Softball Posts 13th-Highest Team GPA in Division III Softball, Earns NFCA Academic Honors

Shay Pinhey runs to third base by Alan Babbitt

Sixteen members of the Hope College softball team earned national recognition as 2019 Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athletes.

The group also helped the Flying Dutch recorded the 13th highest team grade point average in NCAA Division III and claim a Easton/NFCA Team GPA Award. 

Led by head coach Mary VandeHoef, Hope finished with a 3.605 team GPA during the 2018-19 school year. On the field, the Flying Dutch went 24-13 last season.

To become a Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete, a softball player must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Hope's recipients were:

  • Freshman pitcher Janelle Baar of Byron Center, Michigan (Byron Center)
  • Sophomore outfielder Claire Bates of Midland, Michigan (Bullock Creek)
  • Freshman infielder Kaelin Callow of Plainfield, Illinois (Plainfield)
  • Freshman utility player Krista Carter of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa)
  • Sophomore outfielder Jo Cook of Birch Run, Michigan (Birch Run)
  • Junior outfielder Amanda Diaz of Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein)
  • Junior outfielder Jordyn Diaz of Naperville, Illinois (Neuqua Valley)
  • Freshman pitcher Chloe Haskins of Brighton, Michigan (Brighton)
  • Senior outfielder Noelle Jackson of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Grand Blanc)
  • Sophomore catcher Morgann Kanouse of Cadillac, Michigan (Cadillac)
  • Freshman second baseman Arinn King of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville)
  • Sophomore pitcher Maddie Nise of Caledonia, Michigan (Caledonia) 
  • Senior first baseman Shay Pinhey of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer)
  • Freshman pitcher Avery Slancik of Scotts, Michigan (Vicksburg)
  • Junior pitcher Shelby Steele of Eaton Rapids, Michigan (Eaton Rapids)
  • Freshman catcher Whitney Wegener of Ida, Michigan (Ida) | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422