OF Sidney Salmans Northwestern State Sr. The Woodlands, Texas OF Ali McCoy Southeastern Louisiana So. Maurepas, La. Landry, a three-time Southland Pitcher of the Week this season and now two-time All-Conference member, produced a 1.86 ERA to go along with a .200 opposing batting average. She had 12 wins in the Southland season. Lara, one of three freshmen on the all-conference first team, batted .404 in conference play for second in the league. She tied for first in the league for hits with 36. Clement spent time at catcher, designated player and third base in her first season with the Colonels. She ended league action with a .333 batting average and crossed the plate 20 times to rank in the top eight. 2B Cayla Jones Northwestern State Fr. Missouri City, Texas Nicholls claimed the other four individual superlatives. Junior Megan Landry is the Pitcher of the Year while teammates Jewel Lara and Kali Clement are the Freshman and Newcomer of the Year, respectively. Head coach Angel Santiago led the Colonels to their first regular season championship since 1996 to be named Coach of the Year. 3B Mahalia Gibson2 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss. C Taylor Fraccastoro Stephen F. Austin Sr. Orange, Texas DP Taylor Davis Lamar Jr. Nederland, Texas Pos. Name University Class Hometown UT Kaitlyn St. Clair Northwestern State So. Cypress, Texas Individual AwardsPlayer of the Year: Erika Piancastelli, McNeeseHitter of the Year: Erika Piancastelli, McNeesePitcher of the Year: Megan Landry, NichollsFreshman of the Year: Jewel Lara, NichollsNewcomer of the Year: Kali Clement, NichollsCoach of the Year: Angel Santiago, Nicholls OF Kelsey Miller Nicholls Fr. Denham Springs, La. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese utility player Erika Piancastelli is the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, the league announced Monday with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. 2B Libby Morris Central Arkansas Jr. Grove, Okla. The 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament starts Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. The tournament features the league’s top eight teams for the first time in 30 years, switching from a six-team format, and begins with a four-team first round Tuesday between the bottom four seeds. The winners of the first two games will join the top four Southland teams in a traditional six-team, double-elimination bracket for the remainder of the tourney. P Lindsey McLeod Sam Houston State Jr. Austin, Texas First Team Piancastelli, one of the most prolific softball players in Southland history, becomes the first softball player to win Player of the Year all four years and is just the third to do so in any Southland sport. She joins ULM’s women’s basketball player Eun Jun Lee (1983-86) and Lamar’s men’s golfer Chris Stroud (2001-04). P Rachel Hayes Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Ocean Springs, Miss. DP Alexandria Saldivar McNeese So. Princeton, Texas UT Erika Piancastelli4 McNeese Sr. Carlsbad, Calif. Games 1-11 will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network with Richard Dow, Bruce Merchant and Tony Taglavore sharing play-by-play duties. The games will be available via southland.org/live and Southland Conference apps. Coverage shifts to the ESPN family of networks for the championship round. Game 12 will be televised nationwide on ESPNEWS with Lincoln Rose and former Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Kati Morse on the call. If Game 13 is necessary, action will move to ESPN3. In both cases, streaming coverage is available from WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. P Makayla Sikes Stephen F. Austin Sr. Gilmer, Texas Third Team P Alexis LaBure Nicholls Fr. Port Neches, Texas OF Kasey Frederick2 Nicholls Jr. Bridge City, Texas 1B Shelby Henderson Lamar So. Keller, Texas OF Justyce McClain3 McNeese Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. OF Morgan Felts Central Arkansas Jr. Conway, Ark. 2 Two-time all-conference selection3 Three-time all-conference selection4 Four-time all-conference selection 2B Kelly Meeuwsen3 Lamar Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. SS Tiffany Thompson Sam Houston State So. Montgomery, Texas SS Peyton Hedrick4 Abilene Christian Sr. Forney, Texas OF Kendall Talley Lamar Fr. San Antonio, Texas The senior from Carlsbad, Calif., broke five Southland career records this year: home runs, hits, RBIs, runs scored and total bases. The four-time Player of the Year led the Southland in batting average (.493), slugging percentage (1.188), on base percentage (.650), home runs (12), RBIs (28), doubles (10), runs scored (29) and walks (32). She also earned her fourth consecutive Hitter of the Year award. 1B Morgan Catron McNeese Sr. Mineola, Texas Second Team P Megan Landry2 Nicholls Jr. Pierre Part, La. Piancastelli and Abilene Christian’s Peyton Hedrick each picked up their fourth all-conference selection. Nicholls’ Amanda Gianelloni, McNeese’s Justyce McClain, Lamar’s Kelly Meeuwsen and Southeastern Louisiana’s Kinsey Nichols are each three-time selections to the All-Conference teams. 2018 All-Southland Conference Softball Teams Honorable Mention – Catcher: Heidi Jacquez, Houston Baptist. First Base: Codi Carpenter, Sam Houston State; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin. Second Base: Bryana Novegil, Stephen F. Austin; Alli Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana Third Base: Kassie James, Houston Baptist. Shortstop: Kate Myers, Central Arkansas; Jaquelyn Ramon, Southeastern Louisiana. Outfield: Lauren Brown, McNeese; Julie Rawls, Northwestern State; Kayla Crutchmer, Central Arkansas; Kayla Sheridan, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Megan McDonald, Sam Houston State. Pitcher: Micaela Bouvier, Northwestern State; Alexsandra Flores, McNeese. DP Alyson Bishoff Abilene Christian Sr. Belton, Texas UT Kali Clement Nicholls Jr. Thibodaux, La. 1B Kaylyn Shepherd Central Arkansas So. Mechanicsville, Va. SS Amanda Gianelloni3 Nicholls Jr. Napoleonville, La. OF Donelle Johnson Abilene Christian R-So. McKinney, Texas 3B Jewel Lara Nicholls Fr. Missouri City, Texas C Bailey White Sam Houston State R-Fr. Burleson, Texas 3B Amber Landry2 Stephen F. Austin Sr. Ponchatoula, La. OF Kinsey Nichols3 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Alvin, Texas C Moriah Strother Nicholls R-Sr. Suwanee, Ga. P Hannah Null Abilene Christian Sr. Highland Village, Texas
FAVORED FLAGSTAFF RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS ESPINOZA & SADLER TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG WIN IN 1:22.64ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–With an avalanche of late money coming his way, the John Sadler-conditioned Flagstaff ran accordingly, as he stalked the early pace and rallied four-deep turning for home en route to a 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff got seven furlongs in 1:22.64.Fourth behind a dueling threesome that consisted of stablemate St. Joe’s Bay, Law Abidin Citizen and McKale, Flagstaff was never threatened by the late running Roadster, who flew to be second.Off at even money in a field of six older horses, Flagstaff, a 6-year-old gelding by Speightstown, paid $4.00, $2.40 and $2.20.Owned by Lane’s End Farm and Hronis Racing, LLC, Flagstaff, who is out of the Gone West mare Indyan Giving, notched his first graded stakes win and improved his overall record to 11-5-3-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $403,785.Roadster, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, ran out of real estate, finishing one length in front of stablemate McKale. Off as the second choice with Mike Smith up at 2-1, he paid $3.00 and $2.60.McKale, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 7-1 and paid $4.00 to show while finishing one half length in front of Law Abidin Citizen.Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.04 and 1:09.54.