Junior Amanda Janes was among an elite few, receiving a 2019 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball All-Conference first team honour this week.
The Simon Fraser University softball catcher led the team’s post-season awards, one of three players named to the GNAC All-Conference squad. Sophomores Kate Fergusson and Alex Ogg were given second team nods.
This was Janes' first-career selection to the All-GNAC team. She started all 39 games behind the plate for SFU this season and played an instrumental role in leading the team defensively.
The native of Brampton, Ont. recorded 97 putouts, 32 assists and a .977 fielding percentage. She led the GNAC in the caught-stealing category, throwing out 18 baserunners on 38 steal attempts.
Offensively, Janes had a team-high six home runs and 30 RBI and was second on the team with a .521 slugging percentage. Her 0.77 RBIs per game average puts her sixth in the league. Overall, Janes had 33 hits, including six doubles and two triples, scored 10 runs and drew 13 walks.
Fergusson was an honourable mention in 2018 as a rookie. In 35 games for the Clan this season, the sophomore posted a .364 batting average with 44 hits, 14 RBI as well as scored 23 runs. She averaged 1.26 hits per game, which was eighth best in the GNAC, and added six stolen bases on eight attempts. The Vancouver native started at first base and in the outfield, totalling 181 putouts. Additionally, she was involved in turning eight of the team's 17 double plays.
Fellow sophomore Alex Ogg earned her first All-GNAC selection to the second team following a stellar offensive season. She led SFU with 60 hits in 131 at bats and had 17 RBI along with 23 runs scored. The Surrey native also had a team-high .458 batting average, .542 slugging percentage and 15 stolen bases. She is second in the league for batting average and hits per game (1.54), third in stolen bases per game (0.38) and fifth in on-base percentage (.478). At third base, Ogg tallied 33 putouts, 66 assists and had a .943 fielding percentage.
Beyond their on-field accomplishments, both Janes and Fergusson are members of the 2019 GNAC Softball All-Academic Team. Janes maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.56 (on a 4.0 scale) in Hhealth sciences while Fergusson has a 3.28 CGPA in the same faculty.
Simon Fraser finished the 2019 season with a 9-30 overall record, 4-24 in conference games.