The Mercyhurst North East Saints Softball team was honored today with the release of the all-conference teams. The Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) selects a 1st team and 2nd team in softball. Mercyhurst had five players selected to the 1st team and one selected on the 2nd team.
Kiersten Coho was honored as 1st team all WNYAC as a pitcher. The sophomore right hander led the Saints with 20 wins and 182 strikeouts in 170 innings. Her control was most impressive this season, issuing just 21 walks. She also batted .411 for the Saints, with eight home runs and 10 doubles. Five of her eight home runs came in the post season.
Emily Foy was also recognized as a first team selection. The sophomore catcher led the Saints with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, three triples, and 51 RBIs. Foy was consistent all year, finishing with a .430 batting average and was the Saints most clutch hitter. She had 12 RBIs alone in the district tournament.
Sam Mott was the third sophomore selected to the first team. Mott played 3rd, DP, and pitched for the Saints this season. Mott hit .367 with 10 doubles and 3 home runs for MNE. While pitching, Mott had a team best 2.28 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 95 innings. Mott finished the year with 12 wins vs only three losses.
Mackenzie Hawley also made 1st team all WNYAC. The Saints shortstop and leadoff batter led the team with a .432 batting average and scored 65 runs. She also broke the school record for steals in a season with 20. Hawley also added 13 doubles and four home runs to have a great freshman season.
Rounding out the 1st team selections was Kaelyn Shea. The freshman played the first half of the season at 2nd base before shifting to 3rd later in the year. Shea hit .393 for the Saints while scoring 46 runs. She also hit one triple and a home run in the Regional Playoffs to add to her totals.
Making the 2nd team was freshman Grace Edwards. The outfielder hit .366 for Mercyhurst with 10 doubles, two triples, and three home runs. She also scored 41 runs while playing fantastic for the Saints on defense.
The Saints finished the year 37-18 overall and undefeated in conference play to claim the WNYAC Championship.