YORK, PA - A school-record eight York College softball players dotted the 2010 All-Capital Athletic Conference squad as announced by the league office on Thursday morning. Freshman Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) picked up one of the three individual awards as she earned the league's Rookie-of-the-Year award. She is the third Spartan softball player to pick up the award, following in the footsteps of pitchers Colleen Price (2001) and Megan Mickles (2005).
Hugel was joined on the first team by senior shortstop Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial), sophomore pitcher Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone), senior catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick), junior first baseman Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney), senior centerfielder Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), and sophomore designated player Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding). Junior third baseman Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) earned second team accolades for the Green and White.
Hugel has fashioned a very good freshman year for the Spartans. She is hitting a team-high .478 with 38 runs scored, one double, and 13 RBI. Hugel owns a .532 on base percentage and has stolen seven bases for the Spartans. Hugel is first in the CAC in total hits with 54 while she is second in batting average, second in runs scored, and second in on-base percentage.
Spartan head coach Nicki Starry was happy to see Hugel get recognized.
“Hannah made an immediate impact on our program and I was thrilled to see her get recognized for her hard work and dedication she has displayed throughout ther year,” said Starry.
Bormann made a very strong case for the Player of the Year honors that eventually went to Salisbury's Laura Brenneman. Bormann's name is all over the CAC leaders. The Spartans' senior captain is hitting .416 with 50 RBI, 30 runs scored, 11 doubles, seven triples and two home runs. She has a .664 slugging percentage and a .438 on base percentage while she has stolen 12 bases in 14 attempts. She also owns an impressive .963 fielding percentage at short. Bormann is making her third consecutive appearance on the All-CAC first team.
Bormann is ranked first in the CAC in triples and RBI as she owns 15 more RBI than any other player in the conference. She is ranked second in hits with 52, first in total bases (83), first in sacrifice flies, first in plate apperances, fourth in slugging percentage, fourth in doubles, fourth in stolen bases, fifth in batting average and fifth in runs scored.
“Heather has had an incredible year,” says Starry. “Not only has she been one of, if not, the best player in our conference but she has been an exceptional leader. She is one of the best players and people I have had the chance to coach.”
Therres stepped up to an increased workload this year and has flourished. She has posted a mark of 24-5 with a 2.04 ERA. She has thrown 181.2 innings, with 87 strikeouts, as opponents are hitting .245 against her. The 24 wins are a new school record, breaking the previous mark by eight wins already. Therres ranks first in the CAC in wins, first in innings pitched, third in ERA, third in opponent's batting average, second in strikeouts, first in starts, and first in appearances.
“Britt has been nothing short of incredible,” says Starry. “Her approach has been great all year long. She works hitters and lets her defense make the plays behind her. It's been fun to watch her work and I am excited about seeing her continue to improve over the next two years.”
Norris earned her honors as the top backstop in the conference after moving behind the dish as a junior. She is hitting .319 with 27 RBI, 21 runs scored, five doubles and a home run. She has notched a .364 on-base percentage while she is a perfect 14-for-14 in stolen bases this year. More importantly to Starry, Norris has an impressive .994 fielding percentage as she has made just one error in 168 attempts behind the plate.
“Julie is such a strong presence behind the plate for us,” states Starry. “Her ability to make plays and display the type of leadership you need in a catcher has played a huge role in our success this year. Her contagious personality has been a big component in the make up of our team.”
Barwick is making her first appearance on the All-CAC squad. The junior first baseman is hitting .383 with 13 runs scored, 11 RBI, five doubles and a triple in 2010. She has a .414 on-base percentage while she has been nothing short of sensational defensively with just one error in 236 attempts in the field. That converts to a fielding percentage of .996.
“Michelle is just a vacuum at first base,” states the Spartan mentor. “Her ability to make all the plays in the field has solidified us as a defensive team. She is a smart player that always seems to put herself in the right position on the field. At the plate, she is a contact hitter that has come up with some very important at-bats throughout the year.”
Lawrence is closing out her Spartan career as one of the most prolific base stealers in school history in making her first All-CAC appearance. Lawrence is hitting .343 with a conference-best 27 stolen bases. She leads the CAC in runs scored with 39 while she also has 11 RBI with four doubles and two triples. She has a .422 on-base percentage while she has been perfect in her 35 fielding attempts in centerfield this year.
“Sam is a player that really understands how to use her speed,” says Starry. “She has worked hard on being able to sneak bunts down and get on base. When she gets on first, it's almost like an automatic double because she has such great speed.”
Van Meter makes her first All-CAC appearance as she is hitting .340 with 27 RBI, 20 runs scored, 10 doubles and a home run. She has a .405 on-base percentage and a .470 slugging percentage. Van Meter has also stolen two bases for the Spartans this year.
“Megan has really stepped up this year,” says Starry. “We were looking for someone with confidence to fill the DP role early in the year and Meter seized her opportunity and earned most of our at-bats in that position.”
Smith makes her third All-CAC appearance but just her first on the second-team. She has been fantastic and consistent as always as she is hitting .402 with 26 runs scored, 24 RBI, 14 doubles, and a home run. She has a .535 slugging percentage and a .437 on-base mark. She has also swiped five bases and owns a very good .957 fielding percentage at third base.
“Kelly has been exceptional again this year,” says Starry. “She does everything. She hits in the middle of the lineup, plays great defense and is a true leader. I have been impressed in her all around game.”
The Spartans have registered a school record 33 wins with four games remaining in the regular season. The Spartans need to pick up as many wins as possible as they attempt to earn the school's second NCAA Tournament berth. The Spartans' only softball team to earn a tournament berth was the 2001 squad that had held the previous school record for wins with 32.