Shelly Aldrich and Tara Hines, two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's fastpitch softball team, were recently honored when the National Christian College Athletic Association announced the 1998 All-American teams.
Aldrich, a sophomore shortstop from Marion, Ohio, was selected to the 16-player All-American First Team. She batted .336 for the season with 10 doubles, two triples, one homerun, 19 runs batted in, and 22 runs scored. She also anchored the Lady Cougars' defense up the middle as she committed just 11 errors in 188 chances for an outstanding .941 fielding percentage.
Hines, a freshman pitcher from Marion, Ohio, was named an Honorable Mention All-American as she led MVNC in every pitching category. She posted a 13-7 record with a 2.25 earned run average. She tossed one no-hitter, three shutouts, and 18 complete games. She only walked 20 batters in 134 innings, and opponents hit just .252 against her. She also posted a .315 batting average and drove in 19 runs to tie Aldrich for the team lead in that category.
Aldrich and Hines helped the Lady Cougars to a 20-16 overall record on the season and a third-place finish at the 1998 NCCAA National Tournament, which MVNC entered as the seventh seed. Both Aldrich and Hines, along with senior outfielder Jodi Brewster, were named to the All-National Tournament Team for their efforts there.