Blake captures postseason honors
Former Superior Spartan Britnee Blake was one of three members of the University of Wisconsin-Superior softball team to receive postseason honors from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Blake, a senior shortstop for the Yellowjackets, was named All-WIAC First Team in a vote of the conference’s coaches. In addition, infielder Kristen Haider, a junior from Dassel, Minn., received All-WIAC honorable mention.
“You can’t say enough about the job that Britnee did for our team this season,” UWS coach Roger Plachta said. “She was so consistent for us, both at the plate and in the field. She was a great leadoff hitter for us and really solidified our lineup when she joined the team after basketball season was over.”
Blake started all 29 games she played in and finished second on the Yellowjackets with a .419 batting average, racking up 39 hits in 93 at bats. She scored 20 runs and drove in seven. Blake was always a threat on the bases, finishing with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts.
Defensively Blake was spectacular, committing just 10 errors in 132 chances for a .924 fielding percentage.
Haider received honorable mention from the WIAC after starting all 37 games and leading the Yellowjackets in hitting. Haider had a team-leading 47 hits and a .423 batting average. She had four doubles, three triples and four home runs to go along with 16 runs batted in. Haider also scored a team best 27 runs and stole 10 bases.
“Kristen really took a step this season and became a complete player for us,” Plachta said. “She took her game to a new level offensively and was really good in the field as well.”
Catcher Haley McNeil, a senior from Hill City, Minn., was UWS’s entrant on the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
“All three of these players did a great job of helping our team along with their leadership. We had a young team this season. We brought in a lot of freshmen and these three, along with our other juniors and seniors, provided great leadership for the young players,” Plachta said. “The impact of what they did is going to show through with how the young players improve from this year to next.”