Broome named to preseason All-SAC Second Team

Broome named to preseason All-SAC Second Team

ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – Lenoir-Rhyne has been chosen first in the South Atlantic Conference's 2019 preseason softball poll, the league office announced today. The head coaches gave the Bears 10 first-place votes and a total of 110 points.

Coker grabbed the No. 2 slot with 91 points, while reigning tournament champion Carson-Newman earned the final first-place vote for a total of 87 points and earned the No. 3 spot. Wingate placed fourth in the poll with 83 points and Anderson came in at No. 5 with 75 points. Queens landed at No. 6 with 69 points, followed by Newberry at No. 7 with 64 points. Lincoln Memorial's 45 points gave them the No. 8 spot and at No. 9 was Catawba with 32 points. Tusculum placed 10th with 31 points, while Mars Hill rounded out the poll with 28 points.

The South Atlantic Conference also announced its preseason All-South Atlantic Conference team. The first-team outfield positions consisted of Lenoir-Rhyne's Erin Boone, Meghan Majeski of Anderson, and Carson-Newman's Haley Caldwell.

The first-team infield was represented from right to left on the diamond, at first base was Maria Williamson of Coker, at second base was Ty-Kella Goins of Lincoln Memorial, at shortstop was Natalie Willis from Newberry, and at third base Talon LaClair from Lenoir-Rhyne. Also earning first team honors was Queens's Jordan Hunt at catcher.

In the pitcher's circle, Emily Kenley represented Lenoir-Rhyne on the first-team. She was joined by Christine Carver from Coker and 2018 SAC Player of the Year Lacie Rinus of Carson-Newman.

Haley Simonds of Newberry was voted the first-team designated player and Carson-Newman's Abby Fiessinger was voted the first-team utility player.

The South Atlantic Conference softball season gets underway on Friday, Feb. 1.  The 2019 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship will take place April 26-April 27 at Catawba's Whitley Softball Field.

2019 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Softball Poll

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total

 

Lenoir-Rhyne (10)

110

2.

Coker

91

3.

Carson-Newman

87

4.

Wingate (1)

83

 

Anderson

75

6.

Queens

69

7.

Newberry

64

8.

Lincoln Memorial

45

9.

Catawba

32

10.

Tusculum

31

11.

Mars Hill

28

2019 South Atlantic Conference Softball

Preseason All-Conference

1st Team

OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne

OF – Meghan Majeski, Anderson

OF – Haley Caldwell, Carson-Newman

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 – Jordan Hunt, Queens

P – Emily Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne

P – Christine Carver, Coker

P – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman

2nd Team

OF – Tori Caldwell, Newberry

OF – Sara Ingoldsby, Queens

OF – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial

1B – Kylee Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne

2B – Sydney Ditto, Queens

SS – Ragan Broome, Mars Hill

3B – Breanna Hagerty, Anderson

DP – Aubrey Reep, Wingate

UTL – Kelsie Hocutt, Lincoln Memorial

C – Taylor Wells, Wingate

P – Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne