Martin Earns Spot on Preseason All-SAC Softball Team


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- After suffering through an 11-win season a year ago, Catawba’s softball team has nowhere to go but up, picked last in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference's 2018 preseason softball coaches poll. Utility player Taylor Martin earned a spot on the preseason All-SAC second team. Carson-Newman was chosen as the preseason favorite, edging out Lenoir-Rhyne.

Martin hit .307 over 45 games for the Lady Indians in 2017. The sophomore made starts at third base, shortstop, left field and right field last season. She scored 16 runs, drove in nine and swiped six bases.
The South Atlantic Conference softball season gets underway on Thursday, Feb. 1. Catawba opens its season with a home doubleheader against Augusta on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 pm. The 2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship will take place April 26-April 29 at Anderson University’s Softball Complex.

2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball Preseason Poll
1. Carson-Newman (6), 106
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (4), 102
3. Coker (1), 87
4. Newberry, 78
5.  Anderson, 76
6. Wingate, 71
7. Tusculum, 52
8. Lincoln Memorial, 48
9. Queens, 42
10. Mars Hill, 29
11. Catawba, 24
2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball
Preseason All-Conference
1st Team
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate
OF – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Maria Williamson, Coker
2B  - Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B – Casey Stanek, Mars Hill
DP – Haley Simonds, Newberry
UTL – Mindy North, Coker
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
P – Taylor Forehand, Coker
2nd Team
OF – Sammie West, Tusculum
OF – Elaina Frantellizzi, Queens
OF – Cacey Simmons, Coker
1B – Emily Hester, Tusculum
2B – Natalie Willis, Newberry
SS – Taylor Johnson, Tusculum
3B – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP – Taylor Wells, Wingate
UTL – Taylor Martin, Catawba
C – Kara Lynne Levi, Carson-Newman
P – Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Emily Marchbanks, Newberry

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