Huntingdon Softball Places Two On All-Conference Team; Four Hawks Honored On All-Academic Team

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By Adam Bagni

LAGRANGE, Ga. --- Huntingdon senior Nicole Hill and sophomore Ashley Blocker were each named to the Great South Athletic Conference All-Conference team, when the league announced its postseason softball awards list.

The anchor of the Hawks pitching staff, Hill finished the season with an 11-11 overall record and a 2.75 earned run average. Appearing in 23 games, the native of McCalla, Ala., posted 20 complete games and four shutouts, while striking out a team and league-best 93 hitters. Hill also limited opponents to hit just .241. In addition to her pitching duties, Hill also recorded a .258 batting average with 16 runs scored and eight RBIs.

An All-Freshman team member last season, Blocker led the Hawks with 20 runs scored and 11 stolen bases, ranked second with 30 hits and third on the squad in runs batted in with 11. The Sylacauga native finished 2009 with a .259 batting average, while recording a team-best nine-game hitting streak during the season. Earning All-Conference honors as a catcher, Blocker also saw action at third base, shortstop, in the outfield and as the designated player throughout the season.

Tournament Champion LaGrange earned both Player and Pitcher of the Year honors, as Holly Hazelwood and Katie Ison were named Co-Players of the Year and Katie Hein garnered the Pitcher of the Year award. Piedmont’s Kellie Edmondson earned Freshman of the Year, while Maryville head coach Danny Fish was named Coach of the Year.

In addition to its on-field awards, the GSAC also recognized its All-Academic Team. For the third straight season, senior Jessica Reeves garnered All-Academic honors, while junior Kayla Bratcher was recognized for the second time. Sophomores Mary Lawren Hill and Jessica Sharker were both first-time members. In order to be considered for the all-academic team, a player must be classified as a sophomore or higher and maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or better.

The Hawks finished the 2009 season with a 17-22-1 overall record and the No. 3 seed in the GSAC Tournament.

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