Elliott, Pierce, Thomas make 2nd-team All-Heartland softball list

OC second baseman Monique Elliott was one of three Lady Eagles to receive second-team All-Heartland Conference softball honors.
OC second baseman Monique Elliott was one of three Lady Eagles to receive second-team All-Heartland Conference softball honors.

WACO, Texas (May 2, 2013) – Monique Elliott, Kendra Pierce and Martha Thomas represented Oklahoma Christian on the All-Heartland Conference softball honor teams, which were released Thursday.

Elliott (second base), Pierce (shortstop) and Thomas (designated player) all made the second-team list. Despite the fact OC would have finished third in the conference had the Lady Eagles’ games counted in the league standings, OC did not have a player on the first-team list. OC’s players also were not eligible for individual awards.

Elliott, a sophomore from El Cajon, Calif., hit .311 with 10 RBIs and nine stolen bases for the Lady Eagles, who are 22-22 and awaiting word on a possible berth in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship. Elliott finished fifth in the conference in runs scored with 33 and also committed only four errors at second base.

Pierce and Thomas, meanwhile, were two of the most feared hitters in the conference, belying their status as second-team picks.

Pierce, a sophomore out of Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, was third in the conference in hitting at .418 and led the league in RBIs with 54, even though no Heartland team played fewer games than did OC this season. She ranked second in the league in hits (61), doubles (22) and total bases (100) and tied for eighth in home runs with five.

Pierce was a second-team All-Sooner Athletic Conference pick as a freshman.

Thomas, a junior from North Richland Hills, Texas, hit .374 with 36 RBIs and 10 home runs. She ranked seventh in the conference in batting average, third in RBIs, third in doubles (14) and total bases (94) and tied for second in home runs.

“I was very proud of Monique, Kendra and Martha for being honored as All-Heartland softball second-team,” OC coach Tom Heath said. “Being our first year to participate in the Heartland Conference and playing against the other universities for the first time, I was pleased that three of our players were recognized as some of the best in our conference.”

Third baseman Nicole Sardelich of regular-season champion St. Mary’s (Texas) was named the conference’s player of the year after hitting .454 with 30 RBIs and three home runs. Emily Brittain of St. Mary’s and Sarah Debrow of St. Edward’s (Texas) shared the pitcher of the year award.

Chelsea Capello of Texas A&M International was the freshman of the year, Cassie Garcia of TAMIU was the newcomer of the year and Donna Fields of St. Mary’s was the coach of the year.