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PBC Announces Softball All-Conference Team

FLORENCE, SC – The Peach Belt Conference announced the 2014 softball All-Conferene team at a banquet in Florence, S.C., on the eve of the PBC Championships at Francis Marion.  Armstrong Atlantic State's Alexis Mercer won her second straight Player of the Year honor while North Georgia' Victoria Sink was named the Pitcher of the Year.  Flagler's Mackenzie Conley was awarded the Freshman of the Year while UNG's Mike Davenport won the Coach of the Year award.

Mercer becomes the second straight Pirate to capture back-to-back Player of the Year honors, April Jowers accomplished the feat in 2011 and 2012.  She is also the third PBC player ever to win the award in consecutive seasons.  In 2014, Mercer was unstoppable, leading the PBC with a .426 batting average and 21 home runs.  Her home run total is one shy of the PBC single-season record.  A two-time PBC Player of the Week, the junior from Rincon, Ga., also led the league with a .526 on-base percentage and leads the nation in slugging percentage at 1.173.

Victoria Sink threw only the second 7-inning perfect game in PBC history in a 7-0 win over Young Harris on April 9.  Tied for the PBC lead in wins, the senior from Hoschton, Ga., is 22-1 on the season with a 1.82 ERA, third-best in the PBC.  She was also ranked in the top 10 in strikeouts, batting average against, complete games, innings pitched and shutouts. Sink is the third Nighthawk to earn the Pitcher of the Year award, joining Jessica Coan and Sarah Phillips, who won the award twice.

Mackenzie Conley had an outstanding freshman campaign for the Flagler Saints.  From Melbourne, Fla., the outfielder started all 52 games for the Saints, hitting .320 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.  A two-time PBC Freshman of the Week, she was third in the PBC in home runs, fourth in RBIs, fifth in total bases and fifth in slugging percentage.  She becomes the first Flagler softball player to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year.

Mike Davenport led the North Georgia Nighthawks to their fourth PBC regular-season championship in the last six years.  Now in his 14th season at the school, UNG is currently ranked #4 in the nation and are the top seed in this weekend's PBC Tournament.  The Nighthawks' are the first team to win 20 league games since they did it in 2010.  The Coach of the Year honor is the fourth for Davenport.

The 2014 softball All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league's head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2014 PBC Softball All-Conference Team

First Team

1b – Kim McMillan, North Georgia
2b – Lauren Bessent, Flagler
3b – Taylor Campbell, Georgia College
SS – Alexis Mercer, Armstrong
C – Casey Googe, Columbus State
OF – Whitney Okvist, Georgia College
OF – Taylor Cloninger, UNC Pembroke
OF – Mackenzie Conley, Flagler
P – Victoria Sink, North Georgia
P – India Kornegay, USC Aiken

DP – Lacye Walker, Armstrong
UT – Kaitlyn White, USC Aiken
At-Large – Kristie Hanewinckel, Francis Marion
At-Large – Brea Hartley, UNC Pembroke
At-Large – Meagan May, North Georgia
At-Large – Courtney Poole, North Georgia

Second Team

Danielle Bernstein, Georgia College
Ashley Burney, Francis Marion
Suzanne Carney, Columbus State
Kristen Carr, Columbus State
Paige Deschaine, Georgia Regents
Abi Leroy, Georgia College
Kalyn Loverich, Flagler
Taylor Luff, Francis Marion
Ollivia McLemore, Armstrong
Jordan Miller, Georgia Southwestern
Christen Moon, Flagler
Kacie Patterson, Armstrong
Hannah Reppert, Armstrong
Lauren Roudabush, Flagler
Chandler Stooksbury, Young Harris
Sydnee Weaver, Young Harris

Player of the Year
Alexis Mercer, Armstrong

Pitcher of the Year
Victoria Sink, North Georgia

Freshman of the Year
Mackenzie Conley, Flagler

Coach of the Year
Mike Davenport, North Georgia