Adkins and Kelly named to NFCA First Team All-South Region

Adkins and Kelly named to NFCA First Team All-South Region

NFCA All-Region Teams

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Wednesday afternoon the All-Region teams where Saint Leo softball saw two player earn All-South Region honors. Senior hurler Stephanie Adkins and freshman second baseman Kacie Kelly were named to the first team honorees.

Stephanie Adkins, who was a 2016 NFCA First Team All-South Region selection, posted a 21-7 record over the regular season in which she helped the No. 15 Saint Leo softball team win the Sunshine State Conference title for the second consecutive season. Adkins, an All-SSC First Team selection and Pitcher of the Year, led the conference in ERA (1.47), strikeouts (163) and wins (21) in her 33 appearances. Adkins tossed 171.1 innings and held opponents' batting average to a .215.

Kacie Kelly, the SSC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, makes the first team after an impressive first season in the Green and Gold. Kelly, an All-SSC First Team honoree, led the SSC in batting average (.445), on-base percentage (.505), and hits (77) while she was in the top 10 in slugging percentage (.523), RBI (34), doubles (13), and at-bats (173).

Adkins and Kelly will lead the Lions into the NCAA South Region 2 when Saint Leo hosts the regional on May 11-13 at University Softball Stadium. The Lions will tango with the Lions of North Alabama on Thursday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET. No. 15 Saint Leo welcomes in No. 17 Alabama-Huntsville, North Alabama, and Lee.

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2017 All-South Region First Team
Pitcher Stephanie Adkins Saint Leo University
Pitcher Becca Taylor University of West Florida
Catcher Carly Crawford Mississippi College
First Base Hayley Cruthers Valdosta State University
Second Base Kacie Kelly Saint Leo University
Third Base Kaitlyn Bannister  University of Alabama in Huntsville
Shortstop Jessica  Mohl  Valdosta State University
Outfield Magnolia West Palm Beach Atlantic University
Outfield Taylor Hartenbach Valdosta State University
Outfield Katherine Lee Mississippi College
Designated Player Abigale McKinney Lee University
Utility-Pitcher Tyler Harrison  University of Alabama in Huntsville
Utility-Non-Pitcher Shelby Woodard University of North Alabama