Softball Picked Fourth in SAC Preseason Poll


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba placed two players on the 2017 South Atlantic Conference preseason softball team and was picked fourth in the preseason coaches’ poll.  Lenoir-Rhyne garnered nine of the first place votes as the preseason favorite.

Senior outfield Kristen Stinnard was a preseason first team all-league selection.  Stinnard led Catawba in hitting last season with a .364 average.  She scored 28 runs and drove in 20 while stealing 15 bases.

Senior Katherine Shumaker was a second team pick at the designated player position.  Shumaker battled through injuries last season to bat .294 with nine doubles and a pair of homers.  She drove in 21 runs.

The South Atlantic Conference softball season gets underway on Wednesday, Feb. 1 with the 2017 SAC Championship taking place April 27-April 30 at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C.  Catawba gets its season started on Feb. 4 as the Lady Indians take on Augusta and West Georgia in Augusta, Ga.

SAC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (9), 130
2. Carson-Newman (3), 117
3. Wingate, 109
4. CATAWBA, 93
5. Anderson, 91
6. Lincoln Memorial, 90
7. Newberry, 68
8. Queens, 66
9. Mars Hill, 52
10. Coker, 47
11. Tusculum, 43
12. Brevard, 19

2017 Softball Preseason All-SAC
1st Team
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Christina Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Kristen Stinnard, Catawba
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B  - Madison Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Madison Carter, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Misty Doran, Wingate
DP – Taylor Lail, Mars Hill
UTL – Katie McLaurin, Wingate
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Allison Webster, Carson-Newman
P – Augie Pena, Anderson

2nd Team
OF – Christina Linton, Newberry
OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate
OF – Riley Morris, Coker
1B – Ashton Whitaker, Queens
2B – Taylor Barcomb, Coker
SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B – Casey Stanek, Mars Hill
DP – Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
UTL – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Rachel Weidner, Wingate
P – Lauren Rudesheim, Anderson

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