COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Skaggs, four teammates honored as All-MSC selections
BOWLING GREEN - Five University of Pikeville softball players were named All Mid-South Conference on Friday at the annual awards banquet. That is the most honorees for the program since the league went to two teams instead of honorable mentions.
UPIKE's first-team selections were catcher Kitty Raymond and outfielders Jordan Gentry and Lee Collier. Second-team honors went to first baseman Chandler Kelly and pitcher Hannah Skaggs. Collier also received a Gold Glove award for her prowess in centerfield.
The first and second all-conference teams were voted on by the MSC head coaches. They were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Campbellsville's Jacqueline Roof and Neely Quint were named MSC Player of the Pitcher of the Year, respectively, while their coach Shannan Wathen was named Coach of the Year as her Tigers claimed the MSC Regular-Season Championship.
Campbellsville's Riley Whitney and Lindsey Wilson's Cassie Matlock were Co-Freshmen of the Year and Campbellsville's Brianna Scott earned her second straight Champion of Character honor.
Gentry finished fourth in the MSC in hitting at .413, which is a school record, UPIKE's three other All-MSC selections weren't far behind as Kelly (.381), Collier (.375) and Raymond (.373) hit eighth, ninth and 10th on the conference leaderboard as well.
The freshman Kelly hit 20 percentage points better than both of the co-newcomers of the year and tallied two home runs, 37 RBIs, two triples, six doubles and went 7-for-7 on stolen bases. Gentry hit a pair of long balls as well to go along with 24 RBIs, two triples, six doubles and 10 stolen bases.
Collier finished second on the team with three home runs and swiped a program record 21 stolen bases, while Raymond's 17 doubles are a school record as well.
Skaggs, a Magoffin County High School graduate, matched a program record with 13 wins as she struck out 94 batters, had a 2,08 ERA and allowed opponents to hit just .254 against her.
Collier excelled in centerfield, making 99 putouts on 102 chances with just two errors all season for a .980 fielding percentage.