Week 11 (4/10-16/2017)
Niles dials in for Anderson.
No one in the southeast has as hot of a bat as Cailah Niles for Anderson in the month of April. In the 10 games the Trojans have played in April, Niles has reached base in all but 1 game. Hitting an impressive .520 this month with 6 homeruns, Niles went on a tear last week going 6-7 while being walked 8 times for a .933 on base percentage, failing to reach base on only 1 of 15 plate appearances. With her .857 batting average Niles belted 3 homeruns and 1 double for a 2.286 slugging percentage, her 5 runs and 6 RBI helped catapult the team to splits with Catawba and Tusculum. In the loss to Catawba, the pitchers walked Niles all 4 plate appearances. Anderson plays their final series in conference on Saturday with Wingate. This is a big series as the Trojans could climb to as high as 4th in the conference or fall as low as 7th depending on team’s records at the end of this weekend.
North Georgia closes out the season with an exclamation point.
North Georgia went into the week needing to win for a chance at their 4th regular season championship. All the Nighthawks did was win the 4 games outscoring their conference opponents 40-0 putting up 4 shutouts and finishing 3 of the 4 games with the run rule. Last week Kylee Smith added to her amazing season going 3-0 against conference teams and 3-1 last week. Pitching 21.0 innings last week she only allowed 2 runs to non-conference team Union posting a 0.67 ERA and a 0.00 ERA in conference action. Smith also added 17 strikeouts with 9 walks and in the 4 conference games only allowed 8 hits. On the offensive side, Stephanie Hartness added to her impressive senior season. Going 10-19 for a .526 batting average, Hartness hit 2 homeruns and scored 7 runs and 9 RBI with a .895 slugging percentage. Hartness also logged 3 walks for a .591 on base percentage and grabbed 2 stolen bases. The Nighthawks will play Montevallo on Tuesday. With a win they will lock the #1 seed in the tournament and outright regular season champs, while a loss will tie make them Co-Champs with Armstrong State.
SAC could be decided in final series of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne is the hottest team in the southeast right now riding an 11 game winning streak including sweeps over Coker and Lincoln Memorial this past week. After being swept by Coker, Carson-Newman responded with a 4 game win streak sweeping Lincoln Memorial and Wingate. Both streaks see the two teams tied with a 13-3 conference record. Each having two series left it is the final series of the season that pits Carson-Newman at Lenoir-Rhyne in a series that could decided the regular season champ and the #1 seed in the tournament. Carson-Newman will first have to get by Tusculum and Lenoir-Rhyne will be playing Queens on Wednesday of this week before the Saturday’s matchup. Lenoir-Rhyne boasts the dominant offense leading the SAC in 10 offensive stats including batting average, and total bases. However Carson-Newman will bring the top pitching staff in the league with the best ERA, most strikeouts and most strikeouts per 7 innings. If both teams can take care of business on Wednesday it will come down to the Saturday series on who will take the regular season championship.
North Greenville boasts one of the hottest pitchers in the Southeast that you haven’t heard of.
If you’re not a follower of North Greenville you may be missing out on one of the hottest pitchers in the Southeast. While the Peach Belt boasts the best two pitchers with freshmen Ally Marcano at Flagler and Kylee Smith at North Georgia one of the biggest surprises is in the Conference Carolinas and the play of junior pitcher Amanda Coffrin. Since grabbing a win on March 29 vs. Converse Coffrin posts a 5-0 record including a complete game 2 hit shutout against #2 Pfeiffer this past week. In her 39.0 innings pitched in the last 7 games Coffrin has only given up 4 earned runs for a 0.72 ERA. Coffrin has also thrown 32 strikeouts and posted 3 complete game shutouts. Coffrin currently leads the CC in innings pitched (152.0), and strikeouts (152) while being tied for second in wins (15), 3rd in K/7 (7.00) and 4th in ERA (1.84). North Greenville will look to finish strong with two CC series left and both on the road. The Crusaders will play Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday and then head to Lees-McRae on Saturday to finish up their season.
Senior Perucci is leading Young Harris to a strong finish.
Having a chance at the top of the PBC, Young Harris was swept by North Georgia. Knocked down of their horse a lag costed the Mountain Lions a loss against Lee in their first game of a double header. However, Young Harris responded coming back and pounding Lee 14-5 in 5 innings and then sweeping Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern to clinch the #4 spot in the upcoming tournament. The strong close may have also cemented a spot for the Mountain Lions in the NCAA regionals. Leading Young Harris is the senior play of Jeanie Perucci who this last week went 9-18 for a .500 while logging a triple and scoring 5 runs and 2 RBI. Perucci also gave a solid 10.1 innings on the mound allowing only 3 runs on 8 hits and striking out 7. The Mountain Lions next game will be in the first round of the PBC tournament against the #5 seed Georgia College who they had swept earlier in the season.
Previous Down South Players of the Week:
- Week 1 – Hannah Reppert; Armstrong State
- Week 2 – Abbey Walters, UNC Pembroke
- Week 3 – Shayna Finley, North Greenville
- Week 4 – Sam Chiudina, Francis Marion
- Week 5 – Hannah Riddle; King University
- Week 6 – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial
- Week 7 – Jordan Deep, North Georgia
- Week 8 – Taylor Scott, Carson-Newman
- Week 9 – Jamie Johnson, UNC Pembroke
- Week 10 – Makenzie Pennell, Pfeiffer
Previous Down South Pitchers of the Week:
- Week 1 – Sierra Hearp; Barton College
- Week 2 – Christine Carver, Coker
- Week 3 – Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne
- Week 4 – Kylee Smith, North Georgia
- Week 5 – Jane Trzaska; Armstrong State
- Week 6 – Ally Marcano, Flagler
- Week 7 – Darby Demarest, Columbus State
- Week 8 – Courtney Smith, Limestone
- Week 9 – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
- Week 10 – Taylor Forehand, Coker