Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius junior pitcher Derrick Capiak (Williamstown, NJ/ Williamstown) and softball senior center-fielder Jalisa Westover (Flinton, PA/ Faith Tabernacle) both received high honors on Tuesday as Capiak was selected the AMCC Preseason Pitcher of the Year, while Westover was named the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year. The AMCC selections of Preseason Pitcher of the Year and Preseason Player of the Year are both first-time honors for Mount Aloysius College.
Capiak, a First-Team All Conference selection in 2013, ranked 8th in NCAA Division III in wins (10) and 13th in strikeouts (89) in 2013. He led the league in five pitching categories including opponents’ batting average (.203), innings pitched (85), batters struck out looking (32), wins (10), and games started (12). With an overall record of 10-2, Capiak helped lead the Mounties to a program-record of 26 wins a season ago.
The baseball team was picked to finish second overall in the preseason poll. The Mounties finished at third place in last year’s AMCC regular season at 10-6 and swept Penn State Altoona in the first round of the playoffs before falling just short of reaching the AMCC Championship game. Coach Kevin Kime‘s team earned one first-place vote and finished behind La Roche and in front of Penn State Behrend in the poll. Those two teams met in last year’s championship game with Behrend taking the AMCC Title.
On the softball side, Westover and the Mounties were selected third in the preseason coaches’ poll. Westover, a First-Team All Conference selection in 2013, led the AMCC in hits (62) and total bases (84) as a junior. She hit .443 and scored 33 runs in addition to 33 RBI’s. Westover was co-MVP as a sophomore.
The Mounties, who finished 10-8 in the conference and 26-13 overall in 2013, came in behind defending champion Penn State Altoona and Pitt-Bradford in the poll.
Coach Carl Teeter‘s squad is primed for another deep playoff run with the likes of Westover and returning all-conference players Lindsy Sammarco (Patton, PA/Bishop Carroll) at third base, Danielle Hart (State College, PA/State College) in the outfield and ace pitcher Kelsey Ickes (Claysburg, PA/Claysburg ) along with a deep and talented group of young players.