Five Players Receive KCAC Softball All-Conference Awards; Michaela Shouldis Named Player of the Year

WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 all-conference softball awards. Student-athletes were selected for all awards by vote of the KCAC head softball coaches.


The Ottawa University Braves are the regular season champions, ending the season with a 34-15 overall record and an 18-4 conference record, earning head coach Jay Kahnt KCAC Coach of the Year by his peers.


Michaela Shouldis of Oklahoma Wesleyan University earns the KCAC Player of the Year award following a regular season where she hit a conference-leading 0.466 average, 75 hits, 47 runs, four doubles, and two home runs. Molli Morgan of Ottawa University earned KCAC Pitcher of the Year, Lacey Hudson of Friends was named Newcomer of the Year, and Tabor Bluejay Madison Byrd is the 2017 Freshman of the Year.


The following athletes were selected by conference coaches as All-KCAC First Team, All-KCAC Second Team, and KCAC Honorable Mention.


First Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Molli Morgan (U) Ottawa Sr. Pitcher Paola, Kan.
Madison Byrd (U) Tabor Fr. Pitcher Stanton, Calif.
Jordyn Parsons (U) Kansas Wesleyan Sr. Pitcher Surprise, Ariz.
Ellena Cott-Laurie (U) Ottawa So. Catcher Topeka, Kan.
Kerrigan Travens Tabor Jr. Catcher Reno, Nev.
Sara Gonzalez (U) Friends Sr. Infield Granada Hills, Calif.
Elisa Valenzuela Ottawa Sr. Infield La Puente, Calif.
Jordan Girard Kansas Wesleyan Sr. Infield Blythe, Calif.
Anna Crawford Bethany Sr. Infield Pryor, Okla.
Lacey Hudson Friends Sr. Infield Enid, Okla.
Kortney Jones McPherson Fr. Infield Brentwood, Calif.
Michaela Shouldis (U) Oklahoma Wesleyan Jr. Outfield Dayton, Ore.
Laykyn Lindsay Friends Sr. Outfield Wichita, Kan.
Brianna Miller Oklahoma Wesleyan Sr. Outfield Nederland, Texas
Ashlee Gutierrez Kansas Wesleyan Jr. Outfield Rialto, Calif.
Chelsea Conrad McPherson So. Outfield Ione, Calif.
Autumn Gillespie (U) Kansas Wesleyan Sr. Designated Player Ennis, Texas
Emma Wager (U) Bethany Fr. Utility Palo Alto, Calif.
Second Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Carrie Lee Saint Mary Sr. Pitcher Alameda, Calif.
Maci Walker Friends Jr. Pitcher Terrell, Texas
Christie Betker McPherson Fr. Pitcher Reno, Nev.
Vanessa Oakden Friends Sr. Catcher Clackamas, Ore.
Britney Howard Oklahoma Wesleyan So. Catcher Aurora, Texas
Jessica Jones McPherson Fr. Infield Brentwood, Calif.
Araselly Vargas Tabor Sr. Infield Tucson, Ariz.
Kailey Jenkins Friends Sr. Infield Wellington, Kan.
Tobi Salzman Sterling Jr. Infield Huntington Beach, Calif.
Isabella Gonzalez Friends So. Outfield Bakersfield, Calif.
Kori Lacey Ottawa Fr. Outfield Edmond, Okla.
Emily Sparks Kansas Wesleyan Jr. Outfield Aurora, Colo.
Kiana Villarreal York So. Designated Player Keizer, Ore.
Peyton Timmerman Southwestern Jr. Utility Ozark, Ark.
Honorable Mention
Name School Year Position Hometown
Heather Breslin Friends Jr. Pitcher Anchorage, Alaska
Ashleigh Capps Oklahoma Wesleyan So. Pitcher Fort Worth, Texas
Rylie Scudder Bethel So. Pitcher Little Elm, Texas
Brittany Rayls York Sr. Catcher Menifee, Calif.
Katie Holmes McPherson Sr. Catcher Harrah, Okla.
Alyssa Waldron Kansas Wesleyan Sr. Catcher Pine Grove, Calif.
Alyssa Montoya Bethany Jr. Infield Bay City, Texas
Arizona Schraeder Tabor Fr. Infield Placentia, Calif.
Aymet Demara Kansas Wesleyan Sr. Infield Maricopa, Ariz.
Amber Harris Ottawa Sr. Infield Paola, Kan.
Hannah Gradillas Saint Mary Jr. Infield Tucson, Ariz.
Paige Hall Southwestern So. Infield Miami, Okla.
Kennedy Brunson Friends Jr. Infield Garden City, Kan.
Nicole DeSimone Saint Mary Sr. Infield Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Judith Salazar McPherson Jr. Infield Santa Maria, Calif.
Dominique Salgado Sterling Jr. Infield Sylmar, Calif.
Maricela Romero York Fr. Infield Bakersfield, Calif.
Whytleigh Guerrero Southwestern Jr. Infield Stroud, Okla.
Taylor Todd Kansas Wesleyan Sr. Infield Kellyville, Okla.
Jyllian Ahart York Fr. Infield Fresno, Calif.
Deanna Van Poucke Bethany Sr. Outfield Tonopah, Nev.
Michelle Paul Kansas Wesleyan Jr. Outfield Corona, Calif.
Tiah Grass Sterling So. Outfield Pendleton, Ore.
Molly Reyes York Sr. Outfield Corona, Calif.
Kenzie Stevens Ottawa Jr. Outfield Owasso, Okla.
Brianna Quiroz Tabor Sr. Outfield Tucson, Ariz.
Trista Rich Bethel Sr. Outfield Junction City, Kan.
Ali Smith McPherson Fr. Outfield Lodi, Calif.
Kaylee Clinton Oklahoma Wesleyan Fr. Designated Player Hugo, Okla.
Kaylie Felix Tabor Jr. Designated Player San Diego, Calif.
Gold Glove Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Madison Byrd Tabor Fr. Pitcher Stanton, Calif.
Ellena Cott-Laurie Ottawa So. Catcher Topeka, Kan.
Dani Calder Tabor So. 1B Phelan, Calif.
Taylor Todd Kansas Wesleyan Sr. 2B Kellyville, Okla.
Araselly Vargas Tabor Sr. 3B Tucson, Ariz.
Amber Harris Ottawa Sr. SS Paola, Kan.
Laykyn Lindsay Friends Sr. OF Wichita, Kan.
Ashlee Gutierrez Kansas Wesleyan Jr. OF Rialto, Calif.
Brianna Miller Oklahoma Wesleyan Sr. OF Nederland, Texas