SCAI recognizes academic all-stars


Alyssa Mumaw

Staff report

Four players and one team were recognized by the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana for their academic excellence.

The SCAI released its Team Academic All-State recipients and First Team and Honorable Mention Academic All-State honorees on Tuesday.

Mt. Vernon High School was one of 43 schools to earn team all-state honors. The Marauders had a team grade-point average of 3.519.

Four players from three different Hancock County schools were selected SCAI First Team Academic All-State.

Eastern Hancock was represented by Emma Bolding. Mt. Vernon’s Tori Jenson also earned all-state honors along with New Palestine’s Aglaia Rudd and Alyssa Mumaw.

All four not only starred in the classroom, but also on the softball. All four also will be playing at the collegiate level.

Bolding hit .427 in her senior season with the Royals and was also a SCAI 1A/2A second team all-state choice. In addition to one of the top batting averages on one of the top Class 2A teams in the state, Bolding had 11 home runs 36 RBIs, eight doubles and 31 runs scored. She will continue her academic and athletic career at Saginaw Valley State University, an NCAA Division II program in University Center, Mich.

Jenson pitched and played first base for the Marauders. As a pitcher, Jenson was 6-6 with a 3.28 earned run average. She had a home run, three RBIs and hit .231 on offense. She will play college ball and continue her academics at Calumet College of St. Joseph’s, an NAIA program in Whiting, Ind.

It’s the second time Rudd has been named first-team all-state. She earned that honor on the field, too, and will be playing in the upcoming North-South All-Star game. A senior catcher headed to NCAA Division I Purdue Fort Wayne, Rudd hit .573 and led her team with 55 hits. She had 14 doubles and a .916 slugging percentage.

Mumaw, New Palestine’s second baseman, hit .357 with nine doubles, six home runs and 36 RBIs. She will continue in the classroom and on the softball field at NCAA Division I University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.