Conference Carolinas Announces All-Conference Softball Honors



High Point, N.C.> Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams were determined by vote from each softball head coach of participating league institutions.  Nominations are collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Conference First Team, and All-Conference Second Team.  Awards were presented at the Conference Carolinas softball team banquet at the Conference Tournament Championships hosted by The City of Burlington at Springwood Park, in Burlington, NC.  This year’s award winners are as follows:


Player of the Year:

Whitney Britt, Queens

Whitney Britt had a sensational sophomore campaign for the Royals, posting a conference leading batting average of .440 along with eight home runs. Britt led the Royals with 55 hits, 44 runs scored, and six stolen bases, and was a defensive star for the Royals in the offense. Britt powered the Royals to a 13-7 record in conference play, and a nine game winning streak to end the season.

Pitcher of the Year:

Hannah Light, King

Hannah Light may have started slow, but she has won eight straight contests to end the regular season with a record of 22-13. In conference play, the junior led the leaue with 12 wins, against just two losses to go along with a 1.27 ERA. The junior led the league in wins (22), complete games (29), shutouts (5), innings pitched (247.2) and strikeouts at 207. As of April 14, Light ranked third in the country with 21 wins and ninth with 203 strikeouts.


Freshman of the Year:

Kaitlyn Bodine, Queens

Kaitlyn Bodine burst on the scene for the Royals this season, and was a force from both the circle and the plate. Bodine starred in relief for the Royals pitching staff, where she compiled a 2.77 ERA in 73 innings pitched. Bodine padded those numbers with a team high nine wins and two saves, that propelled the Royals to a 13-7 record in conference play, and a nine game winning streak to end the season. As a hitter Bodine was just as impressive with a .357 batting average with three home runs.


Coach of the Year:

Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham, Mount Olive

Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham wins Conference Carolinas Softball Coach of the Year for the second straight year and third time in her career. Kylis-Higginbotham led the Trojans to a No. 8 ranking in the NCAA II Southeast Region Top 10 Poll, an overall .700 winning percentage during the regular season and a second place tie in the conference standings. Mount Olive has had one of its best-ever offensive seasons, leading the conference in runs scored, ranking second in home runs and third in team batting average.


Conference Carolinas Regular Season Champions

King University


All-Conference First Team:

All-Conference Second Team:

Kaitlyn Cheek, Queens, 1st Base


Beth Overman, Mount Olive, 1st Base


Hannah Jackson, Pfeiffer, 2nd Base


Katie Moore, Mount Olive, 2nd Base

Cassie Ringstaff, King, 3rd Base


Kalie Smith, Mount Olive, 3rd Base


Christina Melcher, King, SS


Kimberly Robertson, North Greenville, SS


Tiffany Hawley, Mount Olive, DP


Dallas Heaton, Limestone, DP


Larissa Shannon, Erskine, UT


Sarah Armstrong, North Greenville, UT


Erika Hansen, Limestone, Catcher

Ashlyn Hicks, Erskine, Catcher


Amy Nagel, North Greenville, Catcher


Fallon Thomas, King, Catcher

Sarah Rountree, Coker, Outfield


Sydney Weatherford, Coker, Outfield


Savannah Becker, Mount Olive, Outfield


Kirstyn Burleson, Limestone, Outfield

Whitney Britt, Queens, Outfield


Marielena Santos, North Greenville, Outfield


Hannah Light, King, Pitcher


Carly White, Mount Olive, Pitcher

Kelsey Spurrier, Erskine, Pitcher

Leah Quant, Limestone, Pitcher


Rachel Glazebrook, North Greenville, Pitcher

Kaitlyn Bodine, Queens, Pitcher