Times Sports Editor
The final weeks of April meant the culmination of several Clay County athletes' collegiate softball careers.
Kentucky Wesleyan finished its season with a 17-31 overall mark and a 12-24 record in conference play. On April 22, Northview graduate Traci Sanders and Clay City alum Angie Camp were honored along with three Panther teammates in a ceremony following the second game of a doubleheader. The pair ended their Kentucky Wesleyan softball career following a two-year stint at Olney Central Junior College in Illinois.
Former Northview Knight, Emily Phillips has also finished her softball career following a two-year stint at Olney Central.
At KWC, Camp hit .211 her senior year with 31 hits in 147 at-bats and added a pair of home runs to go with seven doubles and a triple. She drove in 12 runs and stole four bases while placing second on the team in fielding percentage (.982).
With Clay City, Camp was a three-time All-Tri River Conference softball player had is currently tied for the school-record with five home runs in a season. The Eels won the 2007 Class A Sectional and was a regional runner-up with a 20-4 mark.
At Kentucky Wesleyan, Sanders finished her collegiate career by hitting .269 for the Panthers with 36 hits in 134 at-bats. She scored 17 times and drove in 15 with 10 doubles, which led the team.
Sanders, was an All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference performer as an Olney Central sophomore when she led the Knights with a .442 batting average and 47 RBI. She played in 59 games and had 76 hits in 172 trips to the plate. She added 11 doubles and scored 31 runs for OCC.
At Northview High School, Sanders was a four-year starter at first base and shortstop and hit .458 in 2008. Over her prep career, Sanders hit .377 with 126 hits in 333 at-bats and made 109 consecutive starts. She had 66 RBI with 28 doubles, eight triples and three home runs while slugging .529. She was also an honorable mention All-State selection in 2008. Sanders, was also the first Northview athlete to play in the Indiana East-West All-Star game and was a three-year Scholar-Athlete.
Phillips wrapped up her Olney Central career in style as the Blue Knights hosted the No. 2 team in the nation last week and split a doubleheader to end the season.
OCC won its 11th game in a row with a 4-2 win over Heartland Community College in the first game of a doubleheader before falling 5-2 in the finale.
In the second game, Phillips doubled to get her team on the scoreboard.
Through 49 games, Phillips had a .388 batting average over 160 at-bats with 62 hits. She had a team-high 43 RBI and scored 30 times with 13 doubles, a triple and two home runs. She also was second on the team with a .423 on-base percentage.
The team finished the season with a 30-26 mark and the sophomore class had a two-year record of 64-40.