The most successful conference season in Big Sky softball history has been rewarded accordingly.
Weber State junior outfielder Takesha Saltern was named the conference’s Player of the Year and Mary Kay Amicone claimed Coach of the Year honors, the Big Sky announced Tuesday.
Saltern led the league in batting average and the Wildcats claimed a 14-2 record during conference play — an .875 winning percentage that represents an all-time best in the Big Sky.
Saltern also became an All-Big Sky first-team selection for the third time.
Those awards headlined a haul in which Weber State claimed four first-team honorees, one second-team nod and a Freshman of the Year winner in second baseman Faith Hoe.
Saltern, a native of Smithfield, Utah, hit .413 and stole 19 bases, both league bests. She was also second in the Big Sky in on-base percentage (.487) and runs scored (38).
Amicone previously won coach of the year honors in 2015 when Weber State made its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Her Wildcats clinched this year’s regular-season title with one week left if conference action.
In addition to Saltern, third baseman Chloe Camarero, outfielder Landi Hawker and pitcher Addie Jensen were first-team selections.
Camarero, a sophomore, led the Big Sky in runs batted in (39). Hawker, a junior, was top-10 in on-base percentage (.415) and in fielding percentage (.981).
Jensen, a senior pitcher, made her mark in her only year with the Wildcats by recovering from offseason injury to post second-best Big Sky marks in ERA (2.45) and opposing batting average (.225) while also posting a league-best three saves.
In addition to Freshman of the Year honors, Faith Hoe was also named to the Big Sky second team. She hit .345 in her first college season (10th in the Big Sky) and carried an on-base percentage of .448 (fourth).
Catcher Lauren Hoe, first baseman Ashlyn Visser and shortstop Sydney White all garnered honorable-mention nods.
Jensen is the only senior of the eight All-Big Sky selections for Weber State.
Sacramento State’s Savanna Corr (2.23 ERA) was named Pitcher of the Year, Idaho State’s Autumn Pease was named co-Freshman of the Year with Faith Hoe, and Montana’s Cami Sellers was named Newcomer of the Year to round out the individual awards.
The Wildcats look to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 as the Big Sky Tournament begins Wednesday in Sacramento, California. WSU’s first-round game is scheduled for 3 p.m. MDT against the winner of Sacramento State and Portland State played earlier in the day.