Senior pitcher Maddie Monroe was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year for the fourth time in her career, while coach Glen Crawford was named the AAC Coach of the Year. Alexis Chumbler, a freshman and Creekview product, garnered AAC Gold Glove Outfielder honors.
Monroe, who was 22-0 on the season, shares the Pitcher of the Year honor with Micalah Sacre of Virginia Intermont. Monroe struck out 181 batters in 150.1 innings and has an earned run average of 1.02.
Chumbler hit .383 in the regular season with four home runs and 27 RBIs. She had a fielding percentage of .938 with three assists from the outfield.
Chumbler said she was excited to win the award and that it was unexpected.
“I was kind of surprised,” she said. “I just hope to go out there and do my best and contribute as much as I possibly could and it just paid off.”
Chumbler said the competition at the college level is obviously higher, but that adds to the excitement. She said she has made some adjustments to her swing and has seen it pay off.
“With the last couple home runs I have had and just getting through the ball, I have seen a difference,” Chumbler said.
The Eagles (38-4) had found plenty of success with their young team.
Crawford praised not only Chumbler, but all the players who have had an early impact.
“She went out and did the work and did what she needed to do to get it and I’m excited for her and proud of her for getting it,” said Crawford. “It’s something that when I recruited her, I knew she was that type of kid and that special kid, who could achieve that if she worked hard and she did.
“The great thing is that she
wasn’t the only young player making an impact. We have a team of young kids, who made an impact and she is one of them. It shows that our future is very bright if we keep working hard out there.”
Additionally Monroe and Chumbler were named First Team All-Conference, along with freshman catcher Kaley Garmon, sophomore right fielder Haley Brannon, freshman outfielder Shelby Sinclair, freshman utility player Tyler Sampson and freshman designated hitter Katie Blair. A few players earned Second Team All-Conference honors, including senior first baseman Kelsey Floyd, senior shortstop Lindsey Booker, and freshman third baseman Kandi Gates.
Garmon led the Lady Eagles with a .423 batting average and had a team-leading 40 RBIs. She had 19 extra base hits. Brannon, another Creekview product, hit .331 with six homers and 37 RBIs. As a pitcher, Brannon went 8-0.
Booker, Brannon, Monroe, Sampson and senior Callie Ann Poole also earned AAC All-Academic honors.