2017 Conference Carolinas Softball All-Conference and Major Awards Announced

HIGH POINT, N.C. – For the second straight season, the Limestone College duo of Caroline Hill and Josie Weber have earned the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Makenzie Pennell of Pfeiffer University earns the Falcons their second straight Freshman of the Year, while Pfeiffer point man Monte Sherrill the Coach of the Year, the Conference announced today.

Hill, a senior for Inman, S.C., picked up her second straight Player of the Year after taking home last year’s award in her first season in the league. This season, she posted the highest batting average in conference play with an even .500 while tying for the most homeruns with six. Hill amassed a whopping .966 slugging percentage on the year while tallying 27 RBI to rank second in the conference. Hill also led the league in extra base hits (14) and total bases (56).

Weber, a junior from Stanley, N.C., turned in her second Pitcher of the Year honor in the same number of years. She posted a 0.92 ERA in league play, the lowest in the conference and her lowest in her collegiate career. Weber threw for 61 total innings, turning in a 9-1 record on the season. Weber tossed eight complete games while only allowing eight earned runs on her way to five shutout victories. 

Pennell, a freshman from Taylorsville, N.C., etched her name in the record books in her rookie campaign at Pfeiffer and now holds the single season record for RBI in a season with 54. In 44 regular season games, the third basemen led the league in RBI and ranked in the top five in: home runs (10), runs (40), hits (60), total bases (102), batting average (.426), on base percentage (.459) and slugging percentage (.723). 

Sherrill guided the Falcons to a program-record 40 wins in 2017 and had Pfeiffer ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation. In his second year at the helm, Sherrill helped capture the Falcons first regular season championship since the 2000 season and only the program’s third regular season crown since 1990. Sherrill is Pfeiffer’s first Coach of the Year winner in the fast pitch era (1990-current) and has amassed a 79-21 record in his two seasons.

 

All-Conference Carolinas First Team

1B - Kay Brokering, King

2B - Sydney Smith, Erskine

3B - Makenzie Pennell, Pfeiffer

SS - Tessa Faucette, Limestone

DP - Sydney Grimes, Erskine

UTL - Sierra Hearp, Barton

C - Anna Ingram, Mount Olive

C - Rachel Crowder, Pfeiffer

OF - Caroline Hill, Limestone

OF - Balie Maybry, Limestone

OF - Chandler Walker, Pfeiffer

P - Josie Weber, Limestone

P - Amanda Coffrin, North Greenville

P - Courtney Smith, Limestone

 

All-Conference Carolinas Second Team

1B - Kiana Millsaps, Pfeiffer

2B - Elizabeth Aguilar, Converse

3B - Megan Johnson, North Greenville

SS - Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer

DP - Morgan Roach, North Greenville

UTL - Erin Roper, King

C - Macie Parker, Limestone

C - Olivia Lawson, King

OF - Sara Sweatt, Southern Wesleyan

OF - Hannah Riddle, King

OF - Kaycee Casteel, King

P - Caitlin Christian, Pfeiffer

P - Emma Hughes, King

P - Brooklyn Fort, North Greenville

 

Player of the Year

Caroline Hill, Limestone


Pitcher of the Year

Josie Weber, Limestone College


Freshman of the Year

Makenzie Pennell, Pfeiffer University


Coach of the Year

Monte Sherrill, Pfeiffer University

 

Regular Season Softball Champion

Pfeiffer University

 


Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athleticconference made up of 12 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount OliveNorth Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA DII membership process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.