Locals notch NAC softball honors

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Five softball players with ties to the Mohawk Valley area have earned North Atlantic Conference honors. 

The NCAA Division III conference includes Marcy-based SUNY Poly among its members, which are mostly located in Maine and Vermont along with some in New York state. 

Thirty players were selected for all-conference teams and 11 were named to the sportsmanship team.

Three players were selected to the NAC West first team:

• Frankfort’s Trinity Critelli, a junior pitcher at SUNY Poly.

Critelli led SUNY Poly with a 2.88 earned-run average – fourth-best in the NAC – in 91.1 innings over 19 appearances. She had 141 strikeouts – second in the conference and among two to top 100 this season – while walking 47. She had 11 complete games with a 5-8 record. 

• Oriskany’s Maddelyn Hoehn, a junior catcher at SUNY Poly.

In 26 games, she had a team-best 18 runs, seven doubles, two home runs, 10 walks, .394 on-base percentage and at .472 slugging percentage. She was third on the team with a .326 batting average and 11 runs batted in. 

• Whitesboro’s Madison Cieslak, a junior infielder at Cazenovia College.

Cieslak led the NAC with 13 doubles, was third with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 26 games. Her .776 slugging percentage ranked second in the league while her .412 batting average is fifth-best in NAC. Her .435 slugging percentage was 12th in the NAC. She also had four walks. 

On the West’s second team: 

• Whitesboro’s Olivia Simone, a sophomore catcher/infielder.

In 25 games, Simone had a .353 batting average, which was fourth among Cazenovia batters. Her 24 runs and .384 on-base percentage were third on the team and seven doubles were tied for third. Her 13 RBIs were seventh on the team. She also had a .456 slugging percentage and six walks. 

• Marcy’s Joy Stevens, a junior pitcher at SUNY Poly was named to the sportsmanship team.

Selections on the team are reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior, the league said. 

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