Kreinest leads softball all-HCAC selections

Three members of Hanover College’s softball team have received post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Senior second baseman Lauren Kreinest (Harrison, Ohio) picked up first-team honors for the first time in her collegiate career. Freshman shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) was an honorable-mention selection, while senior first baseman Megan Priest (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned a spot on the league’s sportsmanship team.

A four-year starter in the Panthers’ infield, Kreinest led Hanover with a .381 batting average and was second in the Heartland Conference with a career-high eight home runs.

Kreinest, who appeared in all 38 games for the Panthers, led the squad with 48 hits, 82 total bases and 29 runs-batted-in. She also shared the team lead with 25 runs scored and added eight doubles.

Merrick, who also hit .381, played in 37 games in her first season with the program. She ranked second on the team with 45 hits and 23 runs scored. She totaled seven doubles and had 18 RBI.

Though limited by injury to 20 games, Priest tallied seven hits, including a double, and knocked in five runs in her final college campaign.

Hanover closed the 2012 season with an 11-27 overall record. The Panthers finished eighth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 4-12 mark.

Softball 2012 all-Heartland Conference honorees