Three College of St. Joseph softball players were recently named to the Yankee Small College Conference All-Conference First Team: Shelby Fenton, Timell Montgomery and Kali Drum. With three honorees selected to the All-Conference team, CSJ softball produced the most All-Conference players of the five teams in the YSCC.
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.