By Rick Peterson

The Washburn Ichabod softball team had three players honored in five categories on the All-MIAA team announced Tuesday prior to Wednesday's start of the conference tournament at the Envista Softball Complex at Lake Shawnee in Topeka.

JayceeGinterESUWashburn junior Jaycee Ginter has received first-team All-MIAA honors for the third straight season. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

MarritMeadWUMarrit Mead has earned All-MIAA second-team recognition for Washburn at third base. [File photo]

The Ichabods had two MIAA Gold Glove winners as well as a first-team, second-team and honorable mention All-MIAA pick this season.

The Ichabods will open the MIAA tournament at 3 p.m. Wednesday as the No. 5 seed when the Ichabods face No. 4 seed Central Missouri.

Junior pitcher Jayce Ginter, a Shawnee Heights product, earned first-team All-MIAA honors as a pitcher after earning first-team all-MIAA honors as a freshman and sophomore as a pitcher/utility player.

Ginter leads the MIAA in victories with 23 and is second in the league with a 1.68 ERA. Her 244 strikeouts are first in the league as are her games started (28), complete games (20) and innings pitched (203 2/3).

Junior third basemen Marrit Mead was a second-team All-MIAA selection this season. She is third in the MIAA in hitting with a .409 batting average and her 67 hits is second this season. She is a perfect 27 of 27 in stolen base attempts.

Mead is also second in the MIAA in runs scored with 50, seventh in doubles with 14 and seventh in on-base percentage at .478. Mead was a first-team All-MIAA pick her freshman and sophomore seasons as an Ichabod.

Senior second basemen Hadley Kerschen earned All-MIAA honorable mention after batting .352 this season while starting all 50 games.

She is second on the team with 56 hits.. During the 26-game MIAA schedule, Kerschen hit a team-leading .367. Kerschen was an honorable mention All-MIAA selection her sophomore and junior seasons at both shortstop and second base.
Washburn also had two Gold Glove team members with Ginter in the circle and Mead at third base.

Mead committed only one error at third base in 76 chances for a .987 fielding percentage and was part of five double plays this season to repeat as a Gold Glove selection. Ginter did not commit an error this season, compiling 27 assists.

Shawnee Heights product Abbey Fischer received second-team All-MIAA recognition for Central Missouri while Heights product Paige Petefish received honorable mention.

Hayden grad Carly Stuke received All-MIAA honorable mention for Fort Hays State.
2023 MIAA Softball Postseason Awards
Player of the Year – Sydni Hawkins – Missouri Western, Sr.
Defense Player of the Year – Gabby Schulz – Pittsburg State, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year – Sara Llamas-Howell – Rogers State, Jr. 
Freshman of the Year – Emily Deramus – Central Oklahoma 
Coach of the Year – Cody White – Central Oklahoma 
2023 All-MIAA Softball Teams
First Team
Pitcher: Sara Llamas-Howell – Rogers State, Jr. 
Pitcher: Jaycee Ginter – Washburn, Jr. 
Catcher: Callie Yellin – Rogers State, Jr. 
First Base: Paxtyn Hayes – Pittsburg State, Jr. 
Second Base: Sydni Hawkins – Missouri Western, Sr. 
Shortstop: Emily Deramus – Central Oklahoma, Fr. 
Third Base: Shayla Harper – Central Oklahoma, Sr. 
Outfield: Ashlyn Cook – Central Missouri, Gr.
Outfield: Jacee Minter – Central Oklahoma, Jr.
Outfield: Yazmin Vargas – Missouri Southern, Jr. 
Designated Player: Chloe Bohuslaicky – Northeastern State, Jr. 
Utility/Pitcher: Savannah Evans – Northeastern State, Jr. 
Utility/Non-Pitcher: Tatum Long – Central Oklahoma, Jr. 
Second Team
Pitcher: Sam Pederson – Missouri Western, Sr.
Pitcher: Jordyn Pipkin – Central Oklahoma, So. 
Catcher: Amelya Huggins – Central Oklahoma, Sr. 
First Base: Bridgette Morales – Rogers State, So. 
Second Base: Leighton Withers – Missouri Southern, Sr. 
Shortstop: Abbey Fischer – Central Missouri, Sr. 
Third Base: Marrit Mead – Washburn, Jr. 
Outfield: Heather Arnett – Pittsburg State, Fr.
Outfield: Mackenzie Devine – Missouri Western, So. 
Outfield: Peyton Shepard – Fort Hays State, Fr. 
Designated Player: Air Cordova – Emporia State, Jr. 
Utility/Pitcher: Terin Ritz – Central Oklahoma, So. 
Utility/Non-Pitcher: Leslie Callahan, Jr. 
Gold Glove Team
Pitcher: Jaycee Ginter – Washburn, Jr.
Catcher: Emily Sampson – Northeastern State, Jr. 
First Base: Paxtyn Hayes – Pittsburg State, Jr. 
Second Base: Mikayla Rutland – Central Oklahoma, Sr. 
Shortstop: Gabby Schultz – Pittsburg State, Jr.
Third Base: Marrit Mead – Washburn, Jr. 
Outfield: Avery Anderson – Northwest Missouri, Jr.
Outfield: Rylee Lemos – Central Oklahoma, Fr. 
Outfield: Adrianna Young – Missouri Southern, Jr. 
Honorable Mentions
Central Missouri: Paige Petefish (Pitcher); Makenzie McAtee (First Base); Jessica Sader (Third Base); MaKenzie Cooper (Designated Player)

Central Oklahoma: Terin Reitz (Pitcher); Rylee Lemos (Outfield)
Fort Hays State: Savanah Egger (Pitcher); Carly Stuke (Outfield)
Missouri Southern: Avery Tallman (Pitcher); Ashlynn Williams (Catcher); Katie Gray (First Base); Josie Tofpi (Shortstop); Emily Perry (Outfield); Kara Amos (Utility/Pitcher) 
Missouri Western: Harley Pruetting (Pitcher); Kennedy Preston (Catcher); Abby Dickey (Outfield)
Nebraska Kearney: Katie Gosker (Catcher); Sydney Thomason (Utility/Pitcher)
Newman: Gianna Navarro (Second Base)
Northeastern State: Madison Heinle (Pitcher); Emily Sampson (Catcher)
Northwest Missouri: Olivia Daugherty (Third Base); Lillie Filger (Outfield); Omara Love (Outfield)
Pittsburg State: Hannah Harrison (Pitcher); Taylor Lambert (Second Base); Gabby Schultz (Shortstop); Kylee Bhole (Designated Player)
Rogers State: Jade Sanders (Pitcher); Abbey Rogers (Catcher); Nicole Price (Shortstop); Jaylan Gibson (Third Base); Paxton Donaldson (Outfield)
Washburn: Hadley Kerschen (Second Base)

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