Vikings receive All-Conference honors
Seven Viking student-athletes have been named to the 2017 All Mid-Florida Conference team for softball. Sophomore Sydney Shows was an All Mid-Florida Conference first team selection. Sophomore Kayla Kight and freshmen Selena Bezares and Brittany Lewis were selected for the All Mid-Florida Conference second team. Sophomore Christiana Marasa and freshmen Taylor Nilsson and Madison Roeshink were All Mid-Florida Conference honorable mention selections.
An honorable mention selection for last year’s All Mid-Florida Conference team, Sydney Shows returns as a first team selection this year. The sophomore from Lafayette High School played a huge part in the Viking offense, batting .421 for the season with 45 runs, 15 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 32 runs batted in (RBIs), as well as 5 stolen bases. Defensively, Shows had a .931 fielding percentage for the season, committing only 16 errors in the 232 plays in which she was involved.
Sophomore Kayla Kight and freshmen Selena Bezares and Brittany Lewis earned All Mid-Florida Conference second team honors this year.
Kight was also a strong force in the Viking lineup this season, batting .399 with 27 runs on 63 hits, including 15 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 33 RBIs and a stolen base. The infielder and Creekside High School alumnus had an impressive .940 fielding percentage, committing only 10 errors out of 168 chances. Kight was also a member of last year’s All Mid-Florida Conference honorable mention team.
Her .327 batting average does not accurately reflect Selena Bezares’ solid performance for the Vikings this season in which she produced 25 runs and 41 RBIs from her 49 hits, which included five doubles and 11 home runs. Defensively, the freshman infielder from Plant City boasts a .943 fielding percentage, committing only nine errors out of 157 chances this season.
Viking catcher Brittany Lewis was also consistent at the plate this season, batting .340 with 10 runs scored on 34 hits, including two doubles, 12 RBIs and five stolen bases. The Gainesville High School graduate was an anchor behind the plate, committing only one error out of 154 chances for an impressive .994 fielding percentage.
Like her Viking teammates Shows and Kight, Christiana Marasa was also a member of last year’s All Mid-Florida Conference honorable mention team. The sophomore pitcher from Palm City, Florida, earned honorable mention honors again this season, batting .323 for the Vikings with 33 runs on 60 hits, including six doubles, a triple, two home runs, 24 RBIs and eight stolen bases. On the mound, Marasa was 10-10 for the season, including a shutout against Miami-Dade College, and averaged 1.54 strikeouts per game. In addition, she boasts a .986 fielding percentage, committing only three errors out of 215 plays in which she was involved. Marasa has received a scholarship offer from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.
Freshmen Taylor Nilsson and Madison Roeshink also earned a spot on the All Mid-Florida Conference honorable mention team for their contributions this season.
Outfielder Taylor Nilsson, a graduate of Buchholz High School in Gainesville, played in 56 of the Vikings’ 57 games this season. Nilsson batted .297 for the season, with 21 runs scored on 38 hits, including four doubles, 16 RBIs and three stolen bases. Defensively, she had a .930 fielding percentage, committing only seven errors in 100 chances.
Viking pitcher and outfielder Madison Roeshink was 13-13 on the mound this season, with one save and two shutouts. The DeBary native averaged 3.26 strikeouts per game and committed no errors in the 102 plays in which she was involved.
The Viking softball team ended its 2017 season at 27-30 and 7-17 in conference play.
SJR State athletics consist of women’s volleyball, women’s fastpitch softball, and men’s baseball and are based on the Palatka campus. For more information regarding SJR State athletics, visit www.SJRvikings.com.
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