College Insider: Badin’s Holderbach has strong year for EKU baseball

Alex Holderbach has completed a standout sophomore season with the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team in Richmond, Ky.

The Badin High School graduate, who plays infield and outfield, nearly doubled his batting average from last season, hitting .355 with 12 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, 39 runs and three stolen bases.

Holderbach has started 77 games in two seasons for the Colonels, who finished 24-32 overall and 10-20 in the Ohio Valley Conference this year.

• Junior catcher/pitcher Isaiah Haley (Cincinnati Christian) topped Ohio Christian regulars with a .323 batting average. He also led the squad in home runs (three) while sharing the team lead in doubles (nine) and triples (two).

Haley added 24 RBIs, 24 runs and four stolen bases for the Trailblazers, who finished 8-41-1 overall and 4-25-1 in the River States Conference. He was 1-4 with a 7.34 earned run average on the mound, totaling 24 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

Senior outfielder Tanner Holt (Lakota East) hit .240 with three doubles, 11 RBIs, 20 runs and five steals.

Softball: Indiana sophomore pitcher Tara Trainer (Lebanon) has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region third team.

Trainer was the Hoosiers’ ace with a 13-17 record, two saves and a 3.17 earned run average. She started 34 games and had 173 strikeouts in 174.2 innings.

Indiana finished 23-31 overall and 9-14 in the Big Ten Conference.

• Senior outfielder Kayla Fulcher (Cincinnati Christian) helped Thomas More capture the Presidents’ Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

Fulcher hit .298 with two doubles, five RBIs and 18 steals for the Saints (35-10), who advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament and went 0-2 at the regional in Mount Berry, Ga.

• Freshman outfielder Patton Akers (Franklin) made 44 starts for Tennessee State and tied for second on the team with 13 RBIs.

Akers hit .232 with three doubles and seven stolen bases for the Tigers, who finished 12-37 overall and 2-19 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Women's lacrosse: Georgetown (Ky.) sophomore goaltender Rachel Kidwell (Lakota West) is a second-team NAIA All-American and a first-teamer in the NAIA Independent Conference.

Kidwell was 8-5 this season for the Tigers (9-5). She collected 97 saves with a .441 save percentage.

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