STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—Senior Franciscan University softball player Hailey Wesselman was named AMCC First Team All-Conference following her successful season as third baseman and team captain of the young Lady Baron squad.
The senior was the biggest constant throughout the Lady Barons' season leading the team in almost every offensive category, while pitching and playing multiple field positions.
"Hailey could really probably play all nine positions if we needed her too," Walker said. "Any time we put her out there, she really picks the team up, talks to us and lets us know what we are supposed to be doing defensively."
Throughout the season she had a batting average of .468 while hitting .434 in conference play, good for third in the AMCC. She also finished fourth in the AMCC in stolen bases with 10.
Not only did Wesselman lead the Lady Barons in most statistical categories, she also led as the team's most experienced player. As the only senior on a team with 10 new members and a new coaching staff, she could often be found teaching her younger teammates the finer points of the game.
"Being a first year coach, I really didn't know what to expect, and when I got here Hailey stepped right up made the transition really smooth," Walker said. "She really helped keep the team together this year. We had small numbers, so losing anybody would have been a problem, but Hailey was right there to keep picking everybody up and was just a great team captain for us."
The nomination makes Wesselman Franciscan's first softball player to be named an all-conference team member. Walker said he believes the senior's example can be a cornerstone for the future of the program.
"Not only on the field but what she does for us off the field, she'll be tough to replace next year," Walker said. "Hopefully the foundation she laid for us turning the program around will help everybody."