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There are plenty of talented players on the field this week as the best DII players battle for the NCAA championship. Here are nine who are primed to make an impact:
Here are nine players who can make an impact when the Division II softball championships begin this week in Denver.
Pitcher: Kilee Halbart, West Texas A&M, sophomore. Earned Lone Star Conference pitcher of the year. Halbert is 26-2 with a 2.05 ERA. She has four shutouts and has struck out 138 batters in 171.1 innings.
Catcher: Lacey Taylor, West Texas A&M, senior. Taylor set school record with 22 doubles. She is hitting .371 with eight home runs and 57 RBI. Taylor threw out six runners and committed only two errors.
First base: Brooklynn Clark, North Alabama, senior. Clark helped the Lions to their first NCAA Division II Softball Championship by collecting 100 hits in 200 at bats for an impressive .500 batting average. She has knocked in 78 runs and hit 16 home runs. She was Gulf South Conference player of the year.
Second base: Jenna Lenza, Grand Valley State, junior. Lenza is hitting .341 with 15 doubles and 27 RBI. She has a fielding percentage of .953. Lenza made first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Third base: Brenna Martini, Adelphi, sophomore. Earned Northeast-10 player of the year. Martini leads the team in hitting with a .424 average. She has hit 14 home runs with 61 RBI.
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Shortstop: Macy Coleman, Armstrong State, freshman. Coleman, in her first season, has made an impact, hitting 10 home runs with 40 RBI. Defensively, she committed only four errors and has a .977 fielding percentage.
Outfield: Brooke Goad, Southern Arkansas, sophomore. Goad set a single-season school record and a Great American Conference record in home runs with 22. She is hitting .362, has knocked in 53 runs while scoring 62. The 62 runs is the most scored in a season for a Southern Arkansas player.
Outfield: Hanna Holland, Humboldt State, sophomore. Holland set a school record in stolen bases with 66. She was only caught six times. She leads the team in hitting with a .418 average and has scored 53 runs.
Outfield: Rachelle Toppings, Charleston (W. Va.), junior. Toppings is hitting .351 with 21 RBI. She leads the team in hits with 78.