HOLLAND -- Two senior Hope College players ranked among the statistical leaders in NCAA Division III softball.
All-American catcher Carrie Scott of Centreville (Centreville HS), who established several Hope single season and career records, ranked sixth in the nation in home runs (10 in 33 games); tenth in slugging percentage (.835) and 30th in runs- batted-in (37).
Scott was named a Division III All-American for the second time in her career and was voted the most valuable player in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). This past spring she batted .412 while hitting a school-record 10 home runs and collecting 81 total bases. In her career she hit 23 home runs with 102 RBIs and 240 total bases, all Hope records. She ended her career with a .990 fielding average committing just seven errors in 638 chances.
Two-sport standout Kim Grotenhuis of Hamilton (Hamilton HS) ranked 18th in the nation in earned run average. This spring she allowed just 17 earned runs over 132 innings for an earned run average of 0.90, a school-record.
Grotenhuis achieved all-conference honors in volleyball and softball and was voted a Verizon Academic All-American in both sports. This spring she posted a 12-6 record. Over her career she was 47-23, had a 1.44 earned run average and struck out a school-record 396 batters. She pitched three no-hitters, also a Hope record.
The Flying Dutch ranked 19th nationally in home runs with 15. Adding to Scott's 10 homers were senior Milly VanderMeulen of Hamilton (Hamilton) and freshman Kelly Kraft of Brown City (Brown City HS) with two each and freshman Allison Miller of Hopkins (Hopkins HS) with one. Hope's 15 home runs was a single season record.
Coached by Karla Wolters, the Flying Dutch posted a 21-12 record and finished second in the regular season MIAA standings with a 12-2 mark.