Softball

 

Three Tabbed to ODAC Softball Teams

FOREST, Va. – Bridgewater College senior pitcher Heather Jenkins was named to the first team to lead three selections for the Eagles softball team to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) all-conference teams announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

Jenkins was named to the first team while third baseman Melanie Lamb earned a spot on the second team and right fielder Aven Thomas was tabbed to the third team.

Following a season when the senior hurler set new Bridgewater records for career shutouts and career complete games, Jenkins was one of two pitchers named to the All-ODAC first team. The recognition for Jenkins is the third of her career and the first time she was named to the league's top unit. Jenkins owned a 14-7 record during the season and wrapped up the year with a 1.29 ERA which ranked the Locust Grove, Va. native second in the conference. The senior also ranked second in the league with her 19 complete games and four shutouts. Jenkins wrapped up her career with 51 victories which ranks her second in the career record books.    

Lamb turned in an outstanding senior season to wrap up a stellar four-year career with the Eagles. The Ruckersville, Va. native ranked in the top 10 in the league in five different categories, including owning the league's fourth-best slugging percentage (.747) and the fourth-best on-base percentage (.509). Lamb blasted seven homers during the course of the year to finish up her career with 20 long balls to rank in fifth in the career record books. The honor marks the second-straight season she was named to the All-ODAC second team. Lamb was also named to the ODAC all-tournament team after turning in a tremendous effort at the league's championship tournament.

Finally, Thomas posted a strong senior season in conference play to earn the third All-ODAC accolade of her career. Thomas blasted five home runs in league play and hit at a .339 clip against conference foes to help lead Bridgewater to a 24-18 overall record and a berth in the conference tournament. On the year, Thomas belted nine doubles and drove in 23 runs while also owning seven wins in the circle.

Virginia Wesleyan College outfielder Tori Higginbotham and righty MacKenzie Creech headline the 2013 ODAC Softball All-Conference Awards as the Marlins' duo was named the ODAC Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.  Lynchburg College mentor Dawn Simmons was tabbed the ODAC Coach of the Year, while Shenandoah University outfielder Kimberly Brady picked up ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades.  Roanoke College first baseman Alea Bier received the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award in a vote of the league's sports information directors.

Bridgewater rounded out the 2013 season with a 24-18 overall record.

 

2013 ALL-ODAC SOFTBALL TEAMS
ODAC Player of the Year:
Tori Higginbotham, Jr., OF, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Pitcher of the Year: MacKenzie Creech, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Coach of the Year: Dawn Simmons, Lynchburg
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Kimberly Brady, Fr., OF, Shenandoah
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Alea Bier, Sr., 1B, Roanoke

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Pitcher:
MacKenzie Creech, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
Pitcher: Heather Jenkins, Sr., Bridgewater
Catcher: Madison Gilman, Fr., Randolph-Macon
First Base: Alea Bier, Sr., Roanoke
Second Base: Kelly Keys, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
Third Base: Hannah Bays, Fr., Emory & Henry
Shortstop: Sharese Jarvis, So., Randolph-Macon
Outfield: Kimberly Brady, Fr., Shenandoah
Outfield: Tori Higginbotham, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
Outfield: Leona Rainey, Sr., Roanoke
Designated Player: Cassie Phillips, Jr., Lynchburg
Utility: Courtney Allman, Sr., Eastern Mennonite

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Pitcher:
Kelly Higbie, So., Roanoke
Pitcher: Heather Lewis, Sr., Randolph-Macon
Catcher: Ashley Ebersole, Sr., Emory & Henry
First Base: Season Dailey, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
Second Base: Cynthia Hayes, Jr., Guilford
Third Base: Melanie Lamb, Sr., Bridgewater
Shortstop: Brooke Hensley, Jr., Eastern Mennonite
Outfield: Jenna Best, Fr., Randolph-Macon
Outfield: Courtney Bogan, Fr., Virginia Wesleyan
Outfield: Molly Smith, Jr., Eastern Mennonite
Designated Player: Lindsey Inzana, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
Utility: Stephanie Clark, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Pitcher:
Stephanie Cameron, Jr., Shenandoah
Pitcher: Hope Johnson, So., Lynchburg
Catcher: Taylor Galvin, Fr., Virginia Wesleyan
First Base: Lauren McCabe, Sr., Shenandoah
Second Base: Melanie Tenney, Jr., Lynchburg
Third Base: Cheyenne Cash, Fr., Eastern Mennonite
Shortstop: Andrea Shannon, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
Outfield: Aven Thomas, Sr., Bridgewater
Outfield: Jessi Hall, So., Lynchburg
Outfield: Brooke Sigrist, So., Eastern Mennonite
Designated Player: Angelia Miller, Fr., Eastern Mennonite
Utility: Kristina Karagiorgis, So., Virginia Wesleyan