High Point – Amanda Coffrin, Jaelin Griffin, Taylor Koon, and Ashton Withers were named First Team All-Conference while Grace DeBoer earned a Second Team All-Conference nod it was announced by Conference Carolinas on Thursday night.
Amanda Coffrin finished her senior season in style with 19 – wins and just four losses. In her 24 – games this season, the senior hurler carried a very minute .98 earned run average while holding opponents to a .176 batting average. Her ERA ranked her second in the conference and sixth nationally among starting pitchers. Coffrin also led North Greenville with 135 strikeouts.
Jaelin Griffin is one of three underclassmen to burst onto the scene for the Crusaders. Griffin was named the league’s First Team Utility player, having been used by head coach Sarah Hall as a pitcher, at first base, and as the team’s designated player. At the plate, she was one of NGU’s most respected players. Griffin hit .317 for North Greenville and played in al 42 – games. She finished the season with 30 – runs and 20 – RBI from the four spot in the lineup. Her 10 – doubles were most on the team and she also finished with two homers. In the circle, Griffin finished with six wins and allowed just 1.94 earned runs a game.
Taylor Koon gave North Greenville a solid presence behind the plate as well as in the batter’s box. She led the team with a .361 batting average for the season and led the Crusaders with a .471 slugging percentage. Koon finished with nine doubles and a pair of triples while scoring 16 – runs and knocking in 18. In her 42 – games played, Koon had just three passed balls and gunned down 12 attempted stolen bases.
Ashton Withers rounded out NGU’s first-team selections as the leagues First Team selection at designated player. Withers covered for the Crusaders in the field but did most of her damage during the 2018 season at the plate. Withers was second on the team in batting average, hitting .333 as yet another dynamic NGU freshman. She played in all 42 – games for North Greenville and finished tied for a team-high in RBI with 22 runs batted in. In 129 – appearances at the plate, Withers had 43 – hits, scoring 16 – runs racking up six doubles and a homer. She also drew five walks and stole a base.
Rounding out NGU’s All-Conference nods is outfielder Grace DeBoer who earned a second-team selection in her final season at NGU. DeBoer hit .273 during her senior campaign, scoring 17 – runs while knocking in 13. She was third on the team in stolen bases with 10 and drew a team-high 20 base on balls. Her .368 on-base percentage was third on the team while leading the team with seven sacrifice bunts.
The Crusaders will open Conference Carolinas play on Friday at 11 am against Belmont Abbey College.