Hefner earns Southeast Region Player of the Year honors, three others join her on all-region squads

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Carson-Newman junior shortstop Brittany Hefner (Talbott, Tenn.) has been named the Daktronics' Southeast Region Player of the Year by the district's sports information directors. 

Hefner was Carson-Newman's only first team selection for both the Daktronics' all-region team and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-region team. 

Bri Shoemake (Ooltewah, Tenn.) and Kelli Hensley (Knoxville, Tenn.) took home second team honors from both Daktronics and the NFCA, while Elayna Siebert (Knoxville, Tenn.) made the Daktronics' second team. 

Hefner, the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and a first team all-region selection as well, was the conference and nation's leader for RBI with 75. That total reset the single season record for both the SAC and Carson-Newman. Hefner obliterated a school record for home runs in a year with 19 – setting that school record in early March before the season reached its midpoint. 

Hefner finished second in the SAC on the single season homerun chart.  She nearly won the first ever triple crown in SAC history, she was second in the league in batting average with a .451 figure. A two-time SAC player of the week – Hefner was just the fifth player in NCAA Division II history to hit three grand slams in a single season. She had a school record 141 total bases this year and matched a Carson-Newman single game record with eight RBI against Lees McRae.

Shoemake, a second team all-region pick for both Daktronics and the NFCA, collected her second all-SAC first team honor of her career after coming in fifth in the league and third on her team with a .369 batting average.  Shoemake raised that average to .400 in conference play only.  Shoemake is top 10 in the league in hits (52) and runs scored (33). 

Shoemake successfully caught runners stealing 50 percent of the time and threw out 18 runners – the best figure in the league. 

She is second on the team with 15 multi-hit games and is one of two Eagles this year to pound out four hits in a single contest.  Shoemake has ranked the 14th toughest player to strikeout in the nation and the most difficult to fan in the SAC

In spite of a late season injury, Hensley turned it on in conference play.  Hensley batted .386 in all games, which was fifth in the league, but raised it 40 points to .426 in just conference games – the third best tally in the league. 

The freshman gets on base 42 percent of the time in all games and 46 in conference only (15th and 12th in the league respectively). 

Hensley has 12 multi-hit games, including three, four-hit days.  Hensley hits an Eagle best .595 as a leadoff hitter, which has been crucial to getting her aboard to steal 13 bases on 14 attempts

Siebert is fifth in the nation and first in the league with six triples.  She also has a double and home run to her name with a .351 batting average.  As a utility player, she has a .980 fielding percentage with one error playing second base and the outfield. 

Siebert ranks eighth in conference play alone with 21 hits.  When just factoring in conference games. She's ninth in OBP with a .481 mark and 12th in slugging percentage at .562.

2013 Daktronics Softball All-Southeast Region


DISTRICT 3 - Southeast Region

Pitcher of the Year: Carley Tysinger, Catawba

Player of the Year: Brittany Hefner, Carson-Newman



First Team

C – Kim McMillan, North Georgia

1B – Danielle Swygert, Anderson

2B – Jessica Neidigh, Anderson

3B – Kacie Patterson, Armstrong

SS – Brittany Hefner, Carson-Newman

OF – Taylor Merritt, North Georgia

OF – Kori Waugh, Columbus State

OF – Whitney Britt, Queens

P – Megan Barnwell, Armstrong

P – Carley Tysinger, Catawba

P – Mollie Russell, Columbus State

DP – Taylor Cloninger, UNC Pembroke

UT [non pitcher] – Brea Hartley, UNC Pembroke

UT [pitcher] – Shelby Duff, Armstrong



Second Team

C – Bri Shoemake, Carson-Newman

1B – Kaytlin Stroinski, Tusculum

1B – Beth Overman, Mount Olive

1B – Hannah Reppert, Armstrong

2B – Lauren Bessent, Flagler

3B – Haily Jarman, Lenoir-Rhyne

3B – Tristan Faile, Francis Marion

SS – Alexis Mercer, Armstrong

OF – Kelli Hensley, Carson-Newman


OF – Brianna Mulkey, Lincoln Memorial

OF – Kelsey Maffucci, Wingate,

OF – Whitney Little, Flagler

P – Hannah Light, King

P – Dani Gallucci, Georgia College

P – India Kornegay, USC Aiken

DP – Maloree Escue, Flagler

UT [non pitcher] – Molly Whittington, Flagler

UT [non pitcher] – Elayna Siebert, Carson-Newman

UT [pitcher] – Kristen Carr, Columbus State

 

NFCA All-Region Teams

 

Southeast Region

First Team

Pos.

Player

School

P

Mollie Russell

Columbus State

P

Megan Barnwell

Armstrong

C

Kim McMillan

North Georgia

1B

Jessica Fellmeth

Lenoir-Rhyne

2B

Kailtyn White

USC Aiken

3B

Kacie Patterson

Armstrong

SS

Brittany Hefner

Carson Newman

OF

Kori Waugh

Columbus State

OF

Taylor Cloninger

UNC Pembroke

OF

Taylor Merritt

North Georgia

DP

Kristen Carr

Columbus State

U-P

Shelby Duff

Armstrong

U-NP

Larissa Shannon

Erskine

 
 
 
 
 

Second Team

Pos.

Player

School

P

Carley Tysinger

Catawba

P

India Kornegay

USC Aiken

C

Bri Shoemake

Carson Newman

1B

Hannah Reppert

Armstrong

2B

Lauren Bessent

Flagler

3B

Haily Jarman

Lenoir-Rhyne

SS

Alexis Mercer

Armstrong

OF

Whitney Okvist

Georgia College

OF

Kelli Hensley

Carson Newman

OF

Kayla Minger

North Georgia

U-P

Taylor Luff

Francis Marion

U-NP

Brea Hartley

UNC Pembroke