DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State softball had seven players earn yearly honors from the Great American Conference, highlighted by Kelsey Meeks taking the conference’s Newcomer of the Year award while Elexis Watson was named Freshman of the Year.
Meeks and Watson each earned first-team all-conference honors as well while Symphoni Shomo joined them as a first-team selection.
Sydnee Hinkle and Destiny Riddle each earned second-team All-GAC selection and Keeshia Thompson was an honorable mention pick.
Academically, Destiny Riddle became Southeastern softball’s first GAC Elite Scholar Athlete honoree while Meeks and Mykaela Wallace each added GAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete honors.
Meeks, a junior pitcher from Limon, Colo., collected the most wins in the conference and finished with a 27-13 record while carrying a 2.81 ERA. She tossed a conference-leading 231.2 innings over 45 appearances and 26 starts with 23 complete games and two shutouts. She added 110 strikeouts and held opponents to a .275 batting average.
Watson, a freshman first baseman from Muskogee, Okla., was ranked in the GAC top five in nine different offensive categories, including average, slugging, home runs, doubles and RBI. She hit .391 and finished with 66 hits, 14 homers and 19 doubles while driving in 51 runs and scoring 40. She slugged .751 and boasted a .488 on base percentage.
Shomo, a sophomore second baseman from Tahlequah, Okla., hit .359 and tied Watson with 66 hits. She led the conference and was nationally ranked in stolen bases, finishing with 40. On the year she added four doubles and a triple while driving in 13 runs and scoring 36. She also carried a .975 fielding percentage at second base.
Hinkle, a junior from Justin, served a utility role, splitting time between designated player and catcher. She ended second on the team and top 10 in the conference in average at .372, putting up 55 hits with 14 doubles and six home runs. She drove in 34 runs and scored 23 while slugging .588 and adding a .457 on-base percentage.
Riddle, a junior from Muskogee, Okla., served a utility role while splitting time between third base and pitcher. She hit .355 with 59 hits, seven doubles and a pair of home runs while driving in 35 runs and scoring 28. She also added a .982 fielding percentage at third. In the circle she made 26 appearances, including 16 starts, putting together a 5-5 record with a 4.24 ERA over 76 innings with 30 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .288.
Thompson, a junior from Dodd City, also split time, playing primarily in center field while adding starts at third base. She batted .353 with 60 hits that included 11 doubles, a triple and six home runs while driving in 33 runs and scoring 41. She also boasted a .963 fielding percentage between two positions.
Wallace, a junior shortstop from Henryetta, Okla., hit .283 with 43 hits, eight doubles and eight home runs while driving in 26 runs and scoring 28 times. She carried a .493 slugging percentage as well as a .351 on base percentage.