FIVE CRUSADERS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE POST SEASON HONORS
High Point, N.C.> Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams were determined by vote from each softball head coach of participating league institutions.
Nominations are collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Conference First Team, and All-Conference Second Team. Awards were presented at the Conference Carolinas softball team banquet at the Conference Tournament Championships hosted by The City of Burlington at Springwood Park, in Burlington, NC.
The North Greenville softball team earned a solid showing on this year’s lists with school record five players earning first or second team all-conference honors. The Crusaders also claimed the Conference Carolinas Player of The Year, with Rachel Glazebrook claiming the honor after her final season in red and black.
Rachel Glazebrook put together a stellar senior campaign during the 2014 season for the North Greenville softball team both at the dish, and on the mound. Glazebrook ranked 2nd in the conference in strikeouts with 229 and wins with 17 and was first in the league boasting a 1.38 earned run average. Her numbers at the plate were equally impressive, swinging the bat at a .398 (2nd in the league) with 31 runs batted in (2nd in the league) with four homeruns, and eight doubles. She also scored 19 runs, batting from the three hole in the NGU lineup. Glazebrook was also NGU’s lone Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team selection for her solid season in the circle.
NGU was also well represented on the Conference Carolinas All-Conference Second Team with four players earning recognition from league coaches. Junior Sarah Armstrong was one of the team leaders at the plate for the Crusaders this season, anchoring the leadoff or two spot in the lineup, while quarterbacking the outfield from her centerfield position. She finished the season with a .324 average at the dish, leading the team with 48 hits, 34 runs, and 19 walks. She also had a homerun and 13 RBI.
Also earning a spot was junior right hander Cassi Carpenter. Carpenter helped the Crusaders at the plate, and in the circle in 2014, with four wins, and an even 3.00 earned run average, anchoring a solid pitching rotation for the Crusaders. She also registered 31 hits, with 17 runs scored, and 23 runs batted in. She also spent time at 3rd base, posting a .918 fielding percentage.
The north Greenville lineup boasted several freshmen contributors in 2014, two of which played their way to post season honors. Morgan Roach took over the catching duties for the Crusaders in 2014, and turned into one of NGU’s most consistent hitters. She played in 41 games in her first year, and was fourth on the team with a .312 batting average. She pounded out 35 hits, including five home runs, which was fifth best in Conference Carolinas. In her 41 games, Roach had just eight passed balls, and threw out three base stealers.
Rounding out the softball post season honors for NGU is freshmen third basemen Megan Johnson. Johnson was another solid first year option for Sarah Hall and the Crusaders, taking over duties at third base, while also seeing time behind the plate, spelling Morgan Roach. She saw action in 38 games during the 2014 campaign, spreading around 33 hits, with a homerun, 16 runs scored, and 16 RBI.