Two-sport athletes are a rarity at the college level these days, but Anderson University freshman Shelby Shaffer has proved that it is not only possible to play two different sports, but it is possible to excel in both.
During the winter, the Center Grove High School graduate was the second-leading scorer on the Ravens’ women’s basketball team, averaging 13 points per game. This spring she was the leading hitter on Anderson’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship softball team, finishing the season with a .424 batting average (28 for 66).
Anderson (30-9) competed at the NCAA regionals last week, defeating Fontanne 9-5 in the opening round before losing 4-0 to Illinois Wesleyan and 13-2 to Lake Forest. Shaffer had one single, one triple and three runs scored in six at-bats in the three tournament games.
The Indiana softball team (17-39-1) lost 4-2 to Purdue in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Natalie Lalich had one hit in three at-bats in the loss and finished the season with a .275 batting average (25 for 91).
Ball State tennis player Luke Andersen lost 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and 8-6 at No. 3 doubles in the Cardinals’ 4-0 loss to Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Danville Community College baseball team (33-19) lost four times to Illinois |Central. Brock Sokolowski had two hits and one RBI in seven at-bats in two of the games and is batting .314 (16 for 51). Zach Anderson, who has a 4-1 record with a 4.55 ERA in 29⅔ innings on the mound, started and pitched five innings in a 10-9 loss but did not figure in the decision. He gave up eight hits, three walks and four earned runs and struck out seven.
Wisconsin’s Austin Mudd finished third of 10 in the 400-meter dash in 49.09 at the Wisconsin Track and Field Open.
Competing at the Big East Track and Field Championships, Xavier’s Delainey Burnett was 13th of 16 in the 10,000-meter run (38:40.53), and Butler’s Shelbi Burnett was sixth of 10 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:00.85).
Ball State’s Jordan Timmons was eighth of 10 runners in the women’s 800 meters in 2:22.53 at the Hillsdale Track and Field Classic.
Franklin tennis player Ryan Hammer was named to the All-Heartland Conference first team.
Alex Krupa had five hits and scored four runs in nine at-bats for the Iowa Western baseball team (48-10) in two wins against Marshallton and one against Indian Hills. He is batting .405 (51 for 126).
Competing at the Heartland Conference baseball tournament, Anderson (26-15) lost to Rose-Hulman, defeated Franklin and lost to Manchester. Conner Morris had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored in 14 at-bats in the three games and hit .277 (44 for 159) for the season.
The Butler softball team (24-28) won one of three against DePaul. Chelsea Norwood had four hits in eight at-bats in the three games, with two doubles and three RBIs. Her batting average is .263 (36 for 137).
The IPFW softball team (40-15) defeated South Dakota and IUPUI in the first two games of the Summit League tournament before being eliminated by losing twice to North Dakota State. Kelly Pevely had one hit in six at-bats in three games and is hitting .212 (7 for 33).
Indiana State sprinter Katie Wise was a member of the winning 400-meter relay team at the Eastern Illinois Last Chance Track and Field Meet.
The IUPUI softball team (24-24) defeated Western Illinois and North Dakota State in the first two rounds of the Summit League tournament but was then eliminated as a result of losses to IPFW and North Dakota State. Lindsey Richards had two hits in 10 at-bats, with two RBIs and one run scored in the four games. She hit .256 (32 for 145) for the season.
Competing at the Hillsdale Track and Field Classic, Indianapolis’ Farin Hickman was third of 28 in the hammer throw (175-2) and 11th of 17 in the shot put (40-3½). At the Grand Valley Second Chance Meet, she was fifth of 16 in the shot put (43-9¼) and fifth of 14 in the hammer (168-3); and at the Grand Valley Last Chance Meet, she was sixth of 10 in the shot put (43-6½) and third of 13 in the hammer (169-10). Fellow Greyhound Melissa Rios was 10th of 11 in the 200-meter dash (26.99) at the Grand Valley Last Chance Meet.
The Southern University softball team (11-36) lost to Mississippi Valley, defeated Grambling and lost to Jackson State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. Harley Roller had three hits and one RBI in five at-bats in two of the games. She hit .297 (33 for 111) for the season.
The Liberty baseball team (38-11)) lost to Virginia and won three games against Coastal Carolina. Ashton Perritt had three hits, one stolen base and four runs scored in nine at-bats in three of the games and is hitting .253 (42 for 166). He gave up one earned run and two hits in one inning of relief pitching against Virginia and has a 1.80 ERA.
The Franklin baseball team (24-17) lost both its Heartland Conference tournament games, bowing to Manchester and Anderson. Tyler Ison had three doubles in eight at-bats in the two losses with three RBIs and four runs scored. He hit .296 (40 for 135) for the season.
Donnie Waters had one double, one home run, one single, four RBIs and four runs scored in 13 at-bats to help the Rose-Hulman baseball team (26-16) defeat Anderson once and Manchester twice to win the Heartland Conference Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament. He is batting .279 (39 for 140).
Franklin’s Luke Snyder was given honorable mention on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tennis honor team.
The Grace baseball team (13-30), competing in the Crossroads League tournament, was eliminated in the second round as the result of a 4-3 loss to St. Francis. Sammy Wilkerson was the starting pitcher for the Lancers and went six innings, giving up nine hits, one walk and two earned runs and striking out three. He left with the score tied and did not get the decision. His record for the season was 4-1 with a 4.53 ERA in 55 2/3 innings of work.
Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School send ideas for the College Update column to firstname.lastname@example.org.