Ferris gets one on Daktronics All-Region team

By Sandy Gholston

Amanda Jager
Ferris Stateís Amanda Jager squeezes the ball on a putout at first base during a game earlier this season. (Photo/Sandy Gholston)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. Ė Ferris State is in the midst of another great season, built on a solid all-around team, and one member of that team was recognized on the 2008 Daktronics, Inc. All-Great Lakes Region Softball Team.

Junior first baseman Amanda Jager was the lone Bulldog to earn all-region recognition as she was a second-team selection. Jager has been a key part of the teamís success in her first full season at first base. She is batting a team-leading .373 this spring, entering Friday, with 47 hits, 13 doubles, seven home runs and 30 runs batted in. Jagerís power and consistency swinging the bat have helped the Bulldogs emerge as one of the better hitting squads around.

Disappointing was not seeing the Bulldogs get just one all-region selection considering 2007 All-American Sarah Mueller is in the midst of another stellar season hitting .324 with 47 hits, 10 doubles, six triples and three home runs with 29 RBIs. Also, sophomore second baseman Amanda Harrington is having a career year batting .341 with 45 hits, 12 doubles, two triples and two home runs with 18 RBIs.

But, then again, not every player can make this particular all-region team.

Among the familiar faces on the Daktronics all-region teams are Wayne State pitcher Molly Yetman (a first-team pick as a pitcher), Saginaw Valley State pitcher Stacy Kraatz (a second-team choice) and Grand Valley State players Elizabeth Smith and Kristin Moleski (both second-team all-region selections).

Yetman was the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and Kraatz was the 2008 GLIAC Player of the Year.

The team was picked by a vote of the regionís sports information directors. All first-team all-region choices advance to the national ballot which is scheduled to be released soon.

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