Clarksville, Ark.-Leigh Thompson and Shannon Rainbolt earned a spot on the list of the 2003 softball All-American Southwest Conference and division postseason award winners selected by the league coaches and announced today by ASC media relations director Amy Carlton.
Thompson, a senior third baseman from Harrison, and Rainbolt, a sophomore left fielder from Vilonia, represent Ozarks on the 16-player All-ASC squad. Both Thompson and Rainbolt were also selected to the ASC All-East Division First Team while junior Amanda Luney was named to the All-East Division Second Team and junior Jamie Johnson earned Honorable Mention All-East Division. Thompson started in all 38 games for the Lady Eagles and finished third on the team in batting (.302) while leading the squad in RBI (22). She ranked second on the team in hits (35), doubles (6) and at-bats (116) and third in total bases (41). Thompson, a two-time All-ASC performer, was one of only two third basemen to earn All-ASC honors this year. Rainbolt started in all 38 games for Ozarks and led the team in batting (.360), hits (45), total bases (49), on-base percentage (.416), stolen bases (7) and at-bats (125). Rainbolt ranked second on the squad in slugging percentage (.392), RBI (21) and runs (20). Rainbolt recorded a .986 fielding percentage while committing only one error. Rainbolt, who was one of only five outfielders named to the All-ASC team this year, was an Honorable Mention All-East Division performer last season. Luney, a right-handed pitcher from Siloam Springs, led the team with 34 strikeouts in 114 innings of work. Luney had a 4.34 ERA in 19 games started and ended the year with nine wins. Luney was an Honorable Mention All-East Division performer last season. Johnson, a shortstop from Lamar, started in all 38 for Ozarks and batted .292 while collecting 13 RBI. Johnson led the squad in runs (23), slugging percentage (.407) and triples (4). Johnson finished second on the team in on-base percentage (.375) and total bases (46) and third in hits (33), doubles (5) and at-bats (113). "These girls were very deserving of the conference honors they received," said head coach Jon Janssen. "This shows that the other coaches recognize our kids as being some of top players in the conference and gives us the line of respect of what kind of program we are trying to get started here. The honors are a definite plus, and gives us a jumpstart for next season." The Lady Eagles finished the season with a 17-21 overall record.