ACC softball players honored for 2021 season
ALPENA–After a remarkable turnaround in the second half of the season, several members of the Alpena Community College softball team have been honored for their 2021 play.
“The unique thing about this season was that we had a different lineup every weekend,” ACC coach Christin Sobeck said. “It’s about finding a way to win and we had some great, dedicated student-athletes who were dedicated to taking care of the ball. On the field, they found a way to get it done.”
Freshman pitcher Jade Schultz was named to the Division II all-region and all-Michigan Community College Athletic Association team and MCCAA first team. She was also named to the MCCAA’s all-freshmen team and was named Freshman of the Year.
Schultz made 25 appearances in the circle and went 16-4-1, striking out 98 and walking 29 in 117.2 innings pitched. She also pitched 13 complete games and earned one save.
At the plate, she batted .527 with five home runs, 13 RBI, 28 hits and a team-leading 38 runs scored.
Freshman Paige Wooden also earned Division II all-region and all-MCCAA team honors as well as nods on the MCCAA first team and all-freshman team.
Wooden batted .476 for Alpena with five home runs, 41 RBI and a team-best 59 hits.
Freshman Dayna LaBell was named to the MCCAA’s first team and was also named to the all-freshmen team.
LaBell batted .395 with 10 RBI, 47 hits and 31 runs scored. LaBell also stole 10 bases
Freshman Aubree Sheldon earned second team all-conference honors.
Sheldon batted .419 for the season with a home run, 22 RBI, 20 runs scored and 36 hits.
The Lumberjacks finished 17-20 overall, but went 17-7 over the final two months of the season. They also ended the regular season on a nine-game winning streak and earned a playoff spot for the first time since 2010.
Sobeck praised her team’s ability to roll with the punches, dealing with positive COVID cases, injuries and common illness on the way to a strong finish to the year.
“The players’ flexibility and dedication to show up every day, whether in practice or a game, was amazing,” Sobeck said.
After a momentous end to the regular season, Sobeck and the Lumberjacks are hoping to keep the momentum rolling into next year.
“We’re excited to have such a dynamite group coming back and we’ve got some great recruits coming in, so we’re just focused on continuing to build tradition here,” Sobeck said.