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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 12, 2010

Softball Names Team Captains

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Senior second baseman Erin Leslie, junior first baseman Kaila Ballard and junior outfielder Kit Daugherty have been named 2010 team captains for the Northwest Missouri State softball team head coach Ryan Anderson announced Friday. The Bearcats open their 2010 season with a Saturday doubleheader against Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.

Leslie, a native of Shawnee, Kan., was a unanimous first-team All-MIAA second baseman in 2008 after batting .338 with four home runs, 28 RBIs and a team-high 49 runs scored. She started all 51 games for the Bearcats a year ago and hit .261 with three homers, 15 RBIs and a team-leading 36 runs scored.

"Erin is the lone senior on our team and she's a captain because she wants to win," said Anderson. "She's fought off shoulder problems in each of the last two years and she will battle them again this season. Erin's had a terrific career here and I look forward to watching her chase down program records this season."

Leslie has scored 110 runs in her career and is 12 away from being the Bearcats' all-time leading scorer. In other program marks, she ranks fifth in career stolen bases (29), eighth in home runs (14) and 10th in RBIs (80).

Ballard returns to the starting lineup after missing all of 2009 with a hip injury. A two-year starter and a native of Norwalk, Iowa, Ballard has hit .286 with six home runs, 46 RBIs and 39 runs scored in 91 career starts. Ballard has played nearly every position in the infield, but will likely spend most of her time at first base this season.

"Like Erin, Kaila has played through injury for much of her career," said Anderson. "Kaila has senior experience from being around practice but not senior playing time. Kaila can adapt to any position and I know she'll be a solid defender for us."

Daugherty is in her first season at Northwest after spending the prior two seasons at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Originally from Knoxville, Iowa, Daughterty batted .411 with 13 home runs, 68 RBIs and 66 runs scored in 2008 while leading the Tritons to a 52-10 record and a fifth-place finish at nationals. She also stole 33 bases. Daughterty missed much of last season due to injury.

"Kit's been a hard worker ever since she stepped foot in Maryville," said Anderson. "She played third base her freshman year and catcher and outfield as a sophomore. She goes hard after the ball and I'm leaning towards starting her in right and center fields."

Northwest is scheduled to play 24 games before hosting Wayne State in its home opener March 16. The MIAA slate starts March 26 at home against Missouri Southern.

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