posted May 7, 2008

MIAA Softball Honors Include Conference MVP

Four Hope College players have received all-conference honors from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), including the top prize as most valuable.

Senior Kylee Brouwer is the seventh Hope player to receive the most valuable award joining Lisa Walters (1991), Johanna Pscodna (1992), Carrie Scott (2001), Andrea Adams (2002), Jessica Regnerus (2006) and Becky Whitman (2006).

Joining Brouwer on the All-MIAA first are junior first baseman Kelli Duimstra and senior cehterfielder Jessica Regnerus.  All three players are from Hudsonville, Mich. and graduates of Hudsonville High School.

Receiving All-MIAA second team honorees is sophomore pitcher Leah Van Enk of Portage (Kalamazoo Christian HS). 

Brouwer is a three-time All-MIAA first team honoree.  In 2006 and 2007 she was honored as a catcher.  This season she is being honored as the designated player, a position she took after a hand injury prevented her from playing catcher.  She responded by batting .542 (26/48) in league games and .533 (65/122) in all games.  She ended her career as Hope's alltime leading hitter with a .451 average.

Regnerus achieved all-MIAA first team honors four consecutive years.  She is the third Hope player to receive that distinction, joining Dianne Brown (1986-89) and Laurie Byington (1993-96).