Huntingdon softball earns top three GSAC honors for second straight year

Huntingdon softball earns top three GSAC honors for second straight year

ATLANTA – The Huntingdon softball team earned three of the Great South Athletic Conference's top awards for a second consecutive year.

With the release of the GSAC All-Conference awards, senior catcher Brittany Richardson was named Player of the Year, senior Melissa McClure was named Pitcher of the Year and head coach Gynger Williams was named Coach of the Year. A total of 14 Huntingdon players were recognized as either All-Conference, All-Freshmen, All-Academic or for Sportsmanship.

This is McClure's first selection as Pitcher of the Year, but the third straight season a Huntingdon Pitcher has been named Pitcher of the Year. Entering the GSAC tournament, McClure led the conference in wins (13) and ERA (1.88) and was fifth in strikeouts (81) this season. She also pitched three shutouts and two no-hitters, including a perfect game this season. Through the end of the regular season, McClure had 47 career wins and 326 strikeouts.

Richardson's selection as Player of the Year helped mark a successful comeback from an injury that cut short her junior season. Entering the conference tournament, Richardson was batting .484 with six home runs, 10 doubles, 23 RBIs, 31 runs 11 stolen bases and a .779 slugging percentage. As a catcher, she has thrown out 10 base runners and has not committed an error this season.

For Williams, this is her second straight Coach of the Year honor. Through the end of the regular season, Williams had a 116-84-1 record in five seasons at Huntingdon and a 69-21 record against conference opponents. The Lady Hawks posted a 16-0 conference record this season to win the regular season championship.

McClure and Richardson are two of five Huntingdon players named to the All-Conference team. Joining the two seniors are infielders Lauren Welch and Ashlee Zachmeyer and outfielder Jenna Rimensnyder.

Welch, a junior and two-time All-Conference pick, batted .337 with four home runs, 25 RBIs and 25 runs during the regular season. Zachmeyer, who was also named to the All-Freshman team, batted .407 with 10 doubles, 19 RBIs and 13 runs in 27 regular-season games. Entering the tournament, Rimensnyder was batting .333 with 21 runs, 15 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Zachmeyer was one of two Lady Hawks named to the All-Freshman team, along with Halleigh DiNicholas. DiNicholas finished the regular season with a .487 batting average, five home runs, 17 RBIs, 16 runs and a .949 slugging percentage in 19 games.

A total of 10 Huntingdon players were chosen to the All-Academic team. The All-Academic selections are Gabby Alcantar, Katelyn Atkins, Kaetlen Brown, McClure, Holly Ostrander, Kari Ranczka, Jade Reynolds, Richardson, Rimensnyder and Anna Stephens. Senior Chasity Ward was Huntingdon's Sportsmanship Award winner.



2013 GSAC Softball Awards

Pitcher of the Year: Melissa McClure, Huntingdon

Player of the Year: Brittany Richardson, Huntingdon

Freshman of the Year: Kristen Rose, Finlandia 

Coach of the Year: Gynger Williams, Huntingdon



All-Conference Pitchers

Melissa McClure, Huntingdon

Casey Arnold, Agnes Scott

Alyson Herman, Finlandia

Tia Nelson, Pine Manor


All-Conference Catchers

Brittany Richardson, Huntingdon

 Jenni Jobe, Covenant


All-Conference Infielders

Lauren Welch, Huntingdon

Shivani Ghodadra, Agnes Scott

Kierston Garner, Salem

Adrianna Osuna, Finlandia

Avi Greene, Agnes Scott

Ashlee Zachmeyer, Huntingdon

Chardonai Rose, Pine Manor


All-Conference Outfielders

Kristen Rose, Finlandia

Melanie Ennis, Agnes Scott

Kristi Morton, Salem

Jenna Rimensnyder, Huntingdon

Aimee McKibbin, Agnes Scott


All-Conference Utility

Kayla Kennedy, Salem

Morgan Lane, Covenant



2013 All-Freshman Team

Kristen Rose, Finlandia 

Ashlee Zachmeyer, Huntingdon

Kierston Garner, Salem

Chardonai Rose, Pine Manor

Casey Arnold, Agnes Scott

Morgan Lane, Covenant

Halleigh DiNicholas, Huntingdon

Allie Watkins, Salem

Sybil Lynch, Pine Manor

Karson Chapman, Salem


2013 GSAC Softball All-Academic Team

(Full team has not been released by GSAC. Huntingdon's selections are listed below)

Gabby Alcantar

Katelyn Atkins

Kaetlen Brown

Melissa McClure

Holly Ostrander

Kari Ranczka

Jade Reynolds

Brittany Richardson

Jenna Rimensnyder

Anna Stephens


2013 GSAC Sportsmanship Award

(Full team has not been released by GSAC. Huntingdon's winner is listed below)

Chasity Ward