Rachel Roberts is 'Player of the Year' and Winslow is a first-team all-star

by: COURTESY PACIFIC UNIVERSITY - BOXER SECOND BASEMAN RACHEL ROBERTSTwo Oregon City High School graduates were among athletes receiving top honors in the 2014 Northwest Conference softball all-star balloting.

Pacific University sophomore second baseman Rachel Roberts last week was named conference “Player of the Year,” while Willamette junior Heather Roberts was selected to the conference first all-star team in the utility/designated player category.

Roberts this season was the NCAA Division III national leader in stolen bases, with 46 successful steals out of 50 attempts, while playing in 38 games.

She also had a conference-leading .468 batting average and 58 hits. Her 46 stolen bases and 58 hits were school records.

Roberts is the first Pacific softball player to earn conference “Player of the Year” honors since Jennifer Sharp earned the honor in 1998.

“Rachel’s Player of the Year position is well deserved,” Pacific coach Tim Hill said. “What pleases me about Rachel is how far she’s come from her freshman year. And that’s all attributable to her. She’s so coachable and she’s always looking to get better. She wants to learn. She’s been an absolute pleasure to coach.”

Playing in 40 games, Winslow this season was Willamette’s team leader in batting average (.420), hits (50), runs scored (39) and extra base hits (16). She had 22 RBI.

Both Roberts and Winslow were named to the Northwest Conference second all-star team a year ago.

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