BIG SPRING –Hawk softball sophomore Elizabeth Torres has recently been named the NJCAA Division I Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year for the 2013 season while her teammate Micherie Koria was tabbed with the Golden Shoe award for the most stolen bases in the season.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Diamond Sports announced the winners of the awards in August but held the recognition ceremony earlier this month.

Torres, from Palmdale, CA, was previously recognized as a 2nd Team All American for her freshman season and was named to the WJCAC All Conference First Team and Region V All Region First Team.

“Liz is a coach’s dream,” said Kelly Raines, Hawk softball head coach who was also nabbed as the WJCAC Coach of the Year. “She did an amazing job for us as our catcher in her freshman season. She has matured as a player and continued to improve and I know she will be a real leader for our team this year.”

Torres batted .500 in her 2013 season, compiling 23 home runs and 96 RBIs. She crossed the plate 66 times during the season in 208 at-bats.

She ranked No 2 in NJCAA Division I in RBIs, fifth in home runs, sixth in batting average and fifth in total bases with 184.

Koria, from Santee, CA, not only set the record for Howard College in her final season with the Hawks churning out 66 stolen bases, but also had the most in the nation.

“Micherie battled back through injuries and just gave her heart and soul every time she stepped on the field,” said Raines. “We knew if we could get her on base we always had a good chance of moving her around with her speed and tremendous knowledge of base running.”

Koria graduated from Howard College after the 2013 season and has moved on to play softball for Angelo State University.

Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher from a NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II, and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II, and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.

A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective award.

Torres will be leading the ladies of Hawk Softball back on the field this spring in her sophomore season as catcher for the Hawks. 

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