NEW LONDON, Conn.-For the second consecutive season the Coast Guard softball team has landed three student-athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference All-Conference Team. Senior catcher/third baseman Holli Bastinck, sophomore catcher Jessie Richardson, and freshman shortstop Morgan Kingston all earned recognition. The vote was conducted by the league's ten head coaches.
For the third consecutive season Bastinck was named to the first team. An All-American a year ago, Bastinck saw a decrease in the number of hittable pitches at the plate this season, as opposing teams generally tried to work around her. Despite this, Bastinck posted a .339 batting average on the strength of 37 hits to go along with a pair of home runs and 19 runs batted in. Splitting time between third base, catching, and serving as a designated player, she also proved herself defensively as she committed just two errors in 46 chances. Bastinck concludes her Coast Guard softball career ranked second in hits (209), third in both home runs (18) and RBI's (131), and fifth with a .393 batting average.
Richardson is also a repeat winner on the All-Conference team. After earning first team accolades as a freshman, Richardson was named to the second team this season after spending the offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Richardson has responded well and led the team with a .415 batting average compiled on the strength of her second 50-hit season in as many years. She drove in a team-high 24 runs and led the team in doubles with 10. Her 21 runs scored rank second on the team and she drew eight walks compared to just seven strikeouts in 141 plate appearances. Defensively Richardson has handled the demands of catching very well handling 106 chances with just three errors in helping to mentor two freshman pitchers.
Kingston was also selected to the second team and is a first-time member of the All-Conference team following a rookie campaign in which she exceeded all expectations. She played and started in every game this season hitting a staggering .382 (eighth-best in the NEWMAC) while scoring a team-high 27 runs and driving in 21 as she's hit just about everywhere in the order. In 132 plate appearances, she struck out just 12 times and drew six walks for a .412 on-base percentage. Her six stolen bases ranked second on the team but more impressively, she handled her role as the starting shortstop exceptionally as she's adjusted to the college game. Kingston has registered 70 put outs and 116 assists in compiling a .944 fielding percentage after having played every inning this season.
The Bears currently completed the 2013 season with an overall record of 22-17, and reached the semi-final of the NEWMAC Tournament following upset wins over Babson and Wheaton. The Bears were also named recipients of the 2013 Sportsmanship Award.