Softball Players Earn Postseason Awards for Efforts in 2014

WINTERVILLE—After a 27-7 season that ended just short of a trip to the national championship tournament, eight Pitt Community College softball players have earned Region X Conference recognition for their play in 2014.

Along with freshman Sarah Hanley, sophomores Brooke Bell, Kayleigh Brueck, Taylor Johnson and Jaimee Radel were named All-Region X Conference (First Team). Freshmen Kaleigh Bordeaux and Kayla Ruffin were All-Region X Conference (Second Team) selections.

Bell, Brueck, Johnson and Radel were also named to the All-Region X Conference Tournament team along with sophomore Holly Roberts, who went 3-for-5 with five runs scored, two runs batted in and six walks in four tourney games.

Bell, who divided her time between pitching and playing second base, saw action in all 34 games the Bulldogs played this season and finished 48-for-124 from the plate for a .387 batting average. She led the team in runs scored (30), doubles (10), triples (4), home runs (5) and runs batted in (28).

From the circle, Bell recorded a 7-3 mark in 16 appearances, including 12 starts and a pair of complete games. In 60.2 innings pitched, she struck out 74 batters and allowed 38 runs (21 earned) for a 2.42 ERA.

Radel, who was also named the 2014 Region X Conference Pitcher of the Year, appeared in 26 games with 17 starts, going 15-3 with three saves and a stellar 1.65 ERA. The right-hander tossed 14 complete games, fanned 180 hitters in 122.2 innings, and allowed just 84 hits, 44 walks and 39 runs (29 earned).

Brueck played shortstop in 32 games for Pitt. She batted 34-for-102 (.333) with three homers, 26 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples and 20 runs scored.

Johnson saw time at catcher and as a utility player in 34 games this season. She went .303 from the plate with 23 hits in 76 at-bats. In addition to 23 runs scored, she knocked in 14 more and tallied six doubles, a triple and home run to go along with five stolen bases.

In her first collegiate campaign, Hanley, an outfielder, batted .337, finishing 33-for-98 with four doubles, a triple and a homer. She also recorded 19 RBIs in 32 games played.

Before breaking her hand in a collision with a teammate in practice late in the season, Bordeaux played in 29 games in her first year with the Bulldogs. She posted an impressive .383 batting average (31-for-81) with three doubles and a triple to go along with 22 runs scored, six RBIs and six stolen bases.

Also a newcomer, Ruffin manned third base for the Bulldogs in 31 games. She went 26-for-72 (.361) from the plate and drew 11 walks to produce 20 RBIs, eight doubles and 13 runs scored.

PCC, which was led by 2014 Region X Conference Coach of the Year Junior Bailey, concluded its season April 27 with a 5-3 loss to Spartanburg Methodist College on the final day of the conference tourney, which was hosted by Louisburg College.