Valpo Places Trio on Hilltopper Classic All-Tournament Team
Brittany Duncan was one of three Crusaders honored. (Jon Hendricks)
Brittany Duncan was one of three Crusaders honored. (Jon Hendricks)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The youth of the Valparaiso softball program was honored as the All-Tournament Team for last weekend's Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic was revealed, as sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) and freshmen Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) represented the Crusaders for their performances during the tournament.

Duncan hit .467 over the tournament's five games (7-of-15) and also drew four walks, good for an on-base percentage of .579. The sophomore went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win over Dayton, and scored runs in the games against South Dakota State and Pitt.

Bouchard tallied hits in all five ballgames, posting a .438 (7-of-16) batting average on the weekend. The freshman had her biggest game in the win over Dayton, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, two RBIs and two doubles. She also tallied a pinch-hit RBI single against Pitt and picked up a double versus Western Michigan. Bouchard also excelled defensively, throwing out three of five potential base-stealers from behind home plate.

Ranieri hit .417 for the tournament (5-of-12), starting four of the five games. The rookie scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh as a pinch-runner in the extra-innings win over Dayton. Ranieri then went 2-for-3 with a run scored against South Dakota State, and posted a 2-for-3 effort in the tournament finale versus Western Michiga, picking up an RBI and a triple. She also stole two bases on as many attempts.