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
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference 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 Olive, North 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.