Signifying the end of one career and the beginning of another, EMU had two softball women named All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Third baseman Mariah Foltz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) was voted to the All-State First Team for the second straight year. She batted .342 with 22 RBIs for the Royals this spring, finishing second on the team with 31 runs and tied for second with 41 hits, 14 walks and 10 doubles. Playing at the hot corner, Foltz was seventh in the ODAC with 78 assists. The senior is a three-time All-ODAC honoree, and leaves EMU with 39 doubles, one shy of the program record. One of the best all-around players in Royals history, Foltz hit .347 for her career, adding 108 runs, 103 RBIs and 336 assists. In four years, she drew 35 walks against just 17 strikeouts.
Freshman Savannah Jones (Stanley, Va./Page County) started her EMU career with a spot on the VaSID All-State Second Team. She came to EMU as an infielder, but quickly took over in right field, where she earned All-ODAC honors this spring and now All-State honors. Jones led the women with a .398 batting average and was top-11 in the ODAC with both a .475 on-base percentage and .563 slugging percentage. She was tied with Foltz with 41 hits and 14 walks and just one behind her with nine doubles.
Despite having six freshmen among the starting ten players, Eastern Mennonite opened the 2017 season with a program-record 12-game winning streak. The Royals finished 22-16, including 9-11 in the ODAC.
VaSID names 27 All-State teams in 15 sports each year, as well as an Academic All-State squad and an all-sports champion in both the University and College Divisions. Membership in VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a university or conference in the state of Virginia.
Listed below are the entire VaSID Softball All-State Teams. For more information on VaSID, click here.
2017 VaSID College Division Softball All-State Team
Player of the Year: Cassetty Howerin, Virginia Wesleyan
Pitcher of the Year: Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan
Coach of the Year: Brandon Elliott, Virginia Wesleyan
Rookie of the Year: Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan
P - Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan
P - Taylor Brandts, Virginia-Wise
P - Courtney Wright, Virginia Wesleyan
C - Jessica Lindsay, Virginia Wesleyan
1B - Cassetty Howerin, Virginia Wesleyan
2B - Sam Bird, Mary Baldwin
SS - Jessica Long, Averett
3B - Mariah Foltz, Eastern Mennonite
OF - Leah Andrews, Christopher Newport
OF - Samantha Hall, Averett
OF - Rachael Shiflett, Christopher Newport
DP - Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett
P - Candace Whittemore, Randolph-Macon
P - Aubrey Bates, Christopher Newport
P - Emily Kendrick, Emory & Henry
C - Calah Savage, Christopher Newport
1B - Caley Hodge, Emory & Henry
2B - Grace Wild, Christopher Newport
SS - Rachael Payne, Christopher Newport
3B - Kaylah Duplain, Virginia Wesleyan
OF - Skylar Dickens, Lynchburg
OF - Savannah Jones, Eastern Mennonite
OF - Zoe Millard, Virginia-Wise
DP - Mikalia Guard, Bridgewater