Team Awards Handed Out At Post-Season Brunch

Tori Balta. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tori Balta. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Four Players Honored

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team gathered one final time on Tuesday morning  to celebrate the 2014 season at a brunch in the Kiphuth Trophy room inside Payne Whitney Gym. In addition to looking back at the year's highlights, the team awards were presented.

Senior Tori Balta received the Most Valuable Player Award. She led the Bulldogs in hitting (.380), runs (18), hits (46), doubles (12) and total bases (60). Her 12 doubles tied for the fifth most in a season in school history, and she has been among the Ivy League leaders in batting average throughout the season.

The Most Improved Player Award was presented to freshman Rachel Paris, who took over as the starting second baseman midway through the season. In her final 11 games, she batted .304 with a pair of doubles. For the season, she finished with a .396 on base percentage and committed only one error.

Junior Sarah Onorato was the recipient of the Barbara Chou Leadership Award. Onorato was the behind the plate for every inning of Yale's 39 games and batted .250 with seven doubles, two triples and one home run.

The Andy Van Etten Coaches Award was presented to junior Riley Hughes, who played in 19 games. The award is bestowed upon the player who represents the ideals of Yale Softball that go beyond statistics. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity