A look at Empire college softball stars

Lynsey Keith: MidAmerica Nazarene University (Maria Carrillo) — The shortstop was among the NAIA national leaders in runs scored and assists. On the season, the senior led MidAmerica Nazarene in batting at .362 and in extra base hits including seven home runs. A three-time All-Heart of America Athletic Conference selection, Keith led MidAmerica Nazarene to the NAIA national tournament this season.

Shonna Christianson: California Lutheran University (Rancho Cotate) — A three-year starter, Christianson was 5-4 with six complete games and a pair of shutouts. The junior also is a two-way player, batting .265 with a steady outfield glove. Christianson made All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a sophomore for CLU, which is an NAIA program.

Sydney Phillips: University of Bridgeport (Analy) — The junior catcher hit .322, good for second on the team. Phillips led Bridgeport in extra base hits — including six home runs — and with 32 RBI. Bridgeport plays in the East Coast Conference, an NCAA Division II program.

Keeley Ray: Sonoma State (Sonoma Valley) — Getting spot duty for perennial NCAA contender Sonoma State, the junior batted .333 with seven RBI and six stolen bases. Ray played at MidAmerica Nazarene University before transferring to Santa Rosa Junior College, where she was an All-Big 8 Conference outfielder.

Haily MacDonald: Academy of Art University (Ursuline) — The junior outfielder was among team leaders batting .351 and topped Academy of Art with 39 runs scored, adding eight stolen bases. As a sophomore MacDonald was an All-Pacific West Conference pick. MacDonald also has pitched for Academy of Art, throwing seven complete games and three shutouts as a freshman.

Nicole Ochoa: Holy Names (Analy) — Ochoa led Holy Names in wins, innings pitched and earned run average. Holy Names competes in the Pacific West Conference, an NCAA Division II conference.

— Michael Coit, The Press Democrat