Warhawk softball players earn WIAC accolades

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

UW-Whitewater’s Morgan Krisch and Kelly McGrail earned two of the most prestigious Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball honors.

Krisch, a senior first baseman, earned the Position Player of the Year honor.

McGrail earned the Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete honor.

Krisch was one of four Warhawks, who won the league tournament title, to earn first-team honors.

Janesville Craig High graduate Haley Bayreuther, a sophomore shortstop at UW-Oshkosh, also earned first-team honors.

Third baseman Jo Jablonski, center fielder Mimi Ramirez and left fielder Samie Seamon joined Krisch as Warhawks named to the first team.

Krisch, a senior, was selected as the Position Player of the Year, after leading the WIAC with 56 hits and 99 total bases. She also ranked second with a .431 batting average and 12 home runs, third with a .762 slugging percentage, fourth with a .479 on-base percentage and fifth with 38 RBI.

She has committed just one error in 240 chances.

The Warhawks (31-9) continue their season in the NCAA Division III regional that begins Friday.

McGrail maintains a 3.98 grade point average and is majoring in special education with a minor in cognitive disabilities. She was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-America third-team selection and received Academic All-District first-team laurels in both 2012 and 2013.

Earlier this year, she received UW-Whitewater’s Chancellor Scholar-Athlete Award and the school’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 

Bayreuther led the WIAC with four triples, 24 walks and a .496 on-base percentage. She hit .370 while hitting three homers and five doubles and driving in 13 runs. Bayreuther ranked second in the conference with 39 runs and third with 13 stolen bases.

Bayreuther also earned the Titans’ spot on the All-Sportsmanship team.

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