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Dixie State softball: Five Trailblazers land All-RMAC honors

ST. GEORGE — Five Dixie State softball players have earned All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors, the league announced Tuesday. The honors include one first team, one second team, one gold glove and three honorable mention selections.

Senior catcher Jessica Gonzalez garnered the team’s lone first-team honor, marking her third overall first-team award and her fourth consecutive all-conference honor. Gonzalez closed the regular season with a .394 batting average to go with 11 home runs, eight doubles and 40 RBIs. She also recorded a .717 slugging percentage and a .481 on-base percentage, drawing 22 walks. She posted 15 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games to go with a .990 fielding percentage. Additionally, she mowed down seven stolen-base attempts from behind the dish.

Sophomore pitcher Cambrie Hazel garnered second team All-RMAC honors, marking her second consecutive second team all-conference award. Hazel followed up an extraordinary freshman season with an exceptional sophomore campaign, closing the regular season with a 16-5 record and a 1.85 ERA. She was named RMAC Pitcher of the Week twice, and finished the regular season in the top five in the RMAC in six categories, including a conference-best 192 strikeouts. The 192 strikeouts also mark a DSU single-season record. Additionally, Hazel struck out 10 or more batters nine times during the regular season and recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts against Regis on March 30. She also posted seven shutouts and limited opposing batters to a .171 average.

Three Trailblazers received honorable mention honors, including senior infielders Bailey Gaffin, Kaitlyn Delange and Dani Bartholf.

Gaffin landed her third consecutive all-conference honor, closing the regular season with a team-best .407 batting average, good enough for seventh in the RMAC. She recorded 10 doubles, two home runs and one triple while posting 25 RBIs, a .566 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .455. Additionally, Gaffin stole seven bases and recorded 15 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games.

Delange garnered her first all-conference honor, and posted a .304 batting average during the regular season with eight doubles and 19 RBIs. She was a perfect 10 of 10 on stolen-base attempts and scored 21 runs. Kaitlyn recorded eight multi-hit and six multi-RBI games.

Bartholf also earned her first all-conference honor, and finished the regular season with a .302 batting average to go with seven doubles, one home run and 30 RBIs. She was a perfect 6 of 6 on stolen-base attempts and is currently riding a nine-game hit streak. Additionally, Bartholf posted seven multi-hit and a DSU-best 11 multi-RBI games.

Bartholf also garnered DSU’s lone RMAC Gold Glove honor, wrapping up the regular season with a .973 fielding percentage at third base with 104 assists and 40 putouts on 148 chances.

The Trailblazers closed the regular season with a 37-10 overall record and a 31-9 mark in RMAC play. Dixie State enters the RMAC tournament as the No. 3 seed, and will battle No. 6 UC-Colorado Springs in the first round on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Grand Junction, Colorado.