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ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Baptist Softball team showed fans a glimpse of the future in 2017. The Spartans, one of the youngest teams in the NAIA, had just four upperclassmen on a team of 21.
Despite the youth, MBU finished 18-22 and 10-14 in the American Midwest Conference, just two wins shy of a postseason berth. The Spartans won five of six, before dropping their final four AMC games.
Several players shined, including All-Conference selections Andrea Chessor and Meagan Elder. Chessor, the lone senior on this year's team, excelled both inside the circle and in the batter's box. She earned Second-Team All-AMC honors after finishing with 12 wins and a 2.59 ERA in 154.1 innings. Chessor also hit .284 with eight doubles and 11 runs batted in.
Elder had a breakout sophomore campaign as the Spartans catcher. She hit a team-high .318 with 10 doubles and 11 RBI's. The sophomore also slugged .409 with an on-base percentage of .392 and made 38 starts behind the dish.
Elder started the year with a walk-off hit in a 3-2 win over Coastal Georgia in Gulf Shores, Ala. MBU picked up three wins in the very competitive tournament in early March. The conference season started against Stephens on March 17 and the Spartans began 2-0.
Freshman Jordan Corby homered and drove in three runs in the conference opener, a 5-2 win. Corby started all 40 games and led MBU with three home runs and 14 RBI's. Freshman Rachel Galbraith was also a fixture in the Spartan lineup. The centerfielder hit .221 and posted 11 RBI's with four multi-hit games.
Like Corby, sophomore Kayla Thoron also hit well during the sweep of Stephens, going 4-6 with an RBI. Thoron hit .273 for the year with six RBI's in 24 games.
On April 1, MBU swept Williams Woods the day after splitting with a very good Park squad to stand at 5-5 in the conference. Against Park, MBU trailed by two heading into the seventh and came from behind to win 3-2 in extras. Chessor tossed all 14 innings against Woods in the sweep.
Another big stretch for the Spartans was winning five of six conference games, including four in a row, in mid-April. Freshman hurler Delissa Dennison picked up the victory in two straight sweeps over Harris-Stowe and STLCOP, while only allowing four earned runs. Dennison posted a 3.09 ERA in 90.2 innings and improved steadily as the season went along.
Another freshman, Amber Mobbs, did the same. Mobbs played extensively down the stretch and hit .385 (10-26) in the final seven games. She ended the season hitting an even .300 in 40 at-bats.
Off the field, MBU had a total of 16 players named to the AMC All-Academic Team: Victoria Beachum, Madison Bond, Andrea Chessor, Jordan Corby, Delissa Dennison, Kelsey Dotson, Meagan Elder, Rachel Galbraith, Lucinda Gomez, Lindsy Hawkins, Amber Mobbs, Meghan Mollet, Ashton Pieron, Kaylee Schrand, Macey Weinstroer and Stephanie Worth.
In all, the Spartans lose just one player to graduation and hope to build off the foundation of talented youth in 2018.