Baker and Cook Claim Honorable Mention All-SAC Softball Honors


ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Catawba’s Allie Baker and Kaylee Cook have been named honorable mention on the 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Softball Teams. Carson-Newman’s Lacie Rinus was the Player of the Year, while Emily Kenley from Lenoir-Rhyne was named the Pitcher of the Year.  In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kylee Leonhardt was named Freshman of the year and Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Shena Hollar was tabbed the Coach of the Year. It was announced by the SAC office on Wednesday.

Baker, a freshman, earned her nod as an outfielder, while Cook, a sophomore, was the utility selection. Baker is hitting .327 in her initial season. She has made 34 starts over 39 games with nine RBI and 22 runs scored. Cook saw time in the outfield and in the circle. She tops the team with a .343 average, collecting six doubles and 11 RBI. She saw action in seven games as a pitch with five strikeouts in 11 innings.
Rinus, a sophomore pitcher/outfielder from Murfreesboro, Tenn., excelled in the circle and at the plate this season, as one of the league’s top pitchers and top hitters. She finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in batting with a .450 average, was first in hits with 68 and first in doubles with 19. As a pitcher, she led the league in strikeouts with 200, was No. 2 in wins with 19 and had the fifth best earned run average, posting a 2.12 ERA. A Fast Pitch News Preseason All-American, Rinus earned SAC AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week honors and she was named Tennessee Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week this season.
Kenley, a junior left-handed pitcher from Charlotte, N.C., led the SAC in both wins and ERA, posting a record of 21-3 in the circle with a 1.45 ERA. She threw 19 complete games with five shutouts and had 106 strikeouts. Kenley was named SAC AstroTurf Pitcher of the Year three times this season and is one of 25 finalists for the Schutt/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year.
Leonhardt, a catcher from Lincolnton, N.C., played in 43 games this season, batting .376 with 14 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI. She ranks fifth in the conference in doubles and sixth in runs batted in. She had 16 multi-hit games and she drove in at least one run in 21 games this season.
Hollar earns her seventh South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honor after guiding her Bears to their sixth SAC regular season championship in the last eight years.  The No. 7 Bears finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 42-7, including a SAC record of 19-1.  Hollar’s squad led the SAC in batting average (.328) and ERA (1.66). She also had five SAC AstroTurf Player/Pitchers of the Week.
The SAC Softball Awards will be presented at the 2018 SAC Softball Championship at the AU Softball Complex on the campus of Anderson University on Friday, April 27, between games three and four. Catawba faces Coker at 3 pm in its first game on Friday.
2018 SAC Softball All-Conference
All-SAC First Team
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Meghan Majeski, Anderson
OF – Delaney Guerrero, Tusculum
1B – Maria Williamson, Coker
2B – Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Natalie Willis, Newberry
3B – Talon LaClair, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP – Haley Simonds, Newberry
UTL – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
C – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Emily Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Christine Crver, Coker
All-SAC Second Team
OF – Haley Caldwell, Carson-Newman
OF – Sara Ingoldsby, Queens
OF – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Kylee Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B – Madison Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Madison Carter, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B –  Breanna Hagerty, Anderson
DP – Aubrey Reep, Wingate
UTL – Kelsie Hocutt, Lincoln Memorial
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
P – Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne
Honorable Mentions
OF – Taylor Battle, Tusculum
OF – Savannah Moorefield, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Allie Baker, Catawba
1B – Kelly Winter, Queens
2B – Sydney Ditto, Queens
SS – Ragan Broome, Mars Hill
3B – Katie Pritchett, Carson-Newman
DP – Christiana Marasa, Mars Hill
UTL – Kaylee Cook, Catawba
C – Jordan Hunt, Queens
P – Harlie Duncan, Anderson
P – Courtney Pearson, Queens
Freshman of the Year: Kylee Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player of the Year: Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
Pitcher of the Year: Emily Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach of the Year: Shena Hollar, Lenoir-Rhyne

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