LYNCHBURG, Va. –Emory & Henry College sophomore designated player Caley Hodge has been named to the 2016 VaSID All-State College Division Softball Second Team. It is the first time in her collegiate career that Hodge has earned All-State honors.
The Elizabethton, Tennessee native was also selected to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference First Team after leading the team in batting average (.395), base hits (47), extra-base hits (15), home runs (seven), RBI (37), walks (15), hit by pitches (seven), on-base percentage (.486) and slugging (.647). She had hitting streaks of six and five games over the course of the year, reaching base safely in 32 of 42 games.
Over the course of the year, Hodge had 13 multi-hit games, 10 multi-RBI games. She had a five-game stretch where she batted .706 (12-for-17) with eight RBI, six runs scored, four extra-base hits, and three walks. Her efforts during that week earned her ODAC Player of the Week accolades.
Emory & Henry finished the year with a 15-27 record, going 7-11 in ODAC play. The Wasps reached the ODAC Tournament for a third year in a row as well.
It is the first time since the 2013 season that an E&H player has been recognized by VaSID. That year, senior Ashley Ebersole and freshman Hannah Bays notched All-State Second Team accolades at catcher and third base, respectively.
Virginia Wesleyan College swept the major awards with Cassetty Howerin and Kandis Kresinske being named State Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Kresinske was tabbed as the State Rookie of the Year while Marlin mentor Brandon Elliott was named State Coach of the Year.
The VaSID All-State teams are selected by sports information directors of member institutions of the Virginia Sports Information Directors across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VaSID, founded in 1983, selects teams in two divisions (University and College) for 12 sports and three single-division teams in addition to Academic All-State teams across all sports.
2016 VaSID College Division
All-State Softball Teams
P – Kandis Kresinske - Virginia Wesleyan
P – Mary Beth Smith - Averett
P – Mary Shipp - Virginia Wesleyan
C – Madison Gilman - Randolph-Macon
1B – Cassetty Howerin - Virginia Wesleyan
2B – Leslie Bourgeois - Lynchburg
3B – Mariah Foltz - Eastern Mennonite
SS – Jessica Long - Averett
OF – Courtney Bogan - Virginia Wesleyan
OF – Kimberly Brady - Shenandoah
OF – Scoop Simon - Christopher Newport
DP/UT – Mackenzie Chitwood - Lynchburg
P – Tara Heatwole - Christopher Newport
P – Candace Whittemore - Randolph-Macon
P – Courtney Rudd - Ferrum
C – Carli Hill - Eastern Mennonite
2B – Taylor Dix - Averett
3B – Samantha Ely - UVA-Wise
SS – Kiersten Richardson - Virginia Wesleyan
OF – Katie Smith - Roanoke
OF – Danielle Powell - Lynchburg
OF – Skylar Dickens - Lynchburg
OF – Meagan Jones - Christopher Newport
DP/UT – Caley Hodge - Emory & Henry
VaSID Player of the Year – Cassetty Howerin, Virginia Wesleyan
VaSID Pitcher of the Year – Kandis Kresinske, Virginia Wesleyan
VaSID Rookie of the Year – Kandis Kresinske, Virginia Wesleyan
VaSID Coach of the Year – Brandon Elliott, Virginia Wesleyan