AMERICUS, Ga. - Georgia Southwestern State University softball players Joshlyn Martin and Hayley Tierce were recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 2017 All-Southeast Region second team.
Martin, a sophomore from Fountain Inn, S.C., started all 54 games this spring for the Lady Hurricanes and led the team in several categories, including batting average (.418), hits (66) and doubles (13). In 186 total plate appearances, she was struck out only twice. Defensively, the first baseman did not commit an error all season.
Martin became the first Lady Hurricane to be named to the All-Peach Belt Conference first team in multiple years after being selected in 2017. She finished the regular season ranked third in the PBC in batting average, sixth in hits and seventh in RBIs.
Tierce, a sophomore from Warner Robins, Ga., started 53 games this season and led the Lady Hurricanes in home runs (12), doubles (13), slugging percentage (.679) and runs batted in (51). Tied for the all-time career home run lead at GSW, Tierce was walked multiple times in six games this spring and turned in 15 multi-hit performances. She also pitched in four games to record a 2-1 record and 3.41 ERA with nine strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings of work.
Tierce finished the regular season atop the PBC in RBIs and was fourth in home runs. She was named to the Peach Belt All-Conference second team for the second consecutive year.
The entire 2017 All-Southeast Region team is listed below.
NFCA ALL-SOUTHEAST REGION
|Pitcher||Kylee Smith||University of North Georgia|
|Pitcher||Ally Marcano||Flagler College|
|Catcher||Sarah Kenley||Lenoir-Rhyne University|
|First Base||Faith Flanders||Georgia College|
|Second Base||Natalie Willis||Newberry College|
|Third Base||Jamie Johnson||University of North Carolina at Pembroke|
|Shortstop||Sydney Sprague||University of North Georgia|
|Outfield||Stephanie Hartness||University of North Georgia|
|Outfield||Erin Boone||Lenoir-Rhyne University|
|Outfield||Kelsey Vining||University of Montevallo|
|Designated Player||Haley Simonds||Newberry College|
|Utility-Pitcher||Lacie Rinus||Carson-Newman University|
|Utility-Non-Pitcher||Alex Watkins||University of North Carolina at Pembroke|
|Pitcher||Brandi Parks||Lenoir-Rhyne University|
|Catcher||Logan Harrell||Armstrong State University|
|First Base||Joshlyn Martin||Georgia Southwestern State University|
|Second Base||Abby Fiessinger||Carson-Newman University|
|Third Base||Makenzie Pennell||Pfeiffer University|
|Shortstop||Hayley Tierce||Georgia Southwestern State University|
|Outfield||Caroline Hill||Limestone College|
|Outfield||Hannah Riddle||King University|
|Outfield||Kaycee Casteel||King University|
|Designated Player||Alishia Frierson||University of North Georgia|
|Utility-Pitcher||Jane Trzaska||Armstrong State University|
|Utility-Non-Pitcher||Elizabeth Perdue||Columbus State University|