Morningside College placed four players on the 2013 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Softball First Team, as selected recently by the league’s head coaches. Roland-Story graduate Mackenzie Neely was among those four players named.
The Mustangs’ first team all-conference selections included Neely, a senior catcher from Roland, along with Taylor Daas, (sophomore shortstop from New Brighton, MN), Kirsten Dargy (senior DH from Omaha, NE) and Jordan Johnson (junior pitcher from Sioux City, IA). Their exploits this season helped lead Morningside to a 31-16 record, the GPAC tournament title and a fifth straight appearance in the NAIA Softball National Championship Tournament. Morningside, unfortunately, lost their first two games of the NAIA tournament in Claremore, Oklahoma, on May 13 and 14, thus ending their season.
Neely and Dargy are both repeat selections from last year’s All-GPAC first team, with Neely being named to the first team for the fourth consecutive year. Four other Morningside players were named to the All-GPAC second team as well.
Neely was one of the Mustangs’ top power hitters and run producers this year, with a team high 10 homeruns and 42 RBIs. She was second best on the team with a .677 slugging percentage, and led the Mustangs with 26 bases on balls. Neely also batted .380 with six doubles. Mackenzie was a four year letter winner, as she now concludes her impressive career with the Mustangs.
Mackenzie is the daughter of Russ and Jeri Neely of Roland.