Taylor Rogers’ breakout college softball campaign brought a big honor this season.
The Mill Creek grad and Georgia Southern standout was named the Southern Conference freshman of the year, making her the first Eagle since Allie Miles (a Dacula grad) in 2011 to win the individual award. Rogers also was a first-team all-conference selection at designated player.
She hit .387 this season with 24 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.
Georgia Southern teammate Morgan Robinson, a Parkview grad, made the second team at first base and North Gwinnett’s Alaina Hall, who plays at Elon, was a second-team outfielder.
Robinson hit .268 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.
Hall was in the league’s top 10 in a number of categories, including fielding percentage (tied for first), batting average (.344, tied for fourth), runs scored (54, tied for sixth) and stolen bases (17, third). She also had three home runs and drove in 15.
Rogers, Robinson and Hall all were selected to the league’s all-freshman team.
Sagermann honored by SEC
Mill Creek grad Nikki Sagermann was named to the All-Southeastern Conference second team this week.
Sagermann leads Kentucky with 12 home runs, fifth-most in a season in program history, and 43 RBIs, the sixth-highest total in school history. She had nine homers and 20 RBIs in SEC play, moving into the school’s top 10 for career home runs with 19.
Rudnik, Ardeeser make All-Peach Belt team
Buford’s Josh Rudnik and Grayson’s Clay Ardeeser were named to the All-Peach Belt Conference baseball team this week.
Rudnik, a senior at Young Harris, was a first-team outfielder. He hit a team-high .361 with nine home runs, 42 RBIs and 24 stolen bases this season. He also scored a team-best 55 runs. Young Harris, in its provisional year of the NCAA Division II membership process, wasn’t eligible for the conference tournament.
Ardeeser, a junior at Georgia College and State University, was a second-team pick at first base despite hitting a league-high .433 during the regular season. He had nine home runs, 59 RBIs and scored 55 runs.
Carr, Gouge finish strong for VSU
Brookwood grads Clint Carr and Michael Gouge, both sophomores, had strong seasons for Valdosta State this spring.
Carr, a catcher, led the Gulf South Conference in runners caught stealing and had a .982 fielding percentage. He hit .278.
Gouge, a third baseman, hit a team-high .368, third-best in the conference, with a .471 on-base percentage. He also went 8-for-14 (.571) in the Gulf South tourney.
Gwinnett grads shine at Gordon
Gordon College got big contributions this season from Gwinnett products Tyler Hutch, Garry Gwaltney and Hunter Thornton
Hutch, a Hebron grad, hit .352 with 31 RBIs and a .472 on-base percentage. Gwaltney, a Mountain View grad, hit .361 with 22 RBIs and Thornton, a Parkview grad, hit .264 with 17 RBIs.
Hunt picks up honors
Dacula grad and Cumberland wrestler Zeke Hunt earned a top honor from his school recently, as well as being named to the All-Mid-South Conference first team.
The senior was an NAIA All-American for the second straight year as a senior, placing sixth in the national tournament at 174 pounds. He went 25-9 in his final season and finished college with 97 career victories.
Hunt also was given the prestigious Lindsey Donnell Award, presented to one Cumberland student-athlete who excels in both academics and athletics. He has a 3.78 GPA in engineering science.
Buchholz named all-conference
North Gwinnett grad Taylor Buchholz, who plays at Methodist University, was named to the All-USA South Conference first-team for both the regular season and the conference tournament.
Buchholz was 11-8 at No. 2 singles this season, including 5-1 in USA South play. He went 14-5 in doubles with all but one match at No. 1.
Brown, Hall earn all-conference
Gwinnett grads Davis Brown and Cory Hall were named all-conference this week by the Southern Athletic Association.
Brown, a Wesleyan grad, was named first-team all-conference midfielder for the fourth straight year. The Sewanee senior had 22 goals and six assists this season.
Hall, a Peachtree Ridge grad who plays at Berry, also was a first-teamer. The junior attacker led Berry with 48 goals and 13 assists for 61 points.
Krahn makes all-state team
Oglethorpe junior and Mill Creek grad Jordan Krahn was named to the Georgia Cup Women’s Division III All-State Team this season.
Players with the lowest scoring averages at the end of the season make the team.
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