Three members of the Mount Ida softball team were named to the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference all-conference squad that was announced earlier today, as the Mustang trio earned third-team all-league accolades in a vote of the conference coaches.
Senior shortstop Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) collected her third all-GNAC honor in four seasons of play, as she batted .382 with a team-leading 42 hits that included 15 doubles, three homers and a team-best 26 RBI in 36 games played. Microulis, who recorded a .584 slugging percentage and 101 assists in the field, earned first team all-conference honors as a utility player during her sophomore campaign of 2016 after being named to the third team all-GNAC squad as a freshman. Hayley closed out her career ranked third on the College’s all-time hits list with 161, a total that includes 39 doubles, a triple and four homers.
Freshmen Jill Skalski (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) also represented Mount Ida on this year’s all-conference team at catcher and pitcher, respectively, as Skalski batted .362 in 30 contests (20 starts) with a homer, 12 doubles and 10 RBI to go with a .580 slugging percentage behind the dish. Smith paced the Mustangs at the plate with a .382 batting average that included four doubles, a triple and 10 RBI, and she added seven victories and a 2.96 earned run average while fanning 61 in 101 2/3 innings of work inside the circle as a rookie.
Additionally, freshman catcher Michelle Cilley (Dracut, Mass./Dracut) was named to the 2018 GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team, as she appeared in eight contests and rapped out three hits during her inaugural collegiate campaign this spring. The Mustangs also received the league’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award in recognition of their play during the year.
Mount Ida posted its highest single-season win total in six years with 15 overall triumphs under the guidance of Head Coach Katie Zuman in 2018, including nine in conference action.