May 6, 2014 > Kakela caps off career with Player of the Week award
Kakela caps off career with Player of the Week award
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Cal State East BayÕs Chelsie Kakela has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Softball Player of the Week for the week of Apr. 21-27. Kakela led the Pioneers to a 3-1 mark on the weekend of April 26-27, over Chico State to wrap up 2014 season in fifth place, the best finish since joining the CCAA.
Over the final three at bats of her collegiate career the senior slugger hit a 3-run homer, double, and solo homer in leading Cal State East Bay to its first .500 season record in CCAA play. All six of her base hits in the series went for extra bases including a pair of two homer contests to bookend the series with the Wildcats.
Kakela posted a slash line of .600/.714/2.000 and reached base safely in 10 of her 14 trips to the plate. Her final swing vaulted her into a tie for the league lead with 11 homers and was enough to make her the CCAA regular season slugging champion with a .833 slugging percentage. On average she hit a home run once every 8.2 at bats against league pitchers in 2014.
She finished conference play with CCAA top 10 marks of 24 runs scored (5th), 31 RBI (5th), 75 total bases (4th), 15 walks (7th), seven times hit by a pitch (3rd), 11 homers (1st), a .491 on base percentage (5th) and slugging percentage (1st). Her .367 batting average was 11th best among CCAA qualifiers.
Cal State East Bay (27-26, 18-18 CCAA) earned its highest finish taking fifth place in the final league standings. Kakela was one of four seniors to finish her collegiate career this past weekend along with Meli Sanchez, Mandy Dale, and Shaunna Purkey.