October 20, 2021

Three UMaine players get NAC softball honors

Three women from the University of Maine have been named to the first All-Conference teams voted by coaches of the North Atlantic Conference.

Lisa Swain, a sophomore from York, was named the top designated hitter in the NAC and earned All-Conference first-team honors. Swain finished the season with a batting average of .313 with one homer and 23 RBI.

Deb Smith, a sophomore pitcher from Munnsville, N.Y., was named to the All-Conference second team. Smith had a 5-7 record and finished the season with a 1.18 ERA.

Kim Reed, a senior catcher from Norridgewock who led the league in batting most of the season, earned second-team honors. Reed hit .367 with one homer and 12 RBI.

Third-seeded Boston University won the first tournament championship followed by Drexel, Vermont and Maine. Three players each from Vermont and Drexel were named to the All-Conference first team with two from Hartford and one each from BU, Delaware and Maine.

Player of the Year honors went to Drexel junior shortstop Tammy Kratz and Pitcher of the Year honors to BU junior Shannon Downey.

First-year Drexel head coach Joyce Maudie, who led her team to first place in the regular season, second overall in the NAC, and a spot in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament, was named Coach of the Year by her peers.

Kratz batted .314 and led Drexel in RBI with 28, runs with 33, and total bases with 82. Downey pitched BU to the first NAC title and the ECAC title with six victories in two tournaments, including four shutouts. A two-time ECAC Most Valuable Player, she is a former California State Junior College Player of the Year. She finished 25-5, struck out 256 in 196 1/3 innings and had an ERA of 0.82.

Completing the All-Conference first team are Vermont senior pitcher Katie Quinn, Drexel junior first baseman Pam Fetz; Hartford junior second baseman Kim Diehlmann, Vermont senior first baseman Joey Fritz; and Hartford freshman catcher Danielle Evanchik. The outfielders are Drexel junior Kelli Griffith, Delaware senior Kim Griffin, and Vermont junior Amie Mock.

Others earning second team honors were Drexel pitcher Heather Frey and outfielder Audrey Kimmel; Delaware second baseman Debbie Hughes, third baseman Jen Lawson and designated hitter Jen Ballier; Boston University third baseman Cathleen Crowley and outfielder Kathy Harrison; and Hartford third baseman Michele Juliano and outfielder Kirsten Donovan.

Bates College in Lewiston has a trio of Eastern Mainers participating in women’s outdoor track, coached by Carolyn Court.

Team members include juniors Evie Eich of Bar Harbor and Billie Bradeen of Unity; and freshman Kristen Souweine.

Charla Harrie of Sanford, a first-year runner for the University of Maine women’s outdoor track team, qualified for the ECAC Championships this weekend at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and the Junior National Meet July 3-4 in Columbus, Ohio.

Harrie was the only Maine athlete to place in the New England championship May 9 at Holy Cross when she finished fourth overall in the 800 meters at 2 minutes, 11.16 seconds, setting a second straight school record in that event. Harrie ran a 2:14.92 a week earlier in the NAC championship in Dedham, Mass.

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