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Dakota Wesleyan's Alyssa Burke picked to all-GPAC softball first team in 2022

The Tigers finished the season with a 15-29 overall record

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Dakota Wesleyan's Alyssa Burke, left, talks with coach Derek Lien prior to an at-bat during Game 2 of a home doubleheader against Hastings College on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at McWhirter Field.
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MITCHELL – Dakota Wesleyan softball standout Alyssa Burke was among the first-team selections made to the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference softball list, announced Thursday, May 12 by the conference.

Burke, a sophomore outfielder from Rapid City, led the team in multiple categories, with her 31 stolen bases not only leading the team in that category, but the entire GPAC, as the sophomore broke the school record for career stolen bases. She also led the team in batting average (.371), hits (59) and at-bats (159).

Burke is the first DWU softball player to earn all-GPAC first team honors since Hailey Unger and Savannah Ahumada were picked in 2016. She was one of six Tigers to finish the season batting over .300 with at least 10 at-bats, joined by (Adriana Thomason (.339), Nora Nelson (.337), McKinnely Mull (.331), Aubrey Garbarek (.312) and Reagan Grossi (.303).

Mull, a freshman infielder and native of Vernal, Utah, was a second-team selection, while Thomason, a senior outfielder from Las Vegas, Nevada, landed on the honorable mention list.

The Tigers finished the season on a three-game winning streak, prevailing over Briar Cliff and Dordt twice to finish the season with a 15-29 overall record and a 7-15 record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference to finish 10th overall in the conference.

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Over the 44 games of the 2022 season, the Tigers had a .286 batting average, a .344 on-base percentage and a .406 slugging percentage. They also racked up 186 runs and hit 22 home runs as a team.

Mull led the team with 36 RBI, while she and Tava Boone both hit six home runs to tie for the team lead.

The DWU pitching staff ended with 6.54 team earned-run average, led by junior Meghan Daffern’s 5.27 ERA. She and Boone handled the bulk of the pitching, with Daffern throwing 109 innings while Boone led the team with 111.2 innings pitched.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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