MISHAWAKA — Natalie Newell, a Goshen High School graduate and Bethel College junior, has been named Crossroads League softball pitcher of the year for the third consecutive season.
She led all NAIA pitchers in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.07 and placed third in total strikeouts with 251. She went 18-5 with a 1.01 earned run average.
Nationally, Newell ranks in the in the top 10 in five statistical categories and led the Crossroads in ERA, opponents' batting average, innings pitched, batters struck out per game, total strikeouts, hits allowed per game, runs allowed, earned runs allowed and wins.
In the Bethel softball record book, Newell took over first place in career strikeouts with 753 and moves into second place for strikeouts in a season behind the mark she posted in 2013.