Three Named All-Conference; Walker Named Coach of the Year

Three Named All-Conference; Walker Named Coach of the Year

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan softball team capped its historic season four all-conference honorees, the most in program history, including Coach of the Year honors as James Walker earned the honors for this first time in his career at FUS.

Freshmen Ashley Kondracki and Kayla Anderson earned second team honors while freshman Anna Fluharty took home third team honors.

Complete AMCC All-Conference Teams

Kondracki earned second team honors after a stellar freshman season at first base. The Beaver, PA native was eighth in the conference in home runs (2) and was second in the league in on-base percentage both against AMCC teams only (.509) and for the entire year (.463). Kondracki finished seventh in the AMCC with a .404 batting average. The first baseman had a .956 fielding percentage and turned six double plays against AMCC teams while turning 11 for the entire year. Kondracki drove in 15 runs, good for 8th in the league and led the team with a .363 batting average and a .463 on-base percentage. Kondracki led the team with 46 RBIs and was second on the team with 10 walks. The freshman was second on the team with 33 hits and led the team getting hit by a pitch seven times. 

Anderson, the starting catcher for the Lady Barons this year, earned her first all-conference honors with a second team nod. On and off of the field, Anderson is the vocal leader of the team. Anderson led the league for runners caught stealing for the whole season (8) and was second against AMCC opponents (3). The Cleveland, OH native had the third fewest passed balls against AMCC teams. At the plate, Anderson finished the conference season with a .446 on-base percentage (fifth in the league) and had four extra-base hits against AMCC teams. Anderson led the team with 16 walks on the season and had six extra-base hits for the entire season, including five doubles and a triple.

Fluharty rounded out the all-conference honors as she earned a spot on the third team. Fluharty hit two home runs this year and finished the conference season with .300 batting average and a .460 slugging percentage. The Newark, OH native had a .919 fielding percentage against conference teams. Fluharty finished the season with 26 hits, including three doubles, and drove in 14 runs and scored 16. Fluharty struck out just four times in 89 at bats. The freshman stole six bases and was not caught stealing for the entire year. She led the team with two sacrifice flies. 

Rounding out the all-conference honors was head coach James Walker. Walker earned both his first-ever Coach of the Year award and the first honor for a coach at Franciscan. Walker led the Lady Barons to a 12-20 overall record a 8-10 slate in conference. Both win totals were records for the program while the Lady Barons earned their first-ever bid to the AMCC tournament. Franciscan set program records in runs (138), hits (238), doubles (29) and triples (9) while posting the third-best team batting average, .271.