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Fitzgerald Garners USA South Second Team Nod

Fitzgerald Garners USA South Second Team Nod

ROME, Ga.—First-year KayLeigh Fitzgerald (Dalton, Ga.) was the lone Scottie represented on the 2019 USA South Conference Softball Awards list as released by the conference on Thursday morning. Fitzgerald, who transformed into a dominant force for the Scotties down the stretch, was named as an at-large nod on the USA South West Division second team.

Fitzgerald was one of the prime factors in an improved Scottie offense that relied more on the deep ball than in any season of recent memory. The rookie catcher knocked four balls out of the park, a team-high, all of which came over the final half of the season.

After a slow start at the plate, Fitzgerald's place in the middle of the lineup was cemented by the time conference play was getting into thanks in part to a torrid stretch that saw her hit safely in 12 of 14 games to end the season. That stretch included a nine-game hit streak, which was the longest in recent program history. The two-week streak earned the catcher USA South Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending April 7.

Fitzgerald was also an important piece behind the plate, throwing out a conference-leading 11 base stealers.

She finished the season with team-best marks in average (.352), hits (31), home runs (4), doubles (5), on-base percentage (.406) and slugging (.545). Fitzgerald also finished second on the team in RBI with 15.

Pfeiffer University's Vada Blue Sherrill was named Player of the Year, Maryville College's Katlyn Smith was named Pitcher of the Year, Salem College's Brianne Coleman was named Rookie of the Year, Averett's Hannah Thompson was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year and N.C. Wesleyan College's John Brackett collected Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the softball coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The first team all-conference and individual award voting are completed by all coaches.

Junior Alexei Young (McDonough, Ga.) was the team's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team.




First Team All-Conference
1B - Hannah Hoban, Piedmont
2B - Taylor Campbell, Maryville
3B - Brianne Coleman, Salem
SS - Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer
C - Alexus Murray, Maryville
DP - Miranda Barker, Salem
Util - Annie Nolan, Huntingdon
OF - Mariann Kennison, Piedmont
OF - Allyson Loy, Greensboro
OF - Candice Smith, William Peace
P - Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan
P - Katlyn Smith, Maryville
At-Large - Madison Hunt, Huntingdon
At-Large - Hannah Thompson, Averett


First Team East Division Second Team East Division First Team West Division Second Team West Division
1B - Bryona Knight, N.C. Wesleyan
2B - Makenzie Pennell, Pfeiffer
3B - Brianne Coleman, Salem
SS - Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer
C - Sara Brown, Pfeiffer
DP - Miranda Barker, Salem
Util - Summer Phillips, N.C. Wesleyan
OF - Hannah Ivester, N.C. Wesleyan
OF - Allyson Loy, Greensboro
OF - Candice Smith, William Peace
P - Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan
P - Kiana Millsaps, Pfeiffer
At-Large - Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett
At-Large - Hannah Thompson, Averett
1B - Kristen Bailly, William Peace
2B - Brittany Morton, Salem
3B - Samantha Jacobs, Methodist
SS - Amanda Dacunto, Salem
C - Kayla Molivas, N.C. Wesleyan
DP - Madison Cash, Mary Baldwin
Util - Kristina Mojica, William Peace
OF - Jordan Miller, Mary Baldwin
OF - Erin Rankin, Averett
OF - Jasmine Worthy, Greensboro
P - Sarah Gundlach, Meredith
P - Maddy Wetherholt, Greensboro
At-Large - Bryce Smith, Meredith
At-Large - Hanna Stackhouse, Greensboro
1B - Hannah Hoban, Piedmont
2B - Taylor Campbell, Maryville
3B - Emily White, Brevard
SS - Taylor Long, LaGrange
C - Alexus Murray, Maryville
DP - Mari Cook, Brevard
Util - Annie Nolan, Huntingdon
OF - Reid Ballard, Maryville 
OF - Mariann Kennison, Piedmont
OF - Brittany Todd, LaGrange
P - Melissa Eckman, Piedmont
P - Katlyn Smith, Maryville
At-Large - Madison Hunt, Huntingdon
At-Large - Audreonna Lindsey, Berea
1B - Sarah Gordon, Maryville
2B - TK Sauls, Piedmont
3B - Ashley Spencer, Berea
SS - Alyssa Singleterry, Huntingdon
C - Faith Manning, Covenant
DP - Kara Winchester, Berea
Util - Kaylee White, Piedmont
OF - Rayne Ellis, Huntingdon
OF - Ashton Hayden, Maryville 
OF - Rebekah Stegmayer, Piedmont
P - Micayla McCoy, Brevard
P - Lauren Melton, Huntingdon
At-Large - KayLeigh Fitzgerald, Agnes Scott
At-Large - Madison Perryman, Huntingdon


Alexei Young, Agnes Scott
Taylor Hodges, Averett
Hallie Mattingly, Berea
Brittany Franks, Brevard
Cassee Wood, Covenant
Daisy Martin, Greensboro
Ashley Carroll, Huntingdon
Sydney Hodorff, LaGrange
Kayley Turner, Mary Baldwin
Taylor Campbell, Maryville
Madison Hamilton, Meredith
Bethany Junker, Methodist
Meredith Smith, N.C. Wesleyan
Sara Brown, Pfeiffer
Taylor Brown, Piedmont
Stephanie Galioto, Salem
Alexia Rivera, Wesleyan
Liliana Berber, William Peace