Senior infielder Ashley Martin has been named All-WIAC First Team and was one of three finalists for the WIAC Player of the Year award for the second time.
Martin, a former Superior Spartan, returned to the Yellowjacket softball team in 2013 after missing all of last season with an injury.
It’s the third time that Martin has received All-WIAC First Team honors, having also been chosen to the team in 2010 and 2011. Twice she has made the all-conference team while playing second base, and the other time she made it as a catcher. In her freshman season of 2009, she received all-conference honorable mention.
“She’s just an incredible athlete. She can do so many things on the field because she’s so athletic,” UWS coach Roger Plachta said. “She’s a great defensive player, she has some power, hits for average, has great speed and can do everything we ask her to do on the field. She is one of the best players that I have ever coached, and she deserves this recognition and more, in my opinion.”
Martin finished fifth in the WIAC batting race with a .410 average. She was also seventh in on-base percentage (.477) and ninth in slugging percentage (.654). She led the Yellowjackets in batting average, at bats (78), runs (22), hits (32) and was tied for the team lead in triples and home runs. She was also spectacular in the field, finishing the year with a .942 fielding percentage.
For her career, Martin played 132 games for the Yellowjackets and batted .426 (179 hits in 420 at bats) with 32 doubles, 12 triples and 12 home runs. She scored 122 runs, drove in 73 runs and stole 36 bases in 44 attempts.
Britnee Blake, also a former Spartan, received All-WIAC honorable mention a year after returning from two major injuries that forced her to miss the bulk of the 2011-12 basketball season and the 2012 softball season.
Lindsay Garay, a former Northwestern Tiger from Lake Nebagamon, was Superior’s entrant on the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
“We had really good leadership this year. You can tell that by the way the team held together through a rough stretch and started to play better later in the year,” Plachta said. “That says a lot about these three players, the way they went on the field, did their jobs and kept all of the other players pulling the same way. They did a great job of leading the team.”
*UW-Whitewater (33-5) 21-2
UW-Stevens Point (32-8) 19-5
UW-Oshkosh (23-12) 12-10
UW-La Crosse (18-19) 10-13
UW-Superior (16-23) 9-15
UW-Stout (12-27) 6-18
UW-Platteville (10-30) 5-19
Tuesday, May 7
Concordia (WI) at Whitewater, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8
La Crosse 9-5, Stout 3-4
Whitewater 8-4, Platteville 5-2
Stevens Point 12-11, Oshkosh 2-3
End of regular season
WIAC Baseball Tournament
Game 1 — No. 4 La Crosse at No. 1 Whitewater, 10 a.m.
Game 2 — No. 3 Oshkosh vs. No. 2 Stevens Point, 1 p.m.
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, noon
Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m.
Championship (if necessary), 6 p.m.
WIAC Softball Tournament
At the Omni Center in Onalaska
Sunday, May 5
UW-Stout 5, UW-La Crosse 4
UW-Oshkosh 7, UW-River Falls 2
UW-Eau Claire 4, UW-Stout 0
UW-Whitewater 2, UW-Oshkosh 1
UW-Whitewater 7, UW-Eau Claire 0