Tying for the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division title, the St. Francis Borgia Regional softball Lady Knights earned several honors at the annual postseason meeting.
Borgia had the player of the year with senior Liz Lynchard receiving the honor.
Additionally, Borgia had three players named to the all-division first team and two on the second team.
It was the fourth year in a row that the Lady Knights had secured at least a share of the division title. This season, Borgia shared the crown with newcomer Tolton Catholic of Columbia.
Lynchard, who started the season at first base and moved back into a pitching role later in the season, was the league’s player of the year. As a pitcher, she went 11-4 with a 1.95 ERA. Over 97 innings, she allowed 93 hits, 15 walks and seven hit batters while striking out 102.
At the plate, Lynchard hit .395 with eight doubles, eight home runs, 17 runs and 27 RBIs. When she pitched, she usually had a courtesy runner.
Lynchard also drew eight walks and was hit by pitches three times for an on-base percentage of .471 and an OPS of 1.287.
She additionally was one of two first-team pitchers in the division.
Borgia’s other first-team players were senior first baseman-shortstop Josie Lindemann and senior catcher Beth Obermark.
Lindemann batted .398 with five doubles and eight home runs. She scored 28 times and drove in 32 runs.
Obermark batted .346 with six doubles and two triples. She scored 25 times and drove in eight runs. She also stole five bases.
Borgia’s second-team selections were senior third baseman Dani Kimminau and sophomore center fielder Mya Hillermann.
Kimminau was a .346 batter with five doubles and three home runs. She scored 24 times and drove in 24. Kimminau was the team’s stolen base leader with seven.
Hillermann batted .308 with two doubles and two triples. She scored 17 times and drove in eight runs. Hillermann had three stolen bases.
The other major awards in the division were split. Tolton Catholic’s Taylor Cowan was named the coach of the year. St. Dominic sophomore infielder Neely Edwards was named the newcomer of the year.
Tolton Catholic sophomore Paige Bedsworth was the other first-team pitcher.
The other first-team infielders were Tolton Catholic senior Courtney Widmer, Edwards and Notre Dame senior Maeve McDonough.
The first-team outfielders were St. Dominic junior Tori Forbeck, Tolton Catholic freshman Bridget Bartlett and St. Dominic junior Darby Duncan.
The designated player/flex/utility player was Notre Dame sophomore Allison Kaiser.
The second-team pitchers were Notre Dame junior Carly Gilham and St. Dominic senior Carly Bloomfield.
The second-team catcher was Tolton Catholic sophomore Allie Widmer.
The other second-team infielders were St. Dominic junior Natalie Schellert, Tolton Catholic freshman Sophie Angel and St. Dominic senior Baylee Schneider.
The other second-team outfielders were Notre Dame senior Megan Wolff and Tolton Catholic junior Mae Cross.
The designated player/flex/utility player was St. Dominic junior Courtney Playle.
In the AAA Small Division, the player of the year was Rosati-Kain sophomore pitcher Mya Bethany. Rosati-Kain’s Dan Schulte was the coach of the year while O’Fallon Christian freshman infielder Ella Saey was named the newcomer of the year.