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Four from PHCC earn 1st team region honors

May 14, 2012
PHCC pitcher Rachel Hawks was named first team all-Region X, along with three other teammates.

PHCC pitcher Rachel Hawks was named first team all-Region X, along with three other teammates.

Four members of Patrick Henry Community College’s softball team earned first-team all-Region X honors for the 2012 season.

Catcher Carly Schmidt, pitcher Rachel Hawks and outfielders Whitney Catterton and Frankie Carleo received top laurels after votes from the region’s head coaches had been tabulated. A total of 16 players made up the Region X first team, and Patrick Henry’s four honorees were tied for second-most of any team behind College of Albemarle (five selections).
“I am very pleased to have such a good representation on the Region X first team,” said PHCC head coach Kathleen Brown. “The girls worked very hard to achieve their awards, and they are very deserving of the honors. Hopefully they can set the pace for the team as we head into the Region X tournament. ”

Schmidt, of Leesburg, led PHCC at the plate, belting a region-best 14 home runs. A sophomore from Leesburg, she also led the region in batting average (.500), while pacing the team in RBI (52) and hits (58). She tied for top team honors in runs scored (43) and triples (1), while her 11 doubles were the second-best mark on the team.

Schmidt is considered a favorite for Region X Player of the Year honors, an award that was scheduled to be announced Thursday evening.

Hawks (22-14 overall) pitched in 44 of the Patriots’ 49 games, logging a team-high 211 innings. The sophomore from Suffolk finished with a 2.35 ERA, struck out 129 batters and walked 55. She gave up 211 hits and 132 runs (71 earned) while pitching virtually every game of note for the Patriots, who earned a No. 2 seed for the upcoming regional tournament.

Catterton tied Schmidt with 43 runs scored on the season and posted solid production in other areas. A sophomore from Richmond, Catterton finished regular-season play with 44 hits, 11 RBI and a .333 average at the plate.

Carleo hit .352 – second most on the team – while also connecting on a team-best 11 doubles. A freshman from Chesapeake, she added 45 hits, 28 RBI and 20 runs scored.

PHCC infielder Danielle Santos earned second-team honors, while utility player Bridgett Farmer was named an honorable mention selection.

The Lady Patriots (31-18 overall, 15-5 Region X) will play No. 3 seeded College of Albemarle (19-22, 14-4) at 10 a.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the regional tournament, which will take place at Fisher River Park on the campus of Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C. The tournament will feature a double-elimination format.

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