WATERVILLE, Maine – Five members of the Castleton University softball team were named to the 2018 North Atlantic Conference Softball All-Conference Teams on Monday morning.
Following a slow start to the year, Carone bounced back, catching fire and playing a crucial role in leading Castleton to a place in the NAC Championship. The senior outfielder and catcher appeared in all but one of Castleton's games, batting .384 with 33 hits and 12 RBI. Once reaching base, she presented a threat on the base paths, stealing nine bases and scoring 18 runs out of the leadoff spot.
A sophomore transfer, Van Gorden made an impact from her first at-bat, tallying a team-high in base hits (36), batting average (.400) and slugging percentage (.611). The Spartan shortstop had her fair share of extra-base hits, recording nine doubles, two triples and two home runs. In Castleton's extra-inning win against Thomas in the nightcap of the season doubleheader, Van Gorden hit the game-winning RBI double, driving in none other than her All-NAC first team partner Carone. Most recently, she was named to the 2018 NAC Championship All-Tournament Team.
Sara Baker and Tori Swaine were extremely valuable out of the three and four spots in the lineup, respectively, all season for Castleton. The former cracked a team-leading 10 doubles as part of her 31 hits, helping her to a .383/.468/.407 slash line. Striking out just eight times in 28 games played, Baker was a force to be reckoned with at the dish.
As for Swaine, the junior infielder notched 28 hits and appeared in 26 games for the Spartans. Going back-and-forth with the team-lead all season, Swaine maintained a solid .378 average at the plate while slugging at a .608 clip – second on the squad. The Oakdale, N.Y. native – who was also named to the NAC Sportsmanship Team – sent the opposing offering over the fence on four occasions to pace the team in long balls. Meanwhile, in the field, Swaine recorded 154 putouts and five assists in 164 total chances for a .970 fielding percentage.
Acting as a dominating presence in the circle during the entire season, Paquette appeared in 26 games and tossed 122.1 innings, recording a 2.86 ERA. Going the distance in all but one start, the Addison, Vt. native notched 13 complete games. During conference play, Paquette was even more impressive going 6-3. She also lowered her ERA down to 1.84 and raised her K/7 to 4.97. Wrapping up a long list of achievements during her career, which includes 29 wins – fourth all-time, she was named to the 2018 NAC Championship All-Tournament team.
Castleton will open the 2019 slate with its inaugural season as a member of the Little East Conference.
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