KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Park University softball members Brooke Kunkel, Shelby Bendure, Katie Carr, Olivia Atkinson, Mallory Land, Justice Scales and Sarah Rothe were named to the 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes team, announced Wednesday (May 31). 

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

A senior from Platte City, Missouri, Kunkel played shortstop for the Pirates' defense. She appeared in 41 games and made 39 starts for Park. Kunkel had 79 putouts and 78 assists at shortstop for the Pirates' defense. She had 41 hits, 21 RBI's, seven doubles and a batting average of .320 for the Pirates' offense this season.

Bendure split time in the circle and being a designated hitter for Park this season. In the circle, she pitched 129.1 innings, striking out 40 batters and got nine wins for the Pirates' defense. Bendure had 29 hits, 26 RBI's, four doubles, two homeruns and a batting average of .276 for the Pirates' offense this season.

Carr has been holding down the first baseline for the Pirates' defense this season. She appeared in 41 games and started in 39 games for Park. She had a total of 322 putouts and 10 assists at first base. At the plate Carr, had 39 hits, 22 RBI's, 10 doubles, one homerun and a batting average of .298.

Atkinson pitched some and played in the outfield this season for Park. She appeared in the circle three times, striking out six batters and getting one win in the circle. In the outfield, Atkinson played in 12 games and had five putouts and three assists.

Land held down the third base for the Pirates' defense, having 37 putouts and 79 assists. She appeared in 41 games and making 39 starts for Park. At the plate Land had a total 64 hits, 45 RBI's, 19 doubles, four homeruns and a batting average of .485.

Scales played in the outfield for the Pirates this season. She had 37 putouts and five assists this season from the outfield. Scales appeared in 38 games and making 36 starts for Park. She had a total of 34 hits, 19 RBI's, five doubles, three trips and a batting average of .327 for Parks' offense this season.

Rothe held down home plate for Park this season. She appeared in 37 games and making 35 starts for the Pirates. Rothe had a total of 100 putouts and 19 assists for Park's defense. At the plate, she had total of 32 hits, nine RBI's, seven doubles, two homeruns and a batting average of .302 for the Pirates' offense.

The Pirates finished the season in the American Midwest Conference Championship at the final site in Henderson, Tennessee. Park fell to No. 24 ranked Williams Baptist College in the elimination game.  

To view the entire Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team for the 2017 Softball season, visit www.naia.org