Two Cowley softball players named 1st team All-Americans … and they’re both freshmen


Big postseason honors today out of Ark City, as Cowley CC freshman outfielder Laura Seeman and freshman 2B Haley Strawn were both named first-team NJCAA Division II All-Americans – capping a big year in which the Tigers won the Jayhawk East and finished 4th at the NJCAA D2 Tournament.

Strawn, who I wrote a feature about last month, led Cowley in batting (.505), home runs (20), doubles (29), hits (107), runs scored (82), total bases (196) and slugging percentage (.925). She also recorded a .991 fielding percentage in her first year playing second base – her natural position is shortstop. Cowley coach Ed Hargrove moved her to second after another player quit before the season.

Seeman, a Maize product, led Cowley in on base percentage (.551) and was second in home runs (15), runs scored (64), total bases (148) and slugging percentage (.846). She also was third on the team in hits (88) and RBIs (67).

The big question now, and I suppose this is a good problem to have, is if Hargrove will still move Strawn back to shortstop like he said he planned to.

Highland pitcher Zuzana Kudernatschova and Independence 1B Heather Lanphear were also first-team picks out of the Jayhawk.