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Five PHCC softball players earn six all-Region spots

April 25, 2013

Patrick Henry Community College had five of its softball players earn six all-Region X selections Thursday night, with two earning first-team spots.

Infielder Mary Skillman and utility player Lindsey Packard were named to the region’s top team, while Samantha Barton, Nikkia Logan and Bridget Farmer earned second-team spots. Barton got two of those, getting the nod at pitcher and utility.

Skillman, a freshman, played at first- and third-base for the Lady Patriots this year.

“Her versatility is the biggest thing that stands out,” PHCC head softball coach Kathleen Brown said of Skillman. “She’s got really quick hands, she’s got a quick first step and she’s got a canon for an arm. So even if she does bobble a ball, she can make up for it with her arm. And she’s fearless in whatever position she’s playing.”

Hitting from the third spot in the lineup, Skillman batted .367 in conference play with three doubles, one triple, one home run and 12 RBI.

Packard earned a first-team spot as a utility player.

“I listed her as utility because she started at four different positions during conference play: left field, right field, first base and third base,” said Brown. “She’s one of those players that you can put anywhere, and she’ll play well for you. She’s also had a few injuries this year that have limited her. She sprained an ankle, and we had to move her to first base for a while just because she couldn’t move well.”

Packard hit .449 in conference play while batting cleanup. She finished with three doubles, a triple, a walk-off homer against Surry County and a .620 on-base percentage.

Barton, a freshman, was named to the second team as a pitcher and utility player. She pitched 81 innings and finished with a 2.15 ERA, going 8-7 as a starter. She appeared in 16 games and tallied 59 strikeouts thanks in large part to good control and an excellent ability to vary the speed of her pitches. At the plate, she hit .392 in the conference and finished with 10 RBI.

Farmer, a sophomore and native of Ridgeway, started in center field for PHCC this season, tallying 26 put-outs and two assists. She hit .288 in conference play and finished with a .315 on-base percentage.

Logan served as the Lady Patriots’ leadoff hitter and secured a second-team nod in the infield. A steadying presence at second base all year, Logan hit .348 in conference play and finished with a .474 on-base percentage.

PHCC finished with a 12-8 record in the conference to tie for third place. Tiebreaker rules led to the Lady Patriots getting seeded No. 4 in the Region X tournament that starts today at Springwood Park in Burlington, N.C.

Patrick Henry will face the No. 5 seed, Southeastern Community College, at 10 a.m. today. PHCC is 4-0 on the year against SECC. With a win, the Lady Patriots would advance to face top-seeded Florence-Darlington Tech (18-2 conference play).

Other players making the all-Region X teams were:

First team: pitchers – Kayla Wright (Florence-Darlington); Morgan Farmer (Florence-Darlington); Chelsea Craddock (Surry); Taylor Surrento (College of the Albemarle); infielders – Courtney Burns (Florence Darlington); Natalie Hauser (Surry); Kambrie Robinson (College of the Albemarle); Taylor Norton (Florence Darlington); outfielders – Ashley Chambers (Florence Darlington); Brianna Bratcher (Surry); Lauren Ward (College of the Albemarle); Brittany White (Surry); utility players – Lilyann Arnold (College of the Albemarle).

Second team: infielders – Kayla Epling (Surry); Amber Suggs (Florence Darlington); Courtney Barnes (Surry); outfielder – Allison Cuthrell (College of the Albemarle); utility player – Taylor Surrento (College of the Albemarle).

Honorable mention: Haven Jones (Southeastern); Paige Anderson (Wake Tech); Jenny Thompson (Southeastern); Danielle Pherribo (Wake Tech).

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