Three Lady Eagles named to Daktronics First Team All-Region Softball Team
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Carson-Newman Pitcher and South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year Mary Shealy (Clinton, S.C.), along with catcher Bri Shoemake (Ooltewah, Tenn.) and outfielder Leah Price (Spring City, Tenn.) have been named to the Daktronics First Team All-Region teams, released Monday.
Carson-Newman closed out its 2011 season on Sunday with a loss in the NCAA D-II Southeast Regional Final. The Lady Eagles finished the year 41-17-1 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the seventh-straight season.
C-N led the team with three first-team selections. All three Lady Eagles were first team All-South Atlantic Conference selections.
Shealy carried the load for the Lady Eagles, finishing the year with a 38-15 record as a pitcher and a 2.19 earned run average. Her 38 wins leads the nation.
The junior also led the Lady Eagles with 12 home runs, batting .299 with seven doubles and 42 RBIs.
Price led the Lady Eagles with a .401 batting average in starting all 59 games this season. She also led the team with 30 stolen bases in 35 attempts and was second on the team with 37 runs scored.
Shoemake led C-N with 77 hits, and was second on the team with a .397 average, 11 home runs, and 41 RBIs in starting 57 games for the Lady Eagles at catcher.
Regional tournament hosts North Georgia and Lenoir-Rhyne University again led the teams. The NGCSU Saints garnered two nods on each team and LRU picked up one on the first team and four overall to pace one of the most talented regions in the country.
North Georgia's Jessica Coan was named Region Pitcher of the Year. Coan was 24-4 with a 0.78 ERA and 294 strikeouts over 187 1/3 innings as of the nomination deadline.
Armstrong Atlantic State University second baseman April Jowers earned Region Player of the Year honors. Jowers was hitting .503 with 43 runs scored and 28 stolen bases as of the nomination deadline.
The first team selections will move on to the All-America ballot. The Daktronics All-America programs honor student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The voting, nomination and calculations are all conducted by the region's sports information directors.
2011 Daktronics Softball All-Southeast Region
Pitcher of the Year: Jessica Coan, North Georgia
Player of the Year: April Jowers, Armstrong
P: Jessica Coan, North Georgia
P: Dawon Millwood, Lenoir-Rhyne
P: Mary Shealy, Carson-Newman
C: Bri Shoemake, Carson-Newman
1B: Breezy Collings, Flagler
2B: April Jowers, Armstrong
3B: Jessica Thornton, Augusta St.
SS: Kasey Knight, North Georgia
OF: Jessica McFadden, Barton
OF: Shelby Duff, Armstrong
OF: Leah Price, Carson-Newman
DP: Haley Burnett, Georgia College
UT: Kristen Jones, Augusta St.
P: Sarah Phillips, North Georgia
P: Elizabeth Johnson, Tusculum
P: Megan Barnwell, Armstrong
C: Brittany Barrineau, Wingate
1B: Jessica Fellmeth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B: Carlee Carpenter, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B: Natalie Haithcox, Mars Hill
SS: Kacee Camp, Augusta St.
OF: Jody Mizelle, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF: Khortni Hester, Catawba
OF: Ansley Williams, North Georgia
DP: Alyssa Bradshaw, Mount Olive
UT: Kayla Myers, Catawba