Maloney Named CAC Softball Co-Rookie of the Year
YORK, Pa. – York college freshman shortstop Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) was named the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Co-Rookie of the Year as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
In addition to the Co-Rookie-of-the-Year honors, Maloney was also named to the CAC Second Team as she led the Spartan offense in every major offensive category with exception of home runs and walks.
Spartan head coach Jen Petteys is very happy for her freshman infielder and the recognition she has received for the body of work she has put forth this season.
"I couldn't be more pleased for Katie to receive this award. She is certainly deserving of this honor because she has been a dynamic freshman and has been an impact player for us this entire season," said Petteys. "Across the board this young lady has done her job and done it well, and she has a very bright future here at York."
Batting from the leadoff position, Maloney possessed the rare combination of speed and pop as she currently leads the conference with six triples and ranks second with 13 stolen bases. Also, her six triples are good for the fourth highest single-season total in school history.
Petteys is impressed by the broad skill set that Maloney brings to the table and how the freshman handled the leadoff role with great effectiveness.
"She was always able to set the tone for us being in the leadoff spot and because she has a combination of speed and power we never knew if she would be leading off with a solo home run or a bunted base hit," explained Petteys. "The versatility of her skill set really impressed me and how she was able to set the tone for us every time with that first at bat."
In addition to being a tremendous threat at the plate by ranking in the top ten in the CAC in total bases (sixth), hits (eighth) and runs scored (tenth), Maloney has also been a steady force in the Spartan infield. The freshman shortstop's team-leading 72 assists rank fourth in the conference and her seven double plays turned this season rank second.
Coach Petteys is very pleased with the performance Maloney has turned in this season and looks for the success to continue in the coming years.
"There is always work to be done, but Katie has built a fine foundation from which to expand her skill set," said Petteys. "The biggest thing moving forward is fine tuning her skills because she certainly has what it takes to keep performing at a high level."