Yearling Taylor Drayton and cow Emily Ballesteros of the Army West Point softball team earned postseason honors from the Patriot League, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon. Drayton earned her second first team honors in as many years, while Ballesteros was named to the second team for the second year in a row.
Drayton improved upon an impressive rookie campaign by either matching or surpassing her totals from 2018 in nearly every offensive category. The Clayton, N.C., native was the Black Knights' most explosive weapon at the plate, finishing in the top 3 in every offensive statistic. She accumulated a .287 average (43-for-150) with eight doubles, six home runs, 30 runs scored and 27 RBI. The yearling outfielder added 14 walks and was hit by five pitches while going a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts.
Ballesteros produced her third 40-hit season, hitting .286 with 20 runs scored and 19 RBI. The Chino Hills, Calif., native added two doubles and a home run while drawing 15 walks and was hit by eight pitches. She tallied six multi-hit games and three in which she drove in multiple RBI. Ballesteros was one of Army's most consistent hitters, contributing two hitting streaks of 11 games or more. She blasted her first collegiate grand slam in the series finale at Boston University on April 28. Read more.