TCC Softball Land 6 On All-Conference Team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 20, 2007) – Tallahassee Community College placed six players on the Coaches All-Panhandle Conference Softball Team, announced on Friday.

Freshmen Brittany Welch and Kaila Jenkins and sophomore Shea Lodes were selected to the first team. Another pair of first-year players, Denise Betonio and Hilary Carver were second-team members while sophomore Andrea McIntyre and freshman Allison Conyers were Honorable Mention selections in voting conducted by the conference’s six head coaches.

Welch, from New Milford, Pa., has put together a stellar rookie season as a two-way player for the Eagles. In 45 games, she has batted .393, second on the team, with a TCC record 13 home runs and 41 RBI, both tops on the team. She is also tied for the team lead in hits (46) and has posted a team-high .795 slugging percentage. Welch has also been a valuable asset on the mound, posting a team-best 15-7 record with a 1.82 ERA. Earlier this season, she received FCCAA Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks, first as a pitcher, then for her offensive performance.

Jenkins, from Severna Park, Md., came on strong after missing the early part of the season due to injury. In 28 games, she has batted a team-high .409 with one home run and 17 RBI. Her most impressive performances came during the league season when she batted .379 with a team-best 25 hits and seven doubles. Like Welch, she left her mark on the mound as well, compiling a 2-2 record and 2.16 ERA.

Lodes, from Belleville, Ill., and a transfer from Eastern Illinois University, has batted .354 with 31 RBI in 42 games, seeing action behind the plate and at first base. With ten home runs, she, too, surpassed TCC’s previous single-season record of eight. She led the team in batting average (.383), home runs (7) and RBI (21) during PC play.

Betonio, from Artesia, Calif., has appeared in 41 games behind the plate and at third base. She batted .292 with two home runs and 17 RBI.

Carver, an outfielder from Prattville, Ala., has batted .312 with eight RBI in 38 games. She leads the team with 14 stolen bases and is the only position player to post a 1.000 fielding percentage.

McIntyre, a shortstop from Christiansburg, Va., started all 45 games in which she appeared this season. She batted .308 with one home run and 24 RBI. She also tallied a team-best 11 doubles and tied for third on the team with 45 hits.

Conyers, from Cameron Park, Calif., has appeared in 30 games and batted .347 with eight RBI. She recorded six stolen bases in eight attempts.

The Eagles completed the 2007 PC season with an 11-9 record and third-place finish in the league standings. They will take a 31-15 record into their regular season finale at home on April 28 against Florida Community College-Jacksonville.

TCC will open play in the FCCAA Gulf District Tournament on Friday, May 4 against Suncoast Conference Runner-Up St. Petersburg College. The double-elimination tournament takes place in Auburndale, Fla.

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