DOBSON — The Surry Community College softball team wrapped up the 2014 campaign as Region X regular season co-champions and third in the Region X Tournament.
Following the 28-14 season, coach Blaine Bullington recognized a number of players with postseason awards.
Natalie Hauser, a Forbush grad, was named the Most Valuable Player for the Knights. Through 38 games, Hauser batted .352 with 11 doubles, 37 runs scored and 26 RBIs. Hauser was also named First Team All Region for the second year in a row, and the Region X Player of the Year.
“She’ll be sorely missed. She led our team in a lot of different ways on the field,” Bullington said. “She was our shortstop for two years. You need a good leader at shortstop.”
The Defensive Player of the Year award went to third baseman Sarah Scott, an East Surry grad.
Scott, who was First Team All Region as well, hit .349 with five home runs on the season.
“She made some tremendous fielding plays from third base spot,” Bullington said. “Nobody is closer to the action than the pitcher and third baseman. The bases are 60 feet, and we were still playing her 45 feet from the plate. I felt like defensively we couldn’t give it to anybody else. She’s been really consistent.”
Scott was also named “Female Student-Athlete of the Year.” The sophomore was a two-year starter with the Knights. At Surry, Scott has served as a mentor to at-risk students at Central Middle School while also organizing and initiating this year’s Operation Christmas Child project that received national recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Scott has earned a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.517 and has been named to the dean’s list and president’s list.
Shey Steelman from Forbush was recognized as the Pitcher of the Year. She posted a 17-7 record this season as a freshman. Bullington said she pitched in all of the Knights’ big games, and met the challenge.
“We’re glad to have the opportunity to get her back,” he said of Steelman, who was also the Region X Pitcher of the Year.
Steelman was also named to the All-Region team, along with Sydney Caudle (Starmount). Catcher Courtney Barnes (Starmount), who had a team-high seven home runs, and infielder Emily Worley (West Stokes) were Second Team All-Region selections.
Candace Newsom won the Coaches Award. Bullington said she was always willing to do whatever it took to help the team this season. He noted that she made a couple of great catches during the team’s final contest in the Region X tournament that kept Surry in the game.
“We had a good run,” Bullington said. “I thought we did very well. We always set the bar very high. They played well. We played against some really tough competition and we held our own, especially in nonconference.”
Patrick-Henry went on to win the Region X Tournament after finishing fourth during the regular season.
Steelman, Newsom, and Morgan Shiflett were named to the All-Tournament team. Also, Worley and Tori Clontz were recognized for their academic achievement. Clontz has a 3.83 GPA and Worley has a 3.683.