By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2, 2014
Logan High School product and University of Charleston freshman player Rachelle Toppings has been named Second-Team All-Mountain East Conference.
Toppings, currently leads the Golden Eagles in batting average with a .408 clip heading into this week. Toppings has started 19 games and has appeared in 33 total as she is 31-for-76 at the plate with seven RBI and a double.
Toppings, mostly a shortstop in her days at LHS, played in the outfield at UC.
The UC softball team currently stands at 33-17 overall and 17-11 in its first season in the Mountain East Conference.
West Virginia Wesleyan, winners of the first MEC regular season, placed four players on the all-conference softball team, with pitcher/infielder Jacqui Omichinski taking Player of the Year honors and Steve Warner earning Coach of the Year accolades. UVa-Wise ace Taylor Brandts was named Pitcher of the Year, and Urbana’s Caitlyn Everhart was tabbed as the league’s Freshman of the Year.
Omichinski, a senior from Abbotsford, British Columbia (Canada), did it all for the Bobcats as a pitcher and at third base. She posted a 14-3 record with a 2.08 ERA with four shutouts and 80 strikeouts. When not pitching, she played third and hit .366 with a team-best seven home runs.
Brandts, a freshman from King George, Va., led the Mountain East Conference with 18 wins on the year against just two losses. She posted a 2.01 ERA and struck out 121 batters in 125.1 innings. She had seven complete game shutouts on the year.
Everhart, a freshman from New Bremen, Ohio, led the Blue Knights with a .377 batting average while starting at shortstop. She topped Urbana in most offensive categories including runs (31), home runs (7), RBI (29), slugging (.607), walks (17) and stolen bases (14).
Warner directed the Bobcats to the MEC title with a 23-5 record. WVWC, ranked 23rd in the most recent NFCA Poll, is 38-10 on the year.
In addition to Omichinski, West Virginia Wesleyan placed three others on the first team in catcher Megan Malenstyn, second baseman Alex Furr and outfielder Olivia Gore. UVa-Wise’s Brandts was joined on the first team by teammates Kristina Romualdo at first base and Christina Ziemba in the outfield. West Virginia State had three players on the first team, and Fairmont State, Glenville State, Notre Dame, Urbana and Wheeling Jesuit each had one first team pick.
The second team is comprised of three players each from Concord and UVa-Wise, two from Fairmont State, and one each from Charleston, Glenville State, Urbana, West Liberty, West Virginia State and West Virginia Wesleyan.
The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.
All-MEC First Team
Pos. Name School
C Megan Malenstyn West Virginia Wesleyan
1B Kristina Romualdo UVa-Wise
2B Alex Furr West Virginia Wesleyan
SS Sarah Parsons Fairmont State
SS Morgan Scarpellini Glenville State
3B Mattie Best West Virginia State
OF Kelsey Coleman Notre Dame
OF Olivia Gore West Virginia Wesleyan
OF Angie Reddick Wheeling Jesuit
OF Christina Ziemba UVa-Wise
DP/Util Sydney Kaplan West Virginia State
P Taylor Brandts UVa-Wise
P Anna Eggleston West Virginia State
P Haley Kolmerten Urbana
P Jacqui Omichinski West Virginia Wesleyan
All-MEC Second Team
Pos. Name School
C Alyssa Morris Concord
1B Amanda Skidmore Fairmont State
1B Alana Weyant West Virginia State
2B Alexa Hernandez UVa-Wise
2B Kristen Rose Concord
SS Caitlyn Everhart Urbana
3B Maggie Starr West Liberty
DP/Util/P Jessica Griffin West Virginia Wesleyan
OF Carly Caldon Glenville State
OF Lauren Lewis Concord
OF Rachelle Toppings Charleston
OF Sarah Willshire UVa-Wise
P Rachel Hawks UVa-Wise
P Nikki Nuzum Fairmont State
Player Of The Year: Jacqui Omichinski (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Pitcher Of The Year: Taylor Brandts (UVa-Wise)
Freshman Of The Year: Caitlyn Everhart (Urbana)
Coach Of The Year: Steve Warner (West Virginia Wesleyan)