Menahga's Lindsay Hendrickson and Park Rapids' Macky Warne had outstanding sophomore seasons as starters for women's softball teams in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.
Hendrickson was one of 16 players to earn National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III All-America honors after hitting .492 (58 for 118) with 17 doubles, 11 home runs, 41 runs scored and 73 RBI as the starter at first base for Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Hendrickson, who had a .915 slugging percentage, ranked No. 2 in RBI and No. 3 in home runs in the MCAC.
Hendrickson also received MCAC All-State and Elite Team honors. The all-state team is comprised of the nine top vote-receiving nominees from each division as selected by the conference coaches while the Elite Team consists of the top performing student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and in athletics in the conference.
CLC won the MCAC Northern Division title with a 21-3 record. Northland finished second at 20-4 while Itasca (17-7), Rainy River (10-10), Mesabi Range (8-16), Hibbing (0-16) and Vermillion (0-20) followed.
The Raiders advanced to the NJCAA Region 13B/District D tournament at St. Cloud on May 16-17. CLC followed an opening-round 7-4 loss to Dakota College with wins over Northland (10-2 in five innings) and Dakota College (3-0) before being eliminated with a 5-1 loss to Dakota College to end the season with a 30-13-1 overall record. In those four tournament games, Hendrickson hit .417 (5 for 12) with two runs scored and two RBI.
During the regular season, Hendrickson started 38 games and had at least one hit in 30 games and had at least two hits in 17 games. Hendrickson went 4 for 4 with three homers, four runs scored and 10 RBI in an 18-7 win over Ridgewater; went 3 for 5 with a homer and five RBI in a 15-7 win over Riverland; went 2 for 3 with four RBI in a 13-2 win and 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI in a 6-3 win over Mesabi Range; went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in a 9-0 win over Itasca; went 3 for 4 in a 10-7 loss to St. Cloud; went 4 for 4 with two runs, two doubles, one homer and eight RBI in a 17-0 win over Vermilion; went 3 for 5 with three RBI in a 15-6 win over Mesabi; and went 4 for 5 with two doubles and a homer, three runs and five RBI in a 13-6 win over Itasca. Hendrickson finished third on the Raiders in batting average while leading the team in home runs and RBI.
Warne batted .407 (35 for 86, including 12 doubles) with 29 runs scored, eight RBI and five stolen bases in 25 games as a starting infielder and went 2-4 with a 2.80 ERA in nine pitching appearances for Minnesota State Community and Technical College at Fergus Falls. Those numbers earned Warne a spot on the MCAC Southern Division honorable mention list as voted on by the division coaches.
Fergus Falls finished third in the Southern Division standings with an 11-9 record. St. Cloud Technical CC took first at 17-3 while Anoka-Ramsey followed at 16-4. Trailing the Spartans were Rochester (8-12), Ridgweater (8-12) and Riverland (0-10).
At the Region 13B tournament at St. Cloud on May 16, Fergus Falls lost to Anoka-Ramsey 11-3 and Ridgewater 7-5 to end the season with a 16-13 overall record.
Warne had at least one hit in 19 games and had at least two hits in 14 games. Warne opened the season by going 3 for 4 with two runs in a 14-2 win over Riverland and followed with five straight two-hit games. Warne also went 3 for 5 with two runs in a 9-7 loss to St. Cloud.
On the mound, Warne allowed two unearned runs on three hits in five innings in the 14-2 win over Riverland and gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits in seven innings in a 5-4 win over Rochester. For the season, Warne allowed 50 runs (14 earned) on 60 hits and 14 walks while striking out 25 in 35 innings. Warne started seven games and pitched three complete games.
Both players also received MCAC academic honors.