Johnson, Leonhardt snare All-Region accolades

Johnson, Leonhardt snare All-Region accolades

ALLENDALE, Michigan (WFIE) -University of Southern Indiana senior second baseman Claire Johnson (Pittsboro, Indiana) and junior pitcher Jennifer Leonhardt (Louisville, Kentucky) have been named to the D2CCA Softball All-Midwest Region first team in a vote by the region’s sports information directors.

Johnson is earning All-Region honors for the first time in her career, while Leonhardt is collecting D2CCA All-Region honors for the third consecutive season after earning Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year laurels as a freshman in 2017 and second-team All-Region honors as a sophomore last year.

In 2019, Johnson is hitting .371 with 11 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 32 RBIs. She leads USI with a .472 on-base percentage, 23 walks, 46 runs scored and a .579 slugging percentage.

Johnson was a unanimous first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honoree in 2019 and was named GLVC Player of the Week earlier in the year.

The 2019 GLVC Pitcher of the Year and unanimous first-team All-GLVC selection, Leonhardt is currently 19-8 with four saves, a 1.35 ERA, .191 opponent batting average and 220 strikeouts. She has tossed 11 complete-game shutouts and two combined shutouts, and passed Brooke Harmening ’15 for first-place all-time at USI in career strikeouts (688).

Leonhardt, who is tied with Harmening first first-place all-time at USI with 74 career wins, also has gotten the job done at the plate, where she is hitting .366 with 11 doubles, a triple, a home run and 30 RBIs. She also has 15 sacrifices on the year.

Both Johnson and Leonhardt advance to the national ballot for All-America consideration. The duo has helped lead the Screaming Eagles into their fifth straight NCAA II Tournament appearance and sixth in the last seven years.

USI (33-19), which won the national championship a year ago, begins the NCAA II Midwest Region #1 Tournament Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) when it takes on Wayne State University in the opening round in Allendale, Michigan. USI, which is receiving votest outside the latest NFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, is looking for its third straight Midwest Region title.

2019 D2CCA Softball All-Midwest Region Teams

Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year: Allison Lipovsky, Sr., Grand Valley State

Midwest Region Player of the Year: Christa Reisinger, Sr., Truman State

First Team

Pitcher: Allison Lipovsky, Sr., Grand Valley State

Pitcher: Jennifer Leonhardt, Jr., Southern Indiana

Pitcher: Andee Tiffee, Jr., Missouri-St. Louis

First Base: Nikoma, Holmen, So., Grand Valley State

Second Base: Claire Johnson, Sr., Southern Indiana

Shortstop: MaKray Odom, Jr., Trevecca Nazarene

Third Base: Lydia Goble, Fr., Grand Valley State

Catcher: Mary Collins, Sr., Trevecca Nazarene

Outfield: Christa Reisinger, Sr., Truman State

Outfield: Jacy Ummel, Jr., Drury

Outfield: Rebecca Harvey, Jr., Findlay

Designated Player: Dayna Denner, Jr., Ashland

Utility Player (non-pitcher): Hannah McClounie, Sr., Wayne State

Utility player (pitcher): Alyssa Callans, Jr., Maryville

Second Team

Pitcher: Halie Waters, So., Indianapolis

Pitcher: Kelsey Byers, Fr., Malone

Pitcher: Lauren Honkomp, Jr., Indianapolis

First Base: Chelsea Martinez, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis

Second Base: Gabby Palazollo, Fr., Davenport

Shortstop: Jaclyn Pasakarnis, Jr., Maryville

Third Base: Landry Slider, Jr., Ohio Dominican

Catcher: Bailey Byers, So., Malone

Outfield: Hannah Tolley, So., Maryville

Outfield: Bailey Thatcher, So., Grand Valley State

Outfield: Bryanna Kressler, So., Wayne State

Designated Player: Megan Holmes, Jr., Drury

Utility Player (non-pitcher): Bailey Alexander, Sr., Trevecca Nazarene

Utility Player (pitcher): Megan Guitar, Sr., Wayne State

Courtesy: USI Athletics

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