Langley's Tori Belton was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference newcomer of the year after a stellar first season pitching for the SFU Clan women's softball team.

Langley pair earn accolades with Clan softball

Langley's Tori Belton named conference newcomer of the year while Nicole Ratel honourable mention as all-star

Tori Belton made an immediate impact in her first season with the SFU Clan softball team, earning league honours.

Belton, a right-handed pitcher from Langley, was named the Newcomer of the Year for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday.

She transferred from Douglas College and went 10-10 on the mound with 53 strikeouts. Belton also set a team record with seven saves, which also led the GNAC and tied for third overall among all NCAA Division II schools.

“Tori has been a welcome addition to our team, both with her performance in the pitching circle and her team approach off the field,” said Clan head coach Mike Renney.

“She had a number of strong starts on the mound and had a tremendous impact coming out of the bullpen in save situations.”

And another Langley player for the Clan, Nicole Ratel, earned an honourable mention for conference all-star.

Langley’s Ratel was one of the top batters in the conference, capping her SFU career by playing her best when it mattered most. During the Clan’s final home stand when a conference post-season berth was on the line, she went 8 of 12 at the plate with 8 RBIs and 4 home runs. Ratel led the team with a .402 batting average which ranked eighth in the GNAC.

She was third in the GNAC in slugging percent (.697), first in on-base percent (.512), third in RBI (48), sixth in home runs (10) and second in walks (32).

Ratel is fourth all-time for the Clan in home runs (17), and 13th in RBI (87).

The Clan went 26-24 but did not qualify for the post-season.

 

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