Frosh Kelsey Coburn named All-Region
Lewisville freshman recognized for standout season
Third-Baseman hits 3 HR, .427, drives in 32 runs
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- In The Valley of Fear, author Arthur Conan Doyle wrote that “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
Giving credit often says as much about the person doing the crediting as it does about the honoree.
The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced the results for the 2013 Central All-Region softball team, and there was one player the coaches surely found easy to toast.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University freshman Kelsey Coburn was one of a select number of players chosen for the All-Region team.
The third baseman enjoyed a stellar season in which she finished the year as the No. 4 batter in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Her .427 batting average led the Lady Lions and also placed her at No. 58 among the NAIA's best.
She had a base hit in 31 of 37 games, once hitting safely in 13 straight contests.
A graduate of Lewisville High School (northwest of Dallas, Tx), the 5-foot-7 Coburn was also the Lady Lions’ best in driving in runs with 32 RBI’s. The figure placed her ninth in the RRAC. In the team's first season a year ago, seven runs batted in was tops on the team.
She smacked three of the team’s five home runs and had 15 extra-base hits.
One of three Lady Lions to start all 37 games (Kasey Poovey, Feliciana Maldonado), Coburn paced the team in scoring with 24 runs, hits (50) and her .624 slugging percentage was 130 points higher than any other player.
She was the toughest player in purple to strike out, fanning just six times in 117 official at bats, or once every 19.5 trips to the plate.
Anchoring down the infield with her play at the 'hot corner,' Coburn made just nine errors. Her glovework and arm were very dependable as was her decision-making.
Coburn’s performance was instrumental in the Lady Lions improving from 2-28 to 13-24.
Head Coach Tim Grant’s team amped-up their offense this spring. SAGU scored 4.49 runs per game, which ranked #112 of the NAIA’s 190 women’s teams.
On the surface, that is not a headline-maker... until compared to 2012.
During their inaugural campaign a season ago, the Lady Lions netted a paltry 1.46 rpg, ranking 191st among 194 programs.
In 2012 the Purple Pride crossed home plate just 43 times. This spring Coburn knocked in 32 by herself and the team passed “Go” 160 times.
Central Baptist College, who won the Central Regional tournament on their home field in Conway, Arkansas, deservedly placed five members on the 16-woman squad. The entire team is posted below.
Their Head Coach, Crystal Robinson, was selected as the Coach of the Year in the region. The Mustangs hit .326 as a team, which ranked No. 30 in the NAIA.
Mid-American Christian University (Ok) and Oklahoma Wesleyan University have three representatives, while Southern Nazarene University (Ok) and Oklahoma Christian University – both NCAA Division II schools, have two.
CBC Mustangs gallop to Regional crown
The single-elimination Central Region tournament was held last month, with CBC sweeping the field at the City of Colleges Park.
The Lady Mustangs opened with a 9-0 rout of Crowley’s Ridge College (Ark) while Oklahoma Christian thumped Hillsdale Baptist College (Ok), 10-2. The Lady Saints ended their season at 6-33.
OCU whipped a very good Oklahoma Wesleyan University (35-18 record) team, 7-0, to advance to the final against Central Baptist.
The Mustangs (34-13), the highest scoring team in the NAIA at 8.22 runs per game, clipped the OKWU Eagles, 14-8, to take the crown.
Central Baptist qualified for a berth at the NCCAA Nationals, May 9-11, which was held in Botetourt, Virginia.
The Mustangs, the No. 2 seed, were held to six runs in three games. The seedings for the 10-team field are posted below. Click here for the results.
Union University (Tenn) won four of five games, including a 4-1 triumph in the championship, edging Shorter University (Ga), who had a 4-2 mark.
The Shorter Hawks won the NAIA title in 2012.
Two teams from the Central Region; Central Baptist (1-2) and Oklahoma Wesleyan (0-2) participated.
2013 All-Region Softball Team
1. Jessica Sheldon, Central Baptist College
2. Christen Kirchner, Central Baptist College
3. Haley Baugh, Central Baptist College
4. Samantha Luther, Central Baptist College
5. Jessica Tickle, Central Baptist College
6. Amy Madden, Southern Nazarene University
7. Kylie Lang, Southern Nazarene University
8. Jackie Hilterbran, Mid-America Christian University
9. Erica Love, Mid-America Christian University
10. Kenna McCoy, Mid-America Christian University
11. Kelsey Coburn, SAGU
12. Allison Edwards, Oklahoma Wesleyan University
13. Miranda Kiser, Oklahoma Wesleyan University
14. Jenna Daniel, Oklahoma Wesleyan University
15. Kendra Pierce, Oklahoma Christian University
16. Taylor Mosher, Oklahoma Christian University
Coach of the Year - Crystal Robinson, Central Baptist College
NCCAA National Championship Seedings
1. Shorter University (Ga)
2. Central Baptist College (Ark)
3. Simpson University (Cal)
4. Judson University (Ill)
5. Indiana Wesleyan University
6. Union University (Tenn)
7. Geneva College (Penn)
8. Campbellsville University (Ky)
9. Oklahoma Wesleyan University
10. Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn)
Championship Game: Union 4-1 over Shorter