Rachel Comoglio and Jennifer Berlet helped make Lewis Cass’ softball program a Class 2A state power. They batted first and second, respectively, on the Kings’ 2006 state championship team and Berlet batted leadoff on their 2008 title team.
They have been impact players in college too.
Comoglio recently put the wraps on a successful career at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., while Berlet enjoyed a strong sophomore season at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich.
Comoglio helped Olivet win the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and advance to the NAIA national tournament. The Tigers finished 56-15 overall and 17-1 in league play.
Comoglio, the Tigers’ cleanup hitter, played in all 71 games and batted .400 with nine home runs, three triples, 23 doubles, 76 RBI and 76 runs scored. In addition, she drew 25 walks and was hit by a pitch a whopping 25 times, leading to a .502 on-base percentage.
The Tiger senior stole 27 bases in 27 attempts.
Comoglio received first-team All-CCAC and honorable mention NAIA All-American accolades.
Comoglio’s career totals include 34 home runs.
Berlet, meanwhile, put together an outstanding campaign at Hillsdale College, an NCAA Division II school. She ranked second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a .421 batting average. She closed the season on a 12-game hitting streak, batting .578 in those games.
Hillsdale finished 16-28 overall and 7-19 in league play.
Berlet cracked a team-high 59 hits, 13 of which went for extra bases (10 doubles, three homers). Impressively, she struck out just six times in 140 at-bats. She drove in 23 runs and scored 35 runs.
Berlet was steady in the field too, committing only four errors in 44 starts at first base.
She received second-team NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region and honorable mention All-GLIAC notice.
The following are looks at other Kokomo-area products in the college softball ranks.
NCAA division I
• Elizabeth Wagner (Kokomo) drew 45 starts in her freshman season at Morehead State. She finished with a .229 batting average and a .314 on-base percentage. She cracked four doubles and one homer, drove in 16 runs and scored 14 runs.
In the pitcher’s circle, Wagner had a 1-0 record and a 1.31 ERA following 51⁄3 innings of work over six relief appearances.
NCAA division III
• Brianne Weeks (Taylor) helped DePauw put together an outstanding season that included a tie for fifth place at the NCAA D-III national tournament. The Tigers finished 40-9 overall and 15-1 in the Southern College Athletic Conference.
Weeks came up big in a regional final, going 3-for-3 with a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to lift Wabash to a 5-4 victory over Ohio Northern. She earned all-regional accolades.
Weeks, a junior shortstop, made 47 starts and batted .247 with 38 runs scored and 17 runs batted in. She received honorable mention all-conference notice.
• Addy King (Tipton) helped Manchester go 23-20-1 overall and 9-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. She started 43 games. She batted just .095, but was a steady defensive presence in the middle infield.
• Kaitlyn Dubois (Kokomo) was right in the middle of Bethel’s success, which included a 48-9-1 overall record and an Elite Eight appearance in the NAIA national tournament.
Bethel finished 12-4 in the Mid-Central Conference, then won the league’s tournament to earn a spot in the NAIA nationals. Dubois led the way as Bethel went a perfect 3-0 in pool play at nationals. In Bethel’s opener, she cracked a game-winning grand slam in a 5-1 victory over Morningside College. In Bethel’s third game, she hit a three-run homer in a 3-1 victory over Lubbock Christian.
Dubois, a junior second baseman, played in 50 games, returning from an injury to play in the postseason. She batted .367, drove in 43 runs and scored 37 runs. She belted nine home runs, three triples and seven doubles.
• Brittany Camp (Kokomo) helped Marian win the Mid-Central Conference’s regular-season championship. The Knights finished 16-0 in league play and 42-6 overall.
Camp drew 24 starts and appeared in 31 games overall. The sophomore batted .282 with six extra-base hits, 10 runs batted in and nine runs scored.
• Allison Greene (Peru) drew 23 starts and appeared in 27 games overall in her freshman season at Huntington. She batted .161.
The Foresters finished 21-21 overall and 10-6 in the Mid-Central Conference.
• Kate Toney (Kokomo) played on a powerhouse Kankakee Community College squad that finished as the NJCAA Division II national runner-up. The Cavaliers finished 61-7 overall.
Toney, a sophomore first baseman and outfielder, played in 57 games. She posted a .344 batting average and a .390 on-base percentage. She belted 11 extra-base hits, including three homers and seven doubles, drove in 39 runs and scored 35 runs.
Toney had a .983 fielding percentage.
• Western products Alisha Davenport and Brittani Snyder played at Ancilla College, which had a 14-35 record in 2010. Snyder, a sophomore outfielder, saw action in 24 games and batted .279. Davenport, a sophomore first baseman, played in 22 games and batted .200.