(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- The Association of NCAA Division III Independents has released its "All-Independent Team" for women's softball and two University of Maine-Presque Isle players appear on the list. Desiree Smith (Sr./Thomaston, ME) received "1st Team - Catcher" honors while Krista Coffin (So./Presque Isle, ME) earned "2nd Team - Pitcher" recognition.
Smith had a very solid farewell campaign, batting leadoff and hitting a team-high .413. And once she got on base, she was not content to move "station-to-station". After stealing zero bases in 2011, Smith swiped 29 bags this spring. She was only caught 8 times. In the field, Smith settled into the catcher's role and did a great job of managing a very young Owls' pitching staff.
"Desiree was the lead off batter for my team and was always looking to challenge the defense with her base stealing ability. She would go from first to third on bunting situations. As our catcher this season she was the team leader and managed the pitching staff effectively. Desiree was a captain and was a team leader off the field and on. Her leadership was a key reason for us reaching a 14 win season."
-- Owls' Coach Peter Coffin
After a slow start to the 2012 campaign due to a dislocated patella and partially torn MCL, Coffin came on late. The 2011 AD3I "First-Team Pitcher" tossed 72.2 innings with a 3.85 ERA overall. However in the final two weeks of the season she was scintillating. In that time Coffin went 5-0, pitching 35 innings, giving up 15 hits, 11 earned runs, and struck out 18.
"Even if she only pitched a third of the games this year as she threw last year, she could be considered a comeback player of the year (because of the injury). She earned one win over Vermont Tech and four wins over SUNY-Canton in the final two weeks of the season."
-- Peter Coffin
|#15 Krista Coffin||#1 Desiree Smith|