Blankenship, Tanski earn NFCA All-Region honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Harding softball team had two players named National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region on May 12. Chelsea Blankenship was named to the first team and Lily Tanski was named to the second team.

Blankenship and Tanski join Autumn Humes (2017) and Peyton Mills (2016-19) as the only Harding players to be named to the team.

Chelsea Blankenship, a freshman from Haslet, Texas, leads the team with a .365 batting average. She has recorded 50 hits, 12 doubles and three home runs. She leads the Great American Conference in triples with three. Blankenship also leads the team with 16 multiple hit games this season.

Lily Tanski, a sophomore from Tuscaloosa, Ala., leads the GAC with a 1.63 ERA. She also leads the league in opponent batting average (.203) and wins with 21. This season, Tanski has 18 complete games and eight shutouts.

The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s eight regions with first and second-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2021 NFCA Division II All-America squads.