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Peters named Horizon League Player of the Year

GREEN BAY – The Horizon League recently announced the 2022 Softball League Awards.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was represented in all but one category, with seven different Phoenix garnering awards.

After finishing the regular season at the top of the Horizon League leaderboards in batting average (.398), slugging percentage (.815), on-base percentage (.519), OPS (1.334) and walks (24), Alicia Peters was named the Horizon League Player of the Year.

Peters is the first in program history to receive the award.

The graduate transfer from Buffalo had one of the best seasons in program history, breaking the single-season record for home runs with 12.

The record was previously set by Danielle Peerenboom’s 10 homers in 2010.

Peters, Jadin Justman and Tiffany Giese were tabbed All-League First-Team.

Justman, Green Bay’s sophomore second basemen, finished the regular season third on the squad in batting average (.355) while knocking in a team-high 33 runs.

She totaled 74 bases, good for second-highest on the team.

Justman finished the season top five in batting average, slugging percentage (.597), on-base percentage (.418), OPS (1.015) and RBI.

Giese, a senior outfielder, hit .377, the second-best mark in the league.

The Huntley, Illinois, native drew 16 walks.

Giese was also 24-of-26 on stolen bases, shattering the Green Bay single-season and career stolen bases records.

Peters, Justman, and Giese mark the first trio of Green Bay players to be tabbed first-team since Miranda Reinke, Marissa Michalkiewicz and Briana Cavin did so in 2014.

Becca Edwards and Samantha Saloun were named to the All-League Second-Team.

Edwards, the primary first baseman, hit .267 and had an on-base percentage of .388.

She appeared in 43 of the team’s 47 games while making 40 starts.

Saloun started all 47 games behind the dish while hitting .303 and driving in 26 runs.

She tied with Justman for seven home runs, the second-highest mark on the team.

Edwards and Saloun are the first duo to garner second-team awards since Abby Brinkmeier and Allie Taylor did so in 2017.

Brittany Baneck, a Green Bay Preble graduate, was named second-team as a pitcher.

She recorded a 3.39 ERA in 28 appearances and 19 starts.

Baneck struck out 125 batters and walked 45 in a team-high 124 innings worked.

Opponents hit .249 off her.

Abby Gawlinski was tabbed to the All-Freshman Team, posting a team-leading 2.84 ERA after making 19 appearances and 15 starts.

Gawlinski went the distance in six of her 15 starts and recorded one shutout.

She surrendered 33 earned runs in 81.1 innings worked.

Her 2.84 ERA was the sixth-lowest in the Horizon League.

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