Monday, May 19, 2014

Four Hawks Tabbed as All-Conference Players

Softball: All-Conference 2014
Fingerman, Cummings, Cannon and Liewergen earned All-Conference honors. (Jim Cummins)
PALATINE, Ill. – In a year where the Harper College women's softball team finished above .500 in North Central Community College Conference (N4C) play with a 9-8 record, four players were picked as All-Conference honorees. Raegan Fingerman (Fox River Grove, Ill./Barrington) garnered First Team All-Conference honors, and Sam Cummings (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park), Lindsay Cannon (McHenry, Ill./McHenry West) and Tori Liewergen (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) picked up Second Team All-Conference honors.

Fingerman, also a First Team All-Region choice, dominated league play, hitting .482 with a .508 OBP, four homers, 23 RBIs and 16 runs in 17 games. The first-ever softball player to win Harper College Athlete of the Week led the Hawks in hitting with a .466 average and four homers, a team-best 38 RBIs, 41 hits, seven doubles and two triples in 26 games.  

"She led us in almost every offensive category this season and did everything we asked of her," said Harper head softball coach Cray Allen. "She has such a great personality that gives every teammate great memories."

Cummings provided more pop in the middle of the Harper lineup, hitting .342 with a .422 OBP, four homers and 14 RBIs in just 13 N4C contests. In 22 games, the freshman posted a .353 average with five homers (T-24th in nation) and 26 RBIs.

"She's a tremendous offensive player who I enjoyed watching in high school and during the summers," Allen said. "She had a great conference tournament and helped lead us offensively throughout the season. It was very rewarding for me to have a fellow Lake Park Lancer player in our program."

Cannon hit .389 with a .476 OBP and scored 23 runs while using her speed to swipe nine bags in 17 conference games. The First Team All-Region selection was second on the team with a .373 average and first in runs scored with 37.

"She is a tremendous teammate and is always positive even during the toughest moments of the season," Allen said.

Liewergen, also a Second Team All-Region honoree, went 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 95 innings in the circle going up against strong N4C competition and won eight games overall. At the plate, she hit .278 with 11 RBIs in conference and .337 with 20 RBIs overall.

"Tori was not scared of a single batter as she would compete each and every pitch while on the mound," Allen said. "She gained a lot of respect from a lot of us as the year progressed."

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