Ashland University softball freshman Dayna Denner and senior Ally Farrah earned spots on the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Midwest Region team that was announced Wednesday (May 10) afternoon.
Denner, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, is a first-team selection at third base.
As Ashland's primary leadoff hitter, Denner led all GLIAC freshmen in batting average (.372), hits (61), runs (33), stolen bases (16) and on-base percentage (.440). Her four home runs and three triples are both tied for the most among the conference's freshmen, and her .543 slugging percentage slots her at No. 2.
A first-team All-GLIAC selection, Farrah was named to the region's second team.
Farrah primarily batted second and played center field for the Eagles. She led Ashland and finished seventh in the conference with a .402 batting average. She was second in the GLIAC with a school-record 31 stolen bases. She was only caught stealing once. Farrah also led AU and finished top 10 in the conference in hits (70), runs (37) and on-base percentage (.439). She led the Eagles with 174 at-bats, but has only struck out nine times in 2017. Farrah was one of six GLIAC players with at least 50 total chances to complete the season with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Denner and Farrah are two of 210 student-athletes from 116 programs to earn all-region honors. They're now eligible for selection to the all-American teams that will be announced May 24 at the NCAA Division II National Championship Banquet in Salem, Va.