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Rachelle Toppings
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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.


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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)


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