MATTOON — The Lake Land softball team finished in fourth place at the NJCAA Division I Tournament and were awarded for it.

Lake Land pitcher Emily Oestreich earned NJCAA D-I First Team All-American honors and second baseman Samantha Valentine was an Honorable Mention. Kendra Gengenbacher was named to the NJCAA D-I All-National Tournament team to go along with Region 24 Player of the Year.

Lake Land coach Nic Nelson was named the Region 24 Coach of the Year. Oestreich, Valentine, Haylee Short and Addison Baele were named to the Region 24 All-Tournament team and Oestreich, Valentine, Short and Teagan Murphy were named to the Region 24 All-Region team.

Oestreich was named the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Oestreich, Valentine and Murphy were named to the GRAC All-Conference team. Nelson was named the GRAC Coach of the Year.

Lake Land set team records with grade point average, national tournament finish (fourth), most wins (57), most hits (760), most doubles (178), most home runs (60) and most RBIs (543).

Valentine broke the record with the most hits (120), triples (10) and runs (179) in a season and the two-year career records for most hits (212), triples (14), most runs (179) and most stolen bases (71).

Oestreich broke the single season record for most wins (32) and most innings pitched (211 1/3) and set two-year career records with most wins (59), most strikeouts (550) and most innings pitched (339 2/3).


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