Two Viking Softball Players Earn All-Conference Honors

Posted May 5, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (May 5, 2014)-  Two members of the Missouri Valley College softball team have been recognized for their play during the 2014 season by being named to the Heart of America Conference all-conference team.

Two Vikings were named to the second team all-conference including Senior Infielder Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) and Freshman Infielder Kaya Naiwi (Nanakuli, Hawaii).  Mochizuki led the Vikings with a .368 batting average during the season. She also tied with Naiwi for the most hits (32). Naiwi finished the season with a .364 batting average during season and recorded the team high (19) RBI's. In addition to her second team selection,

Mochizuki was honored as a Gold Glove winner for her defensive play at second base during the season.  Mochizuki had a .955 fielding percentage on the year, helping turn three double-plays while committing just four errors in 26 games played.

"Both Kayla and Kaya are very deserving of this recognition," said Head Softball Coach Daniel Allen.  "Kayla wrapped up a successful career with our program and Kaya is just beginning hers, and both have been a positive impact on the team."

The Vikings finished the season with a 5-27 record.


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