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Minooka’s Doyle caps U-M career with All-Big Ten season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It’s been a busy post-season for former Minooka High School softball standout Lyndsay Doyle.

Doyle, who recently finished her career at University of Michigan, has been racking up honors since the Wolverines’ season ended.

Doyle recently wrapped up an outstanding career with her best season, earning a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team. She also took a spot on the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region second team after batting .369 with an on-base percentage of .394, and had career highs in hits (83) and steals (13).

“Being named All-Big Ten was pretty nice,” Doyle said. “I just wanted to go out there my last year and leave it all on the field and whatever awards came, came. I am so happy to have just been part of the Michigan tradition. I had a great coaching staff, great teammates and it is a great program. I am just thankful for the chance to play for them.”

Doyle was a four-year starter in Michigan’s outfield, helping the Maize and Blue to four consecutive Big Ten titles, three NCAA Regional crowns (2012-14), and one appearance in the Women’s College World Series (2013). In her freshman season, she started six games in left field and 41 in right before finding a home in right field for all of her sophomore season. Her junior and senior years were spent as the starter in center.

Doyle finished her career with the eighth-most runs scored in U-M history (171) and recently graduated with her B.S. in kinesiology and movement science. Her home run-saving catch against Arizona State on May 18 clinched Michigan’s 2014 Regional title and was the ESPN SportsCenter “Best of the Best” play for several days.

“That was crazy,” Doyle said about making the SportsCenter Best of the Best play. “I couldn’t believe it was me when I was watching it. I mean, I was up there with some pretty big names. It’s still hard to believe it’s me that made that catch.”

On Feb. 9 against Illinois State, Doyle, who finished her career with a .329 batting average for the Wolverines, etched her name in the school record book by tying the previous mark of five hits in a game. She also had a team-best and career-high 15-game hitting streak this season in addition to amassing 26 multi-hit games. She was only thrown out trying to steal once each year in her career, finishing with 35 steals in 39 attempts. Her hitting was similarly consistent, hitting .336 as a freshman, .295 as a sophomore, .303 as a junior and .369 as a senior.

In addition, she earned the university’s Ernest T. Sigler Award as the best female student-athlete from the Chicago area by the U-M Club of Greater Chicago. The award is named after Ernest T. Sigler, who served as the executive director of the U-M Club of Greater Chicago for 35 years. She joins sisters Samantha (2005) and Angela Findlay (2010) of Lockport as winners of that award from the softball program. Both Findlay sisters went on to play for the Chicago Bandits, but that’s not an option for Doyle.

“I am done with softball,” she said. “Maybe I will play in a rec league, some slow-pitch or something. I enjoyed my time playing in college, but it’s time to be done. I still have nursing school that I want to go through.”

While she was at Minooka, Doyle, who also played basketball for the Indians, was named three times to the All-Southwest Prairie Conference softball team, including her senior year when she batted .579.

“I have nothing but great memories from playing in Minooka,” she said. “[Coaches] Amy Saelens and Mark Brown, they supported every player to be their best. The thing that stuck with me from playing for them was that they taught us to always have fun. They never let us forget that it’s just a game and to have fun doing it. I remembered that all the way through college.”

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