FOREST, Va. – In a release by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) office, the Bridgewater Eagles softball team had five players named to the All-ODAC team following voting conducted among the conference coaches. Senior Sarah Heretick led the way for the Eagles with the program's lone first team selection.
Heretick was named to the first team as a designated player after turning in a stellar senior season for the Eagles. Junior third baseman Melanie Lamb earned a second-team nod while pitcher Heather Jenkins, centerfielder Morgan Williams and right fielder Aven Thomas each picked up selections to the third team.
Heretick set new single-season personal highs in nearly every offensive category after a solid regular season for the Eagles. The Chester, Va. native owned a team-leading .481 on-base percentage during conference play, drawing a team-best 12 walks along the way. Heretick blasted two home runs and drove in seven runs in ODAC action as well. On the year, the senior hit at a .307 clip from the middle of the Bridgewater lineup. For Heretick, the all-ODAC honor is the first of her career.
Lamb turned in an outstanding junior season during her first year at the hot corner to earn All-ODAC second team honors. The junior scored a team-high 21 runs in league play and hit at a .375 average with 19 RBI against conference foes. On the year, Lamb was second in the league in RBI with 42 while the Ruckersville, Va. native belted four homers and pounded out 51 hits in 45 games of action. During the course of the year, Lamb reached base safely in 23 consecutive games and turned in a 13-game hitting streak along the way. The all-conference honor for Lamb is the first of her career.
Junior pitcher Heather Jenkins turned in a stellar season in the circle for the Eagles, en route to earning third-team honors. Jenkins ranked in the top five in four conference-only pitching categories, with her eight complete games ranking second in the league. Over the course of the season, Jenkins posted a 1.36 ERA and tallied seven shutouts, both of which rank her atop the ODAC. For Jenkins, the honor is the second of her career following a second-team selection last season.
Williams had an outstanding season in conference play and parlayed her efforts into a third-team selection. The Richmond, Va. native led the Eagles in conference play with a .383 batting average from the bottom of the lineup. Williams ranked fourth on the team in hits in league play with 18, while driving in 14 runs. On the year, Williams blasted two homers and drove in 20 runs to help lead the Eagles to a 33-12 overall record. The all-ODAC honor is the first of Williams' career.
Finally, Thomas exploded in conference play, belting three long balls against league opponents to earn third-team All-ODAC honors. The Harrisonburg, Va. native drove in 21 runs in conference action, good enough for fourth in the league. Aside from her offensive numbers, Thomas was also outstanding as a pitcher, recording four wins in ODAC action. On the year, Thomas pounded out three triples and owned a 2.41 ERA in the circle. For Thomas, the all-conference selection is the second of her career after earning second-team honors as a freshman in 2010.
The Eagles own a 33-12 overall record in 2012 and now await the announcement of the 2012 NCAA Regional Selections on Sunday, May 6. The selection show will occur the next day on Monday, May 7 at NCAA.com.
2012 ALL-ODAC SOFTBALL TEAMS
ODAC Player of the Year: Tori Higginbotham, So., OF, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Pitcher of the Year: Kristina Karagiorgis, Fr., Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Co-Coach of the Year: Brandon Elliott, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Co-Coach of the Year: Mike Mitchell, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Co-Rookie of the Year: Kelly Higbie, Fr., P, Roanoke
ODAC Co-Rookie of the Year: Kristina Karagiorgis, Fr., P, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Alea Bier, Jr., 1st Base, Roanoke
ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Pitcher: Kelly Higbie, Fr., Roanoke
Pitcher: Kristina Karagiorgis, Fr., Virginia Wesleyan
Catcher: Felice Lowery, Sr., Roanoke
First Base: Alea Bier, Jr., Roanoke
Second Base: Kelly Keys, So., Virginia Wesleyan
Third Base: Brianna Bertovich, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan
Shortstop: Ashley Gardner, Jr., Randolph
Outfield: Tori Higginbotham, So., Virginia Wesleyan
Outfield: Leona Rainey, Jr., Roanoke
Outfield: Hollee Warlitner, Jr., Roanoke
Designated Player: Sarah Heretick, Sr., Bridgewater
Utility: Jaclyn Quinn, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Pitcher: MacKenzie Creech, So., Virginia Wesleyan
Pitcher: Heather Lewis, Jr., Randolph-Macon
Catcher: Laura Bauer, Sr., Randolph-Macon
First Base: Sarah Cutright, Jr., Guilford
Second Base: Cynthia Hayes, So., Guilford
Third Base: Melanie Lamb, Jr., Bridgewater
Shortstop: Taylor Walker, Sr., Lynchburg
Outfield: Jessi Hall, Fr., Roanoke
Outfield: Lauren Stevenson, Jr., Randolph
Outfield: Melanie Tenney, So., Lynchburg
Designated Player: Gina Pagano, Sr., Randolph
Utility: Lisa Lee, Sr., Eastern Mennonite
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Pitcher: Heather Jenkins, Jr., Bridgewater
Pitcher: Hope Johnson, Fr., Lynchburg
Catcher: Rasheeda Crews, Sr., Eastern Mennonite
First Base: Sara Jenkins, Jr., Eastern Mennonite
Second Base: Courtney Allman, Jr., Eastern Mennonite
Third Base: Katherine Kouri, Sr., Roanoke
Shortstop: Brooke Hensley, So., Eastern Mennonite
Outfield: Rhea Schleicher, Fr., Roanoke
Outfield: Amanda Sopko, Fr., Randolph-Macon
Outfield: Morgan Williams, Jr., Bridgewater
Designated Player: Carolyn Gilbertson, So., Randolph-Macon
Utility: Aven Thomas, Jr., Bridgewater