Eureka College baseball, softball

Tom Batters
Sara Hamilton

Eureka College junior center fielder Sara Hamilton was voted to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference first team by the conference’s coaches last week.

Hamilton hit .488 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in her first season with the Red Devils after transferring from Illinois Central College.

She started all 28 games and led the team with an .800 slugging percentage and .528 on base percentage.

She also had a team-high 39 hits and 64 total bases

Hamilton hit safely in 23 of Eureka’s 28 games and posted a .595 batting average with two home runs and 11 RBIs during a 14-game hit streak March 17  to April 16.

Hamilton was in contention for the SLIAC Player of the Year award, which went to Blackburn College senior Grace Young.

Young hit .407 with a league-high 13 home runs and 48 runs scored.

Eureka College junior second baseman Tomi Tapper and freshman right fielder/pitcher Caty Eeten were honorable mention selections.

Tapper and Hamilton tied for the team lead in RBIs (22) and doubles (six).

Tapper batted .344 and scored a team-high 18 runs. She also led the Red Devils with 63 assists and successfully converted 91 consecutive defensive chances to start the season. She started all 28 games at second base and had a .974 fielding percentage.

Eeten, a freshman from Eureka High School, hit .314 and scored 17 runs.

She was perfect in four stolen base attempts and her .979 fielding percentage led all Eureka starters. Eeten also contributed in the pitching circle, making seven starts and compiling a 2-4 record with a 4.16 earned run average over 38.2 innings pitched. She threw five complete games and earned her first career victory in a one-hit shutout during a 14-0 win over Rust (Miss.) March 15 in Memphis.

The Red Devils finished the season with a 10-18 record (7-9 in the SLIAC).

Baseball all SLIAC

Eureka College senior catcher Alex Hess and junior pitcher/third baseman Blake McConkey were voted to the all SLIAC second team. Senior first baseman Tim Cashdollar was an honorable mention selection.

Hess hit .274 and led the Red Devils with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs. He started all 36 of Eureka’s games and threw out 14 runners from behind the plate. He was hit by a pitch nine times, which was the most on the team.

He went 4-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs in a 9-8 win over conference-leader Spalding May 3 at Eureka.

Hess has now received postseason recognition from the SLIAC in two consecutive seasons after earning first team honors as a junior in 2010. He finished his two-year Eureka career with a .309 average, 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 76 games.

McConkey went 4-4 with a 4.99 earned run average on the mound, and he hit .385 with a team-high nine doubles and .500 on base percentage. He also led the team in walks (21), and was second in hits (42), and third in RBIs (22).

He will enter his senior season in 2012 as one of two three-year players and the active Eureka leader in nearly every offensive and pitching category.

Cashdollar led the Red Devils in batting average (.393), slugging percentage (.598), runs scored (29), hits (48), total bases (73), and was second in home runs (six) and RBIs (28). He only struck out 16 times in 122 at-bats. He started all 36 games at first base and compiled a .988 fielding percentage, which led all starters.

Cashdollar joined Westminster first baseman Andrew Jett and Greenville second baseman Kyle Hobar as the only players in the SLIAC to rank among the top-five in the league in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

He hit safely in 31 games in 2011 and enjoyed a 14-game hit streak to close his four-year career, hitting .447 (21-for-47) with five home runs and 11 RBIs during the stretch. He ended his 119-game career with a .316 batting average, 112 hits, eight home runs, 77 RBI, 18 doubles and 73 runs scored.

Cashdollar also received honorable mention from the SLIAC as a junior in 2010.

The Red Devils finished the season with an 11-25 record (7-17 in the SLIAC).