Softball ends season with record setting year
MOUNT VERNON—The Brewton-Parker College Softball team set a new win record this season with 37 wins, said Coach Jason Bryant.
“This was a great year to be at Brewton-Parker,” said Bryant. “These young ladies played hard and well all year.”
Led by Sadie Mullins, a First Team All-SSAC selection, Mullins tied a NAIA doubles record with four in any game. She also led the nation in doubles with 31.
Myia Ashmore won 14 games as a freshman pitcher and was selected to the All-Eastern Division team and earned a spot on the All-Freshman team. Other notables were Eastern Division Outfield Gold Glove winner Marissa Brown and Eastern Division Newcomer of the Year Crystal Chesser, who also led in homeruns with 11.
This season marked a new standard for the Barons softball program, added Bryant.
“We were nationally ranked for the first time since 2004. We defeated a number of nationally ranked teams as well as a number of NCAA Division II teams,” said Bryant.
Turning in some great seasons were seniors Laura Hutchins, who went 9-1 on the season as a pitcher and Elizabeth Poythress, a two-time All-SSAC selection who finished her career as “strong as she could be”.
Ashley Wooten gave a stellar year behind the plate hitting .341. Kelci Leng battled injuries early but rebounded to hit .372 on the year. Leighann Newberry hit .350. Britney Kinlaw came back from an injury and finished at .282; Allison Smith hit .298. Heather Snyder finished her career with a great year defensively and let the team for the third straight year in steals. Amanda Averett ended her career with a .315 average.
Freshman Courtni Fritts was spectacular as a pinch hitter, according to Bryant who added, “Courtni had the best year I have ever seen as a pinch hitter.”
Freshman Sara Hemphill proved to be a tremendous catcher with the promise of great things in the future. Stefanie Ortiz and Heather Pope did great jobs helping out of the bullpen as well as other areas on this team. Freshman Desiree Kendrick was really good off the bench and has the potential to be a 20-steal player-a-year. Erika Velez played exceptional at third and first base this season ending with a .327 batting average. Jasmine Brownly battled through injuries to finish out her sophomore year.
Wooten, Ortiz, Newberry, Poythress and Velez were All-SSAC Academic team winners. Newberry was also named BPC Athletic Award winner for a female student-athlete during the college Honor’s Day award ceremony May 3.
“I can’t say enough about this team. Thirty-seven wins about sums it up,” said Bryant. “We had great wins and a few stunning losses to be honest. But this team stayed together, avoided the finger pointing and worked hard for unity. We saw great events take place as eight players were baptized in a revival on campus; our players were praying with one another off the field. It was a great season – one that I will never forget!”
Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, Fla.
The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.