MOUNT OLIVE, North Carolina – The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2018 College Division All-State Softball Teams on Monday. A total of 24 student-athletes from twelve different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
Five schools tied for the most players represented on the All-State teams with three selections each, including UNC Pembroke, Pfeiffer, Guilford, Lenoir-Rhyne, and Saint Augustine's. Salem College and Chowan University each received a pair of All-State nods while the remaining five honorees came from five different schools.
Jordan Adcox was the only freshman to make the NCCSIA All-State First Team as she represents her Braves of UNC Pembroke at designated hitter. Adcox hit .390 in her final 16 games of the season with 16 hits, eight runs, 11 RBIs, 25 total bases and a .610 SLG%. She tallied five multi-hit games while also hitting .400 with runners on base, .435 with runners on scoring position, .412 with two outs and .429 as a pinch hitter.
Senior Jamie Johnson became the first player in the 29-year history of the UNC Pembroke softball program to earn three separate all-American distinctions in her career. She was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American squad and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-American team during the 2018 season and garnered the NFCA All-American honor in 2017 as well. Johnson led the PBC in batting average (.435), on-base percentage (.512) and triples (5), while ranking second in hits (64), slugging percentage (.762) and assists (116). She also ranked among the league's top five in runs (48), doubles (14), total bases (112) and stolen bases (24). Johnson's 43 RBIs slotted sixth in the PBC, while her eight home runs ranked 10th in the conference.
Vada Blue Sherrill, from Hiddenite, N.C., earns first-team all-state honors for her Falcons of Pfeiffer. Following the season she was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-American and All-Region performer as well as the ECAC Player of the Year. Sherrill finished the season with a .508 batting average and went a perfect 56-for-56 in stolen bases. In her 42 games, Sherrill clubbed 16 home runs, drove in 69 runs and scored 64 times, all were program records. In addition, Sherrill set the single-season team record for on-base percentage (.593) and slugging percentage (.992) to lead the Falcons to an ECAC Championship in their first year in Division III.
Makenzie Pennell earned a Third Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) honors as a sophomore thanks to a .368 batting average. Pennell, who split time between third and second base this season, only struck out five times in 125 at-bats and hit seven home runs to go with 36 RBI's. Pennell got on base at a .450 clip and slugged .696 while scoring 43 runs in 42 games. For her career, Pennell owns a .383 batting average in her first two seasons.
Jennifer Vitarelli represents her Salem College Spirits on the NCCSIA All-State First-Team after helping lead her team to the USA South Tournament championship game. She picked up all-tournament honors after finishing the season with a team-high 36 runs on 49 hits with six doubles and a triple. She holds the school record for hits with 187, runs scored with 154, and stolen bases with 35. Vitarelli is also a four-time First-Team All-Conference Player.
Kris Neal finished second on the team with a .390 average with a team-leading 57 hits and 56 runs. Neal added seven doubles, four triples, and seven home runs from the lead-off position. She earned D2CCA All-Region honors as well as being named the CIAA Player of the Year and All-CIAA First Team.
Makayla Carver earned NFCA First-Team All-Atlantic Region recognition for the second straight season and repeated as a First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honoree this year. The junior outfielder led the ODAC and ranked fifth in Division III through games with a .514 batting average in 34 contests. The batting average ranks third in school history. Carver also topped the league in slugging percentage (.793, 14th-best in Division III) and her .565 on-base percentage stands second in the ODAC. Her slugging percentage is second-highest in Guilford history, while her on-base percentage ranks third. She smacked 57 hits, including 13 doubles and six home runs. Carver matched Hayes' school record for career doubles (41) and enters her senior season ranked second in runs (119), second in stolen bases (49) and fourth in hits (170).
Erin Boone, a junior outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., is a first-team all-region selection for the third straight year. Boone led Lenoir-Rhyne in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.395), runs (53), hits (66), doubles (15), total bases (109) and on-base percentage (.510) in 2018. Alongside her teammate, Boone was named to the 2018 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Southeast Region Softball First Team.
Emily Kenley, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., went 24-5 on the year with a 1.81 earned run average, six shutouts, and 125 strikeouts. Kenley was named the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year for her efforts. She named to the 2018 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Southeast Region Softball First Team.
Junior pitcher Kiana Millsaps wrapped up a splendid season by tossing five shutout innings to earn her 24th victory of the year en route to the ECAC Division III Softball championship title. Millsaps went 24-4 in the circle with eight complete games which shattered the program record for most wins in a season. She was the winningest pitcher in both games of the ECAC Tournament and was named the ECAC Tournament MVP for her performance. In addition to her pitching she added 48 RBI and a .379 batting average as a hitter.
Marley Parker of Saint Augustine's University picked up three All-America honors following the 2018 softball season. She was named a Fastpitch News NCAA Division II First-Team All-American, a DII Collegiate Commissioners Association All-American and Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American. Parker ranked among the top five statistically in four Division II national categories this season - batting average (2nd/.517), toughest to strike out (2nd/87.0), slugging percentage (4th/1.000) and runs batted in per game (5th/1.33). Parker also ranked sixth nationally in on-base percentage (.558), 10th in runs per game (1.33), 17th in triples per game (0.15) and 26th in doubles per game (0.37).
A junior catcher from Guilford College, Makayla Crawford, was a Third Team Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) pick this year and a second-team All-Region selection by the National Softball Coaches Association. She ranked seventh in the ODAC with a .397 overall batting average and hit .296 in the league. Crawford cranked out a school-record and league-leading 12 home runs. Crawford stands second in the league with 54 hits and fourth with 37 RBIs. She leads the ODAC with 101 total bases on the year, and her .743 slugging percentage ranks second only to Carver. She only had two errors in 41 games for a .979 fielding percentage and threw out five would-be base-stealers in 19 attempts. Crawford had 15 multiple-hit games this year.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2018 College Division All-State Softball Teams
|DP||Jordan Adcox||FR||UNC Pembroke||Fayetteville, N.C.|
|IF||Jamie Johnson||SR||UNC Pembroke||Kenly, N.C.|
|IF||Vada Blue Sherrill||JR||Pfeiffer Univ.||Hiddenite, N.C.|
|IF||Makenzie Pennell||SO||Pfeiffer Univ.||Taylorsville, N.C.|
|IF||Jennifer Vitarelli||SR||Salem Coll.||Greensboro, N.C.|
|OF||Makayla Carver||JR||Guilford Coll.||Granite Falls, N.C.|
|OF||Erin Boone||JR||Lenior-Rhyne Univ.||Creedmoor, N.C.|
|OF||Kris Neal||SR||Chowan Univ.||Clayton, N.C.|
|P||Emily Kenley||JR||Lenior-Rhyne Univ.||Charlotte, N.C.|
|P||Kiana Millsaps||JR||Pfeiffer Univ.||Taylorsville, N.C.|
|UTL||Marley Parker||SR||Saint Augustine's Univ.||Langley, British Columbia|
|C||Makayla Crawford||JR||Guilford Coll.||Rutherfordton, N.C.|
|DP||Samantha Gibbs||SR||Winston-Salem State Univ.||Walnut Cove, N.C.|
|IF||Anna Wolfe||JR||Guilford Coll.||Wake Forest, N.C.|
|IF||Taylor Martin||SO||Barton Coll.||Richlands, N.C.|
|IF||Alex Watkins||SO||UNC Pembroke||Swansboro, N.C.|
|IF||Talon LaClair||FR||Lenior-Rhyne Univ.||Statesville, N.C.|
|OF||Erice Occena||SR||Meredith Coll.||Coats, N.C.|
|OF||Tamiera Sanchez||SO||Saint Augustine's Univ.||Sacramento, Calif.|
|OF||Kayla Allen||SR||Univ. of Mount Olive||Benson, N.C.|
|P||Miranda Barker||FR||Salem Coll.||Creedmoor, N.C.|
|P||Makayla August||SO||Saint Augustine's Univ.||Palm Springs, Calif.|
|UTL||Aubrey Reep||SO||Wingate Univ.||Eastover, N.C.|
|C||Lindsey Stigler||SO||Chowan Univ.||Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.|