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Messick recognized with release of All-Conference softball team

Senior pitcher Katy Messick was named honorable mention All-Conference. Messick is 11-6 this season with a 2.68 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings. She ranks third in the conference with 13 complete games, fourth in wins, fifth in strikeouts and sixth in ERA. (Photo by Wesley Lyle)
Senior pitcher Katy Messick was named honorable mention All-Conference. Messick is 11-6 this season with a 2.68 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings. She ranks third in the conference with 13 complete games, fourth in wins, fifth in strikeouts and sixth in ERA. (Photo by Wesley Lyle)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Huntingdon senior Katy Messick was recognized by the USA South Athletic Conference on Wednesday with the release of the All-Conference softball teams.

Messick was an honorable mention selection at pitcher.

Messick is 11-6 this season with a 2.68 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings. The Andalusia native ranks fourth in the conference in wins, fifth in strikeouts and sixth in ERA this season.

She is tied for third in the conference with 13 complete games this season, including complete-game shutouts against Covenant and Methodist. She has allowed one earned run or less in seven games this season and recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts against Meredith.

In its second season as a member of the USA South, Huntingdon finished the regular season with an 18-15 record. The Lady Hawks are the fifth seed entering this weekend's conference tournament in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Huntingdon opens the conference tournament on Friday against LaGrange at 8 a.m. Central.

Senior Gabby Alcantar was named to the USA South All-Sportsmanship team.

Averett's Taylor Dix and Mary Beth Smith were named Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. Piedmont's Jessica Bagwell was named Rookie of the Year and Ferrum's Courtney Rudd was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year.

The complete All-Conference awards are listed below.

 

USA South All-Conference Softball Awards

Player of the Year: Taylor Dix, Averett

Pitcher of the Year: Mary Beth Smith, Averett

Rookie of the Year: Jessica Bagwell, Piedmont   

Rookie Pitcher of the Year: Courtney Rudd, Ferrum

Coach of the Year: Bren Taylor, Averett

 

First Team

1B - Allyson Yeager, Greensboro
2B - Emily Dunford, Averett
3B - Abby Smith, Piedmont
SS - Taylor Dix, Averett
C - Alison Jiles, LaGrange
DP - Morgan Farmer, William Peace
Util - Amanda White, Meredith
OF - Samantha Hall, Averett
OF - Jessica Long, Averett
OF - Jackie Nicholson, Greensboro
P - Courtney Rudd, Ferrum
P - Mary Beth Smith, Averett

 

Second Team

1B - Lindsay Tippett, Methodist
2B - Danielle Newbern, LaGrange
3B - Jordan Brett, Covenant
SS - Sarah Connolly, Greensboro
C - Shay Poteat, William Peace
DP - Emily Barrs, LaGrange
Util - Jessica Bagwell, Piedmont
OF - Laura Carter, Piedmont
OF - Caitlyn Hogg, Maryville
OF - Lindsey Slover, Ferrum
P - Jessica Griffin, Averett
P - Sarah Walker, Piedmont

 

Honorable Mention

1B - Amber Coffin, Ferrum
1B - Dani Gravett, LaGrange
2B - Eran Artigues, Meredith
3B - Lindsey Wiggins, William Peace
SS - Brittany Manning, N.C. Wesleyan
SS - Whitney Wolfe, Piedmont
C - Ally Griffin, Methodist
DP - Amanda Roberts, Ferrum
Util - Jasmine Edgren, N.C. Wesleyan
OF - Kendra Hoes, N.C. Wesleyan
OF - Brittainy Rush, Greensboro
OF - Brandi Stamey, William Peace
P - Logan Lowery, N.C. Wesleyan
P - Lauren Martin, William Peace
P - Katy Messick, Huntingdon

 

Sportsmanship

Mackenzie Barrett, Averett
Kaitlyn Sirmons, Covenant
Mika Smith, Ferrum
Kali Puckett, Greensboro
Gabby Alcantar, Huntingdon
Danielle Newbern, LaGrange
Destiny Rodriguez, Mary Baldwin
Jessica McMahan, Maryville
Alyssa D'Arco, Meredith
McKenna Mitchell, Methodist
Abigail Leonard, N.C. Wesleyan
Whitney Wolfe, Piedmont
Michelle Sheldon-Gregorio, William Peace