By Tim Glon
ADA — Junior Kirsten Lightel (Tallmadge) was named Third Team All-Central Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for the 2017 softball season.
Lightel is also a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and has been named First Team All-OAC for the second time in her career.
The junior led the OAC in three major pitching categories as she posted a 1.01 ERA, 14 victories in the circle and led the conference with 128 K's.
Lightel is Northern's all-time career strikeout leader with 370, career ERA leader at 1.51 and ranks second all-time at ONU with 46 career victories as a pitcher.
The Polar Bears posted a 25-13 overall record in 2017 and finished 9-9 in the OAC under first year head coach Jackie Mangola.