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Franklin Places Eight on HCAC All-Conference Softball Teams

Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer
Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced its softball all-conference teams on Wednesday (May 8) afternoon, with eight Grizzlies earning a spot on one of the league's three all-conference squads.

Senior Monica Collins, junior Kayla Selzer and sophomores Natalie Weber, Abby Hickson and Lexi Gaffney were all named First Team All-HCAC, with four of them earning the award for the first time in their respective careers. Junior Danielle Wyse and sophomore Alisha Burch earned their first all-conference honors with spots on the league's second team and freshman Sydney Logsdon cracked the Honorable Mention team. Senior Shelby Mager was the Grizzlies' representative on the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship Team.

In her final tour of duty with the Grizzlies, Collins batted .314 with 21 runs scored, five doubles and 14 RBI. The Whiteland, Ind.-native closes out her playing career as a three-time all-conference selection, having been named to the league's second team in 2017 and 2018.

Selzer picked up her second career all-conference honor, earning Second Team All-HCAC in 2018. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native went 9-9 in the circle, posting a 3.63 earned run average and 47 strikeouts against just 16 walks in a team-high 106.1 innings of work. She tossed 10 complete games on the year, recording a pair of shutouts.

Weber was a dominant offensive force behind the dish for the Grizzlies, leading the team in average (.443), hits (51), home runs (5), RBI (31), runs (29), doubles (8) and slugging percentage (.696) while playing in all 36 games. A two-time HCAC Player of the Week in 2019, Weber collects her second career all-conference awards after being named to the second team one year ago.

Hickson made the most of her first year in the starting lineup, finishing right behind Weber for the team lead in batting with a .441 average and a team-leading .540 on-base percentage. The Indianapolis-native recorded 30 hits in 68 at-bats, splitting time between catcher, first base and the designated player on her way to her first career all-conference award.

Gaffney was a menace for opposing defenses to deal with, batting .382 with six RBI, a .406 on-base percentage and a team-leading 21 RBI. The Greenwood, Ind.-native also recorded a .976 fielding percentage, committing just one error on 41 chances. She becomes a two-time First Team All-HCAC selection with the nod.

Burch slotted in as the team's No. 2 starting pitcher this season, going 7-7 with a team-best 3.36 ERA, 49 strikeouts and 11 complete games while logging 104.1 innings in the circle. Wyse raked to the tune of a .320 average with one home run and 20 runs driven in, good for second on the team. Wyse also made 12 appearances in the circle, going 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA and one save in 24.1 innings of work. Both earned their first all-conference nod.

Finally, Logsdon saw action in 35 games as a rookie, batting .308 with one home run, 19 RBI, four runs scored and 33 hits on the year while striking out a team-low four times.