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Ten Women of Troy named to MVC All-Division Softball teams

Coach Lutjen and company named Staff of the Year

IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) recently announced its picks for All-Division Softball Teams. Ten players from Iowa City West were named to the Mississippi Division squads.
Adara Opiola, a sophomore, was named the Division’s Athlete of the Year, while first-year coach Justin Lutjen and his staff earned Staff of the Year.
Opiola was also a unanimous pick for the Division First Team as was freshman Taleah Smith. Madi Miller, a junior, and Jesse Harder, a sophomore, rounded out the First Team picks.
Opiola had a .509 batting average with 56 hits including eight home runs, three triples and a dozen doubles. She scored 45 runs and had 50 RBIs. Defensively, Opiola made 93 assists, had 38 put-outs and 137 catches. Smith was a .477 hitter with 61 hits and 44 runs with five RBIs. Smith made 37 put-outs in 39 games and made 41 catches. Miller was .382 at bat with 55 hits including two triples and six doubles. She scored 35 runs and batted-in 21. Defensively Miller made 25 assists, had 59 put outs and made 90 catches. Harder was a .440 batter with 55 hits including two home runs, three triples and five doubles. She scored 15 runs and had 36 RBIs. In the circle she made 22 starts and played in 28 games for a 17-2 record over 140-1/3 innings. Harder gave up 108 hits and 57 runs (25 earned) for a 1.25 ERA. She walked 27 and struck out 87.
Laynie Whitehead and Grace Tafolla, both juniors, were Second Team picks. Whitehead, who made her softball debut this season after making a name for herself in the West High volleyball program, had a .274 batting average with 17 hits in 62 appearances at the plate. Whitehead scored one run and had 13 RBIs. In the field she made 26 assists, had 151 put-outs at first base and made 180 catches. Whitehead also worked as a pitcher with a 10-8 record in 23 appearances, starting 16 games, and throwing 109-1/3 innings. She gave up 125 hits and 59 runs (42 earned) for a 2.69 ERA. Tafolla put up a .262 batting average with 33 hits, including eight doubles. She scored 19 runs and batted-in 23. Defensively Tafolla made 91 assists, had 72 put outs and made 171 catches.
Taylor Libby and Skylar Ryan, a sophomore and freshman respectively, made it onto the Honorable Mention Team. Libby had a .353 batting average with 42 hits including four home runs and four doubles. She scored four runs, yet drove in 45. Defensively, Libby had 20 assists and 177 put-outs as the catcher. Ryan had 32 hits with one homer, two triples and four doubles in 117 at-bats for a .274 average. She scored 13 runs and had 19 RBIs. In the field, Ryan had two assists, made 15 put-outs and had 21 catches.
Andrea Borman and Michaela Just, both seniors, were named to the All-Academic Team. Borman had a .238 batting average with 20 hits in 84 appearances at the plate with one home run and six doubles. She scored one run and had 13 RBIs. Defensively, Borman made a pair of assists, had 15 put-outs and 17 catches on the season. Just pulled courtesy running duty for the Women of Troy, scoring 23 runs in 35 games.
The Women of Troy finished the 2014 season with a 29-10 record.