Three College of St. Joseph softball players were recently named to the Yankee Small College Conference All-Conference First Team: Kali Drum, Shelby Fenton and Timell Montgomery. With three honorees selected to the All-Conference team, CSJ softball produced the most All-Conference players of the five teams in the YSCC.
Drum, a sophomore from Windham, N.Y., posted a .346 batting average this season along with a .424 on base percentage and .519 slugging percentage. She contributed 12 RBI, 11 runs, three doubles and two home runs to the Lady Saints' offense this year. Drum often played behind the plate as a reliable catcher for the Lady Saints. Other times, she could be seen making plays at third base.
Drum played exceptionally well in a game at Southern Maine Community College on April 8, where she went 4-for-4 at the plate and scored one run. The Saints ultimately fell 6-4, but Drum accounted for a significant fraction of CSJ's 14 total hits on the game and aided in a comeback effort. Another notable performance by Drum was on April 10 against SUNY Delhi. S he recorded four RBI off of two doubles and scored on run in the 16-5 CSJ victory. Her performances at the plate continued to improve throughout the season. On April 22, in a 10-8 loss at home to UMaine-Presque Isle, Drum recorded two home runs and three RBI.
Fenton, a senior from Troy, N.Y., co-captained this year's Lady Saints squad. The utility player led in all aspects of the game - in the infield at first base or on the pitcher's mound, at the plate, and off the field in practice and in the classroom. Fenton led the team in all hitting statistical categories: .417 batting average, .462 on base percentage, and .556 slugging percentage. She totaled a team-high 45 hits, including six doubles and three home runs, and tied the team-high 29 RBI. On the pitching mound, Fenton made nine starts and 13 appearances this year. She threw a total of 57.2 innings and 17 strikeouts.
Fenton kicked off her senior year by recording a grand slam in the second game of the season against the defending USCAA Softball Champions St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. The major hit came in the fifth inning when the Saints were trailing 6-0. Her grand slam sparked a comeback, as the Lady Saints tied the game in the inning. CSJ ended up taking a 13-8 loss. On April 7, Fenton recorded five RBI, three runs, and went 4-for-4 at the plate in a game against Central Maine Community College. Thanks to her contributions, the Lady Saints won the contest 11-7. She went 6-for-13 in the batter's box through four games against Presque-Isle on April 21 and 22. Also notable, Fenton recorded a mere three strikeouts all year.
Fenton ends her two-year career at CSJ with a combined 81 hits, 52 RBI, 40 runs, 12 doubles and five homers. Her batting average through two seasons works out to .458, her on base percentage .515 and her slugging percentage .610. Fenton's absence next season will be felt.
Montgomery, a San Diego, Calif. native, found herself receiving YSCC recognition for the second time this academic year. The first-year student received All-Conference recognition at the end of the YSCC volleyball season in the fall. She was a major contributor in assists, kills, digs, and service aces and led the Fighting Saints' volleyball squad defensively in blocking. For the CSJ softball team Montgomery was a staple in the outfield, consistently making plays and using her strong arm to throw outs from her position in center field. On offense, she led CSJ in doubles (7), home runs (7), triples (2), and tied the team-high of 29 RBI from a single player. She posted a .350 batting average, .394 on base percentage and .670 slugging percentage this season.
Montgomery's first big game came on April 5 at Dean College. She went 3-for-4 at the plate, recorded four RBI and hit two home runs in a 16-11 win for CSJ. In the second game of the doubleheader, Montgomery recorded a double, a triple, three RBI and one run in a narrow 7-6 loss. She hit two home runs in three days; one in a win against CMCC on April 8 and another on April 10 against SUNY Delhi. She recorded three total runs against Delhi and went 2-for-3 at the plate in the Saints' 16-5 victory. Montgomery went 8-for-11 through four games against Presque Isle on April 21 and 22. In the YSCC Championship game on May, 5, which CSJ lost 5-2, Montgomery recorded a two-run home run in the first inning to give an early lead.
The YSCC named NHTI's Masha Lange YSCC Player of the Year and NHTI's Tori Lemay Pitcher of the Year. Ray Magnant of Southern maine was named Coach of the Year and Great Bay Community earned the Sportsmanship Award.