A pair of freshmen highlight the 2018 All-Iowa Conference Softball Team for Buena Vista as Carlee Guyett was named a First Team catcher while Kate Lesmeister landed Second Team utility recognition. Junior Autumn Boland wraps up her career with an Honorable Mention selection at second base.
Guyett was among the most dangerous and consistent leadoff hitters in all of the conference this season. She finished league play first in hits (28), at-bats (63), tied for second in batting average (.444), tied for third in doubles (5), fourth in RBI (14), and seventh in on-base percentage (.478). She tallied at least one base hit in all 16 conference games, including eight multi-hit contests. She went 4-for-4 with a double during BVU's game one victory over regular season champion, Coe College, while driving in four runs during game one against Nebraska Wesleyan. Defensively, she made just one error in 78 total chances and threw out three attempted base stealers.
Overall this season, Guyett recorded 17 doubles which set a new single-season school record. Her .466 average in all games was the fifth-highest single-season mark in program history. It's the fifth straight year in which the team has landed at least one First Team All-IIAC selection.
Lesmeister also had a solid start to her collegiate career. She began the year as the team's starting third baseman before settling into the designated player role midway through. She proved to be a threat with the bat throughout conference play, hitting .356 with a pair of doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI. She also scored eight times. She went 2-for-3 with a big home run and three RBI during the team's victory over Coe in game one of their doubleheader. She had a pair of three-hit contests and finished with five multi-hit games against IIAC foes.
Boland, who still had a year of eligibilty remaining but is graduating in just three years, was a Second Team selection as a freshman in 2016. She wraps up her career with a season in 2018 where she hit .280 during league play with four doubles, a pair of home runs and eight RBI. She was also reliable with the glove, making just four errors in nearly 70 total chances.
The three individuals helped Buena Vista finish the year at 21-15 overall (6-10 IIAC).