Alma, Mi.- 2007 was another outstanding year for the Alma College Softball team. The team had the best regular season record in the MIAA, was Co-Champions of the MIAA, and made a great run in the NCAA Regional Tournament. When a team has as much success as the Scots did this year, there are many outstanding and deserving candidates for post-season awards. Below is the list of the 2007 Alma College Softball Team Awards.
Most Valuable Player
Kay McDonald (Rosebush/Mt. Pleasant) had an outstanding year as the Scots' go to pitcher. McDonald finished her senior season with a 1.62 ERA and an 17-5 record. She dominated her opponents all season striking out 211 batters while only giving up 113 hits; holding opposing teams to a .204 BA. Post-season honors are no new thing to Kay, as she was also named to the All-MIAA First Team and was honored with the MIAA Most Valuable Pitcher Award.
Most Improved Player
Freshman Houston Verbeck (Flint/Kearsley) was a key to the success of this years team. Verbeck was outstanding all year offensively as she had a BA of .378 and a Slugging Percentage scratching at .611. As Verbeck became more and more dominate offensively as the season progressed, she also became more dependable on the defense. The defensive improvement was seen in the MIAA Tournament when Verbeck ran back on a long fly ball and grabbed while tumbling through the fence, saving a must win game verses Hope.
Golden Glove Award
If there is such a thing as a sure thing in sports, Missy Morcom (Chelsea/Chelsea) making the play in center for the Scots, might be it. Morcom held down center for the Scots all year and only had four errors on the season. The stats will tell you that Missy only had one outfield assist on this year; any spectator will tell you that other teams didn't dare running on Missy as just her presence kept many opposing runners glued to third base on what might otherwise have been run scoring hits.
This one went to Missy Morcom as well. As solid as Morcom was on defense, the Scots also depended on her power and timely hitting offensively. Morcom ended the year with a batting average of .345 but had an average of .655 win runners were in scoring position. Morcom also led the Scots in total bases (91) and home runs (10).
Rookie of the Year
This year the Scots had two outstanding freshman in Kasey Miller (Grand Ledge/Grand Ledge), and Houston Verbeck. Miller was a staple at the very important second base position for the Scots. Miller had 106 putouts with only five errors while hitting .286 with 17 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, and scoring 26 runs- starting all 43 games for the Scots. Verbeck played in 39 games for the Scots and was in the top five in batting average, slugging percentage, and on base percentage.
Freshman Houston Verbeck had to earn her spot in the Scots' lineup and once she did, she was stellar. Verbeck had 34 hits while only starting 39 games for Alma. Her batting average of .378 and slugging percentage of .611 put her in first place for the Scots in both categories. Houston also had 21 RBIs and only struck out 17times in 90 at bats.
Senior Angie Asam (Rogers City/Rogers City) was awarded this year's Coaches Award. Asam was used in late innings to add speed to the Scots defense and in key pinch running situations. Asam's contributions extended well past the field as she embraced the role of a team leader, helping the younger players on and off the diamond- helping to teach them what in means to be a Scot. When called upon, Angie usually came through for Alma as she batted .333 with an OBA of .538 in her29 appearances throughout the 2007 season.
Dr. Joe Walser Award
This award is given in honor of Dr. Joe Walser who was a religion professor at Alma College and was the first faculty coach. Dr. Walser was known for his willingness to help his players with academic and personal issues while helping them excel in their sport. Junior Liana Easterby (Troy/Troy) primarily saw action as a pinch hitter this year for the Scots, but was awarded this honor for her contributions off the field. Known as a great teammate, Easterby took on many roles for the Scots including keeping book and leading cheers. Liana's contributions were not always seen in the box score, but were those that help make good teams reach greatness.