The Valparaiso University softball team was represented by two players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region squads, as announced by the NFCA on Thursday. Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) received Second Team All-Region honors, while sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) earned a spot on the Third Team.
Valparaiso University freshman outfielder Gabby Magnifico (Elmhurst, Ill./York) capped off her rookie season by representing the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team at the 2017 Horizon League Championship, as announced by the league at the tournament’s conclusion Saturday.
The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2017 season come to an end on Friday afternoon at the Horizon League Championship, as the Crusaders finished the tournament in fourth place with an 8-0 loss to Detroit Mercy. Valpo ended the season with 28 wins – its highest win total since 2013 – and senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) finished out her final year with four program single-season records.
The road to defending the Horizon League crown got a bit more challenging for the Valparaiso University softball team on Thursday, as the third-seeded Crusaders were dealt a 9-2 defeat by second-seeded Youngstown State. Valpo now has to win twice on Friday to reach Championship Saturday.