ATLANTA, Ga. - The Great South Athletic Conference announced their softball postseason award winners today Huntingdon's Brittany Richardson won the conference Player of the Year honors to highlight the list of recipients. Richardson's battery-mate, pitcher Melissa McClure, won the Pitcher of the Year award. Kristen Rose of Finlandia claimed the elite Freshman of the Year distinction while Huntingdon's head coach, Gynger Williams, earned the Coach of the Year nod following voting by her peers.
Brittany Richardson, a senior catcher from Muscle Shoals, Ala., was the straw that stirred the drink for the Hawks this season. Richardson was an All-Conference selection as a junior before an injury cut her season short. As a senior, she has returned from injury and dominated. In 95 at-bats this season, she is batting .484 with six home runs, 10 doubles, 23 RBIs, 31 runs and a .779 slugging percentage. She also has 11 stolen bases. As a catcher, she has thrown out 10 base runners and has not committed an error in 31 games. Against GSAC competition, she has a .604 batting average with two home runs, 12 RBIs, 17 runs and a .896 slugging percentage.
Melissa McClure, a senior pitcher from Albany, Ga., was dominant in the circle for Huntingdon in 2013. This season she compiled a 13-3 overall record with 81 strikeouts and a 1.88 ERA in 96.2 innings and she led the league in both wins and ERA. She pitched three shutouts and two no-hitters, including a perfect game this season to cement her status as Pitcher of the Year. For her career, she has 47 wins and 326 strikeouts.
Kristen Rose, a freshman outfielder from Covington, Va., had an incredible debut season for the Lions, helping them post a 21-6 overall record and earn the No. 2 seed in the 2013 GSAC Softball Tournament. Rose batted .464 in 2013 with a .515 on-base percentage and a robust .881 slugging percentage. She scored 43 runs and drove home an additional 35 for Finlandia while displaying power along the way with 8 homers in 2013.
Gynger Williams helmed her Huntingdon squad to a 23-9 overall record and a perfect 16-0 mark in GSAC play. Williams broke into the coaching profession in 1995 at Calhoun Community College, following a successful playing career both at Calhoun and Athens State College. Williams joined the Huntingdon staff in 2012 following two seasons at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Ala. After taking over a program on probation and with only seven recruited players during her first year, Williams helped the Patriots to their first Alabama Community College Conference Regional Tournament as a fast-pitch program last season.
2013 GSAC Softball All-Conference Team
Brittany Richardson (Huntingdon) and Jenni Jobe (Covenant)
Lauren Welch (Huntingdon), Shivani Ghodadra (Agnes Scott), Kierston Garner (Salem), Adrianna Osuna (Finlandia), Avi Greene (Agnes Scott), Ashley Zachmeyer Huntingdon) and Chardonai Rose (Pine Manor)
Kristen Rose (Finlandia), Melanie Ennis (Agnes Scott), Kristi Morton (Salem), Jenna Rimensnyder (Huntingdon) and Aimee McKibbin (Agnes Scott)
Utility Players (2)
Kayla Kennedy (Salem) and Morgan Lane (Covenant)
Melissa McClure (Huntingdon), Casey Arnold (Agnes Scott), Alyson Herman (Finlandia) and Tia Nelson (Pine Manor)
2013 GSAC Softball All-Freshman Team
Kristen Rose of Finlandia
Ashlee Zachmeyer of Huntingdon
Kierston Garner of Salem
Chardonai Rose of Pine Manor
Casey Arnold of Agnes Scott
Morgan Lane of Covenant
Halleigh Dinicholas of Huntingdon
Allie Watkins of Salem
Sybil Lynch of Pine Manor
Karson Chapman of Salem