KANSAS CITY -- Recent Siena Heights graduate Ashley Helmink was among the 60 student-athletes named to the 2019 NAIA All-America teams that were announced by the national office this afternoon. Helmink was one of the 20 best NAIA softball players on the All-America first team.
Helmink led the Saints in At-Bats (173), Runs (63), Hits (80) doubles (25), triples (9), home runs (10), runs batted in (60), and batting average (.462) among hitters with more than 10 at-bats. She broke single-season records for runs, 2B, 3B, and RBIs. Her .462 batting average is the second-highest season total in program history as are her 80 hits and her 10 home runs for 2019. For her career, she is second in batting average (.413), tied for 6th in home runs (16) and triples (10), 6th in doubles (39), and 8th in runs (101).
The North Ridgeville, Ohio native is the lone representative in the state of Michigan and is the only member from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) to be named All-American.
The second baseman adds this honor to a phenomenal season in which she accumulated several awards including 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team, NFCA All-Region, Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, WHAC Player of the Year, first team All-WHAC, All-WHAC defensive, and Academic All-WHAC.
For a complete list of the 2019 NAIA Softball All-America Teams click here.