Softball players receive regional honors
Pictured from left to right: Carly White, Emily Phillips, Olivia Martin, and Rachel Durham.
NORTH EAST, Md. – The recognition of excellence for the Cecil College softball team continues to accumulate as four members of the 2018 program were honored with selection to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s All-Region 20 team, as voted by the softball committee.
The Seahawks finished the 2018 season with a 20-9 overall record and 13-3 in Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (Maryland JUCO). The Seahawks’ season came to an end after being defeated by the Hawks of Hagerstown Community College in the NJCAA Region 20 Division II Tournament.
Heading the honors was freshman infielder Rachel Durham (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink High School) being named First Team All-Region 20. She was also recognized to the First Team All-Maryland JUCO and the conference’s Student-Athlete of the Month for March. Durham played in 28 games for Cecil College at second base. She had 107 plate appearances for which she came away with 47 hits. These included 15 doubles, four triples, and two home runs as she accumulated a .505 batting average. An Early Childhood Education major, Durham had five stolen bases en route to scoring 43 runs. She also had 31 RBIs.
Both sophomore Olivia Martin and freshman Carly White were selected to Second Team All-Region 20, which bodes well with their being named Second Team All-Maryland JUCO earlier in the month.
Martin (North East, Md./North East High School) paroled the outfield for the Seahawks. This general studies major appeared in 28 games for a .432 batting average and 32 RBIs. For her 99 trips to the plate, she had 35 hits including eight doubles, one triple, and six home runs. En route to scoring 26 runs, she had five stolen bases.
White (Perryville, Md./Perryville High School) worked behind the plate for the Seahawks, to lead the team with 128 putouts and nine assists while only committing five errors for a fielding percentage of .965. She played in 25 games to finish with a .442 batting average. In her 91 plate appearances, White connected for 38 hits that included nine doubles, one triple, and six home runs. She accumulated 29 RBIs while scoring 30 runs of her own along with three stolen bases.
Freshman Emily Phillips (Perryville, Md./Perryville High School) was presented All-Region 20 Honorable Mention to go along with her Second Team All-Maryland JUCO honor. Working the mound for the Seahawks with 20 appearances that included 15 starts, Phillips dominated home plate. From the top of the hill, she accumulated an 11-4 record for the Seahawks along with one save. This nursing student finished with a 3.78 ERA over 96.1 innings as Cecil’s ace. She struck out 93 batters and walked another 38. On the offensive side, Phillips had 76 plate appearances for 15 hits that included three doubles.