LAGRANGE, Ga. - For the second straight season, Huntingdon junior Ashley Blocker has been named an All-Great South Athletic Conference selection, while newcomers Chasity Ward and Melissa McClure were named to the All-Freshman team, when the league announced its postseason awards list this weekend.
In addition to its individual awards, the GSAC also named its All-Academic team, on which the Hawks had four recognized. Senior Kayla Bratcher earned the honor for the third time in her career, while junior Mary Lawren Hill was recognized for the second time. Senior Marceta Brown and sophomore Chala Monk were each honored for the first time. In order to be considered for the all-academic team, a player must be classified as a sophomore or higher and maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or better.
In her third season with the Hawks, Blocker led the team with a .343 batting average, while finishing second in hits with 34 and runs scored with 27. The Sylacauga native added three doubles, 14 runs batted in and 28 stolen bases in 30 attempts. She finished tied for the team lead with 20 walks, while dropping down a team-best 12 sacrifice bunts and leading the squad in on-base percentage at .464.
A freshman from Prattville, Ward finished her first season in the program with a .299 batting average, while appearing in all 44 games. She recorded 26 hits, 23 runs scored, 10 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases on the year. Ward also provided flexibility for the Hawks in the field, as she appeared at five different positions for the team.
McClure was an impact player for the Hawks both at the plate and in the circle. A freshman from Albany, Ga., she posted a 10-8 record on the mound with a 3.03 earned run average in 118 innings. She struck out 78, a mark which ranked third in the GSAC, while allowing opponents to hit just .246 on the year. She tossed 11 complete games, including three shutouts and a perfect game against Rust. At the plate, she recorded a .288 batting average, with five doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs. She added 24 runs scored and was a perfect 13-for-13 on stolen base attempts.
Katie Ison of LaGrange was named the league’s Player of the Year, while B.J. Cofer of the regular-season and tournament champion Piedmont Lions was named Pitcher of the Year. Melanie Ennis of Agnes Scott was selected Freshman of the Year and Piedmont’s Terry Martin was voted Coach of the Year.