CHICKASHA – Three Drover softball players were named All-Conference for the Sooner Athletic Conference after astounding play all season.
Pitcher Neesha Sorrell and shortstop Taylor Smith were named All-Conference Second Team while Chelsea Zuchnik earned the team’s only Gold Glove honor.
Sorrell, a sophomore from Newcastle, was the team’s ace pitcher all season. She ends the season with the lowest ERA at 2.35 and the most wins with 12. She threw 18 complete games.
Throughout the season, Sorrell struck out 175 batters. In the last regular season game, she broke a school record for most strikeouts thrown in a game with 16 over the Oklahoma Baptist Bison.
She comes in 23rd in the NAIA in total batters struck out and 37th in opposing batting average (0.195).
This is the second year in a row Sorrell has been named All-Conference Second Team.
Sorrell is a physical education sophomore. She is the daughter of Keith Sorrell and Charlotte Peckinpaugh.
Smith, a physical education sophomore from Oklahoma State, was the starting shortstop in every game and scored 18 runs for the Drovers this season.
In just her first season at USAO, Smith is second on the team in hits with 43 on the season. Additionally, she hit nine doubles, one triple and three home runs.
She comes in second on the team in RBIs with 63.
Smith is originally from Newcastle. She is the daughter of Eddie and Leann Smith.
Zuchnik earned her spot on the Gold Glove team with a perfect fielding percentage on the season. In left field, Zuchnik had 62 putouts, three assists and no errors.
The outfielder made several diving catches this season to help the Drovers clean up the inning.
She scored 10 runs and batted nine runners in this season. She’s hit two doubles, two triples and a home run.
Before joining the Drovers this year, she played at Seminole State. Originally from Bridge Creek, the physical education junior is the only daughter of Joe and Ruth Zuchnik.