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Lauko headlines Carleton All-MIAC Softball honorees

May 14, 2019 at 4:43 pm
By Carlston McKenzie '22 and Oliver Wolyniec '19
Anna Lauko
Anna Lauko
Photo: Nathan Klok

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – After finishing the 2019 campaign with a 24-15 record (10-12 MIAC), the Carleton College softball team saw four players earn All-MIAC recognition.

Senior Anna Lauko (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) collected her third All-MIAC award along with two-time All-Conference honorees Maris Daleo (So./Stillman Valley, Ill.) and Sam Kile (Sr./Elk Grove, Calif./Consumnes Oaks). Junior Natalie Maurice (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) earned her first All-Conference award, while first-year Madison Collins (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) was named to the  MIAC All-Sportsmanship team.

Lauko led the MIAC this season with 35 hits in conference play and was ranked seventh with 56 overall. Lauko also finished the year with a .449 batting average, which ranked second in the conference. Along with hits and batting average, she also led the Knights in runs, doubles, and triples. In the field, the senior was perfect, notching zero errors all season.

Daleo achieved All-Conference status for the second time in as many tries, even after missing some time late in the year while nursing an injury. The sophomore made life difficult for opposing pitchers and defenses, as she struck out a mere three times all year. She tallied 50 hits with 18 RBI over the course of the season and boasted an on-base percentage of .475. She also finished ninth in the MIAC in stolen bases with seven.

Kile wrapped up her Carleton softball career with her second All-Conference award. She was the go-to pitcher for the Knights, tossing 67 innings in MIAC play and 128 innings overall. En route to 14 complete games this season, she posted an ERA of just 2.02, seventh-best in the conference. Kile did some damage at the plate as well, mashing three home runs and slugging .393.

Maurice earned her first All-Conference award this year. She manned the catcher position superbly, throwing out six base-runners, second-best in MIAC play. Her bat was potent as well, as the junior lifted five home runs and recorded 48 hits, 12 more than her total last season. She also finished the year with an impressive .612 slugging percentage.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the 13th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for softball. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

Collins was the Carleton representative on the team. Her successes on the field included 16 hits in MIAC play, six of which were doubles. She also drove in 16 runs for the Knights.