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Gibault grad caps record softball career at Bradley

Kelly Kapp, a former standout at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast Regional First Team. She holds school records for hits, batting average and stolen bases.
Kelly Kapp, a former standout at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast Regional First Team. She holds school records for hits, batting average and stolen bases. Bradley Athletics

Kelly Kapp, a senior outfielder at Bradley University and former Gibault Catholic High School standout, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-Mideast Regional team.

Kapp was earned third-team distinction last year.

Also an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, she was selected as Bradley’s team MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player for the third consecutive year. She led the MVC with a school-record .438 batting average.

Kapp broke her own school season record with 78 hits — eighth in the NCAA nationally this spring — and is one of just three players in MVC history with 76 or more hits in two different seasons.

She also has stolen 41 bases this season, making her the single-season and career record holder.

Her .407 career batting average is the top mark in MVC history, and she also broke into the top 20 in league history in career runs. Kapp reached base safely in all but five games.

She was joined by teammate Caitlyn McCarron and third-team selection Maria Schroeder, the Braves’ catcher, on the All-NFCA Mideast Region Team.

Bradley (21-32, 7-19) was the only MVC team with two first-team, all-region selections. The Braves’ total of three honorees was second in the MVC only to co-champion Illinois State’s four selections.

Kapp joins Madeline Lynch-Crumrine as the only two-time NFCA All-Region choices in program history.

The last time Bradley had a first-team, all-region selection was 2013. This is the first time in program history that the Braves had two first-team, all-region picks.

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