Thirteen St. Thomas Softball players from its 2017 team were honored for academic excellence by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The athletes had a 3.50 or better grade-point averages over the last school year. Coach John tschida's team posted an impressive 3.40 gpa last school year.
The honorees (2018 year listed)
- Elise Barnes (So., South St. Paul, Minn.)
- Melissa Barry (Jr., Apple Valley, Minn.)
- Jenna Bromen (Jr., Eagan, Minn.)
- Megan Bush (Grad, Chicago, Ill.)
- Dana Connelly (Jr., Mendota Heights, Minn.)
- Hayley Dunning (So., Littleton, Colo.)
- Alyssa Erdman (So., Verona, Wis.)
- Jaylen Heller (So., Kilkenny, Minn.)
- Maddy Kilby (Sr., Kenosha, Wis.)
- Kristin McGonigal (Jr., Omaha, Neb.)
- Carolyn Osdoba (Grad, Mankato, Minn.)
- Chase Shortly (Jr., Forest Lake, Minn.)
- Ellie Wachman (Sr., Long Lake, Minn.).
The 2017 Tommies were league champions and NCAA region runners-up with a 37-11 finish, despite starting seven sophomores or freshmen.
Barnes built a 13-game hit streak during one stretch. She had a hit, walk or RBI in each of her last 25 games and had 11 hits, eight runs and eight RBI in eight postseason games. She batted .350 with 43 hits and 15 steals, and at third base had only four errors in 150 chances.
Barry hit .374 with 54 hits with 35 runs, 16 steals and 12 RBI, and had just one error in 188 defensive chances. She only struck out twice to ranks among the national leaders, and had a team-best 17 multi-hit games. In 19 career postseason games, Barry has 21 hits and 11 runs.
Bromen had 35 hits in 119 at bats (.294) with five doubles, two home runs, and 28 RBI in 48 games.
Bush led the team with a .410 average and .612 slug percentage, with 21 extra-base hits and 40 RBI. Over the last three seasons, Bush had 112 hits while batting .349. She had 12 hits in eight postseason games.
Connelly batted .321 with 42 hits, 24 runs, 18 RBI and nine walks. In 19 career postseason games, Connelly has 15 hits, 11 RBI and four doubles.
Dunning pitched in seven games, striking out five in 10.1 innings, with an ERA of 0.68; had two at bats and scored one run.
Erdman and Heller were freshmen contributors to the junior-varsity team.
Kilby had four hits in 16 at bats (.250) with three RBI in 13 games.
McGonigal had four hits in 22 at bats with 16 runs scored, two RBI, and seven tolen bases in 40 games.
Osdoba had one hit in four at bats with two RBI in nine games.
Shortly led the team in RBI (40), hits (54) and doubles (20) while batting .362.
Wachmann had two hits in 10 at bats, with 10 runs scored, one RBI, and two stolen bases.