NACC Announces 2018 Softball Season Awards

NACC Position Player of the Year Melissa Balkema (l), NACC Pitcher of the Year Abby Mahsem (r)
NACC Position Player of the Year Melissa Balkema (l), NACC Pitcher of the Year Abby Mahsem (r)

The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference softball awards have been announced for the 2018 season. All awards are voted on by the league's head coaches.

Concordia University Chicago's Melissa Balkema was named Position Player of the Year while Wisconsin Lutheran College's Abby Mahsem was tabbed Pitcher of the Year.

Marian University's Peyton Loesch was selected as the Freshman of the Year and the Sabres' Tony Draves was voted Coach of the Year by his peers following Marian's (25-11, 17-5 NACC) share of the regular-season title -- the program's first in the NACC.


The complete awards listing appears below.


2018 NACC Softball Awards

Position Player of the Year: Melissa Balkema, Concordia Chicago

Pitcher of the Year: Abby Mahsem, Wisconsin Lutheran

Freshman of the Year: Peyton Loesch, Marian

Coach of the Year: Tony Draves, Marian


First Team All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Becky Karlinski Benedictine Sr. P Naperville, Ill.
Abby Mahsem Wisconsin Lutheran Jr. P South Milwaukee, Wis.
Paige Rauhut Marian So. P McHenry, Ill.
Marita Van Dyke Concordia Chicago Jr. P Brownsburg, Ind.
Emily Snow MSOE Jr. C Long Beach, Calif.
Courtney Grasz Benedictine Sr. 1B Chicago, Ill.
Ally Fox Marian So. 2B Greenville, Wis.
Jenna Boyajian Benedictine Sr. 3B Berwyn, Ill.
Elaine Walker Aurora Jr. SS Schaumburg, Ill.
Calie Delisi Lakeland Sr. OF Oak Forest, Ill.
Gianna Esposito Marian So. OF Bolingbrook, Ill.
Allison Kruk Concordia Chicago Sr. OF Elgin, Ill.
Melissa Balkema Concordia Chicago Jr. DP Saint John, Ind.
Emily Chitwood Benedictine Sr. DP White Heath, Ill.
Molly O'Connell Concordia Wisconsin So. UT New London, Wis.
Second Team All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Lorrin Pondo MSOE Fr. P Bolingbrook, Ill.
Steph Renner Aurora Fr. P Crown Point, Ind.
Peyton Loesch Marian Fr. 1B Bolingbrook, Ill.
Amanda Manssen MSOE So. 1B Bull Valley, Ill.
Josie Bachtell Aurora Jr. 2B Chula Vista, Calif.
Stefanie D'Anna Concordia Chicago Sr. 2B LaGrange Park, Ill.
Sydney Getz Concordia Chicago Jr. 3B Maylene, Ala.
Amanda Meister Edgewood Fr. SS Muscoda, Wis.
Julia Orozco Dominican Fr. OF Lemont, Ill.
Rachel Ziemba MSOE Jr. OF South Elgin, Ill.
Sydney Kuderna Dominican Jr. UT Naperville, Ill.