CHICKASHA – After one of the best seasons in school history, the Drover softball team saw nine players earn postseason conference honors, including a Newcomer of the Year.
Kaylin Taylor, a freshman from Purcell, was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and All-SAC First Team.
Joining Taylor on first team was shortstop Taylor Smith. Five other Drovers — Courtney Capps, Kayla Adams, McKenna Eubank, Dani Warren, Tate Landmark and Jaci Booker — were named All-Conference Second Team.
With a strong .980 fielding percentage playing first base, senior Sara Reeves was named Gold Glove for this season.
Five of the Drovers’ nine All-Conference athletes this season are freshmen while two are seniors and two were juniors.
Taylor made a splash in her first season with the Sooner Athletic Conference, earning her one of the most distinctive conference honors — Newcomer of the Year.
As the Drovers’ lead-off hitter in every game of the season, Taylor leads the team and comes in third in the conference in batting average at .455 due in part to her quick speed. Her average puts her at 31st in the NAIA.
For the season, she collected 85 hits, which is also leads the team and is third in the SAC and sixth in the NAIA.
Adding to her accomplishments, she leads the Drovers in total runs scored with 46, which is 10th in the conference. To help her score runs, she stole 23 bases for the season, putting her sixth in the conference.
Taylor was USAO’s starting centerfielder all season. She is the daughter of Jon and Shannon Taylor.
To round out her strong senior year, Smith gets to add an accolade to her list as she earned her third consecutive All-Conference award and her first First Team honor.
Smith was the team’s only other player to start in every game of the season and recorded the most total bases on the team at 105. That statistic puts her seventh in the SAC in total bases.
She batted .328 for the season, notching a total of 62 hits and 42 runs. Further, she leads the team in doubles with 18 and is second in home runs with seven. Her total doubles is third in the SAC and 12th in the NAIA.
As the Drovers’ starting shortstop, Smith is second in the conference and fifth in the league in total assists at 142 for the season.
For her career at USAO, she has scored 89 runs — 13 of which were homers. She has batted in 96 runners and stolen 24 bases in three years as a Drover. Smith is tied for third in school history in total home runs and career RBIs and fourth in doubles at 38.
Smith has earned All-Conference Second Team honors her two previous season with the Drovers. Before playing at USAO, she played one season at Oklahoma State.
She is a physical education and business senior from Newcastle. She is the daughter of Eddie and Leann Smith.
Capps, a junior outfielder, played in every game of the season for the Drovers and earned with Second Team honors with the conference.
In addition to a perfect fielding percentage on the year, she batted a .323 for the Drovers and ended the season second on the team in runs batted in at 39.
For the season, she scored 30 runs. She hit four home runs and 15 doubles, which puts her 11th in the conference and in the top 50 in the nation.
Each of her home runs were in separate games and one was in the final regular season game of the year against (18) Oklahoma City, a game where she batted in both USAO runs of the game.
Capps transferred to USAO from Murray State. She is a business junior from Konawa and the daughter of Bill and Berneda Capps.
Adams, USAO’s starting catcher, was an integral part of the Drovers offense and defense.
In addition to strong fielding, to which she averages .996 with just one error all season, Adams is a powerful hitter, coming in first on the team in total home runs and second in doubles.
With a total of eight hits out of the park, Adams falls eighth in the SAC in bombs. She trails teammate Smith by one in doubles; with 17 on the season, she is fifth in the conference and in the top 25 nationally.
Adams’ fielding percentage is second on the team and fifth in the conference.
In three seasons at USAO, the junior has scored 60 runs and has had 88 RBIs off 111 hits, 34 of which were doubles. Additionally, she is tied for second in USAO history in career home runs with 16.
She is a physical education junior from Mustang and the daughter of Jay and Mindy Adams.
In her freshman season with the Drovers, Eubank came in second on the team in batting average at .338.
As a starting left fielder, Eubank rounded out the bottom of the lineup, scoring 25 runs and batting in an additional 16.
She scored three runs each in mid-April games against conference opponents Texas Wesleyan and Southwestern Christian.
Eubank had four doubles and two triples this season. Additionally, she stole eight bases.
She is a communication freshman from Purcell and the daughter of Mike and Shelly Eubank.
As a freshman, Warren saw time in nearly every game, playing in important roles as second in the lineup and protecting third base.
While she notched 49 hits on the season, she leads the team in triples with four on the year, putting her fourth in the conference.
Once she was on base, Warren had a way to getting around the bases. She stole 16 bases, off of 18 attempts, which is tied for second on the team and is tied for 10th in the SAC.
Warren comes in 13th in the NAIA in total assists at 125 in her position at third base.
She had a season-high four runs in a win over Southwestern Christian in late April. In that doubleheader, she scored a total of six runs.
Warren is a communication freshman from Lawton. She is the daughter of Gary Warren and Beverly Carrasco.
Landmark’s mark on the Drover team as a freshman was significant. She was one of the team’s leading pitchers and one of the team’s strongest at the plate.
Pitching in 16 complete games, three of which were shutouts, and making a total of 31 appearances in the circle, Landmark led the team in wins with 15 and strikeouts at 114.
She threw more than 150 innings, which is fifth in the conference. She ended the season at sixth in the SAC in both the wins and strikeout categories.
Walking just 19 batters all season, she is third in the conference in walks allowed and in the top 15 nationally in walks allowed per nine (.87).
At the plate, Landmark was third on the team in batting average at .328. She finished the season 12th in the conference and second at USAO in total hits at 64. She scored 32 times for third on the team and batted in an additional 32 runs on the year.
Leading the Drovers in at bats at 195, she is seventh in the NAIA in at bats.
Additionally, she is tied with teammate Warren and 10th in the conference in stolen bases at 16.
She is a freshman from Lawton and the daughter of Mike and Lisa Landmark.
USAO’s other freshman pitcher, Booker, also was named All-Conference Second Team.
Leading the team in earned run average at 2.70, Booker recorded 14 wins and threw 14 complete games and two shutouts. She is eighth in the conference in wins.
For the season, Booker struck out 59 batters and allowed just 26 walks, a stat that puts her third in the SAC. Further, she is 10th in the conference in total innings pitched in the season with 137.1.
She had a season-high seven strikeouts in an April game against Southwestern Assemblies of God.
Booker is a freshman from Cyril. She is the daughter of Steve and Shelli Booker.
Finishing her fourth year at USAO, Reeves earned her first All-Conference honors in the form of Gold Glove.
With 459 putouts at first base, Reeves leads the conference in total putouts and putouts per game at 7.91. Additionally, she is first in the NAIA in total chances with 490.
She has a fielding percentage of .980, which is third among starters at USAO.
This season, Reeves has scored 28 runs and batted in 18. She hit two home runs, including one in the Drovers’ final game of the SAC tournament.
As a Drover, she’s recorded more than 1,500 putouts. She is second in school history in total starts, starting in 210 of her 213 appearances as a Drover.
For her career, Reeves scored 82 runs and had 69 RBIs in 122 hits. She hit six home runs and 34 doubles.
Reeves graduated in April with her sociology degree. She is from Konawa and is the daughter of Mark ad Mona Reeves.
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