hits, eight doubles and three homers to drive in five runs
  • Batted .333 which was second-best on the team in only 57 plate appearances

Sara Trent | Second Team, Third Base

  • Sophomore from Fairfield, Iowa
  • Tied for first in doubles (8), second on the team in home runs (6), RBIs (20) and tied for second in hits (30)
  • Batted .297 for the year with a .554 slugging percentage
  • Had two five-game hitting streaks and one six-game streak during the season