By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, Ohio---Haley Kreger (Bedford/Temperance, Mich.) and Kailey Minarchick (Columbia Station/Columbia Station, Ohio), both member of the Owens Community College softball team, have been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) player and pitcher of the week recipients, respectively.
Kreger, a former soccer player at Owens, joined the Owens softball team last year and has been used as a pinch runner primarily. Last week, Owens took on Lakeland Community College in a doubleheader looking to clinch the OCCAC championship outright.
Kreger got the rare start in the second game and delivered. She finished 2-for-3, but produced the game-tying RBI hit in the bottom of the sixth inning to help her team come back from a 3-1 deficit. In that game alone, she doubled her career hit total.
Minarchick, a freshman right-handed pitcher, tossed another gem in the circle in a 4-0 win over Lakeland Community College. In seven innings, she struck out 11 and allowed just seven hits and zero walks.
In OCCAC play, Minarchick finished with a 7-0 record, along with one save. She recorded a 1.00 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.
Minarchick is 14-6 overall this year with three saves in 27 appearances. She has 124 strikeouts in 127.2 innings and sports a 1.48 ERA.
Owens is currently 25-12 overall and 10-0 in OCCAC play. They won the conference championship for the third straight season and will head to regionals May 11-13 in Columbus.
This marks the third straight week Minarchick has been named the OCCAC pitcher of the week. She also won it on March 27, while Miranda Benschoter (Elmwood/Bloomdale) won the award on April 10.