AUGUSTA, Ga. – On the eve of the 2015 Softball Tournament Championship, the Peach Belt Conference announced that GRU Augusta’s Paige Deschaine, Brooke Stephens, Molly Walton, and Hannah Wilson have been named to the 2015 All-Conference team.
Junior Paige Deschaine was named to the PBC first-team for her performance on the mound this year. She ended the regular-season ranked second in the league with a 1.54 earned run average and her 157 strikeouts were the fifth-most of any pitcher in the conference. She went 15-1 on the mound and logged 16 complete-game performances in her 18 starts. Batters hit only .171 against Deschaine in her 118 innings pitched.
Named to second team All-Conference was seniors Brooke Stephens and Molly Walton and sophomore Hannah Wilson. Stephens led the Jags in almost all offensive categories, while her .384 batting average ranked her 10th in the PBC. Stephens is tied for sixth in the league with 43 RBI and her nine homers are tied for the sixth-most in the PBC.
Walton and Wilson each hit .336 for the third-best batting average on the team, tied for the second most hits (43), and each started all 42 games. In her senior year, Walton paced the Jags with 40 scored runs and led the team in sacrifice bunts and was second in steals.
In her debut season in a Jaguar uniform, Wilson stole 16 bases to lead GRU and rank ninth in the Peach Belt. Wilson’s eight homers were the second most on the squad and her 20 walks tied for the team high. Wilson recorded 27 RBI and a .578 slugging percentage which were each third best for GRU.
North Georgia’s Kim McMillan was the Player of the Year, Courtney Poole as named the Pitcher of the Year, and UNG Head Coach Mike Davenport was named PBC Coach of the Year.
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The 2015 PBC Softball Conference Team is listed below as selected by the leagues head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. Due to a tie in voting the Second Team All-Conference had 17 players instead of the standard 16.
2015 SOFTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
1b – Kim McMillan, North Georgia
2b – Abi Leroy, Georgia College
SS – Alexis Mercer, Armstrong
3b – Sarah Magill, Young Harris
C – Autumn Parrish, Armstrong
OF – Danielle Bernstein, Georgia College
OF – Sydnee Weaver, Young Harris
OF – Kelsey Vining, Montevallo
P – Courtney Poole, North Georgia
P – Paige Deschaine, Georgia Regents
Utility – Jeanie Perrucci, Young Harris
DP – Rachel Reynolds, Armstrong State
At-Large – Peyton Roth, Armstrong
At-Large – Shannan Lopez, Francis Marion
At-Large – Sierra Newman, Armstrong
At-Large – Kailey Boone, Columbus State
Briana Barzola, Francis Marion
Marisa Boyette, Georgia College
Kristen Brooks, Georgia College
Mackenzie Conley, Flagler
Taylor Gerhart, UNC Pembroke
Brea Hartley, UNC Pembroke
Carly Lewis, Georgia College
Meagan May, North Georgia
Rachel McElroy, Georgia Southwestern
Ollivia McLemore, Armstrong
Victoria Prince, North Georgia
Rachel Reynolds, Armstrong
Darby Stanford, Young Harris
Brooke Stephens, Georgia Regents
Molly Walton, Georgia Regents
Georgia Webb, Young Harris
Hannah Wilson, Georgia Regents
Player of the Year
Kim McMillan, North Georgia
Pitcher of the Year
Courtney Poole, North Georgia
Freshman of the Year
Kelsey Vining, Montevallo
Coach of the Year
Mike Davenport, North Georgia