Six Hornets named to All-ODAC softball teams

Pictured: the six Lynchburg College softball All-ODAC players with the Lynchburg Hornet logo in the center.

Forest, Va. -- Six Lynchburg College softball players were named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's all-conference teams, the league announced Tuesday morning.

Two Hornets, senior second baseman Leslie Bourgeois (Bealeton, Va.) and junior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.), earned first-team All-ODAC honors, while four players -- junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.), sophomore shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.), senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.), and sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) -- took second-team honors.

It marks the seventh-straight year that Lynchburg has placed at least four players on the all-conference teams, and 2018 is the third time in four seasons that LC has had at least six All-ODAC honorees.

League champion and defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan swept the major awards, as sophomores Madison Glaubke and Hanna Hull were named the ODAC player and pitcher of the year, respectively, and Marlins mentor Brandon Elliott repeated as the league's coach of the year. Randolph-Macon's Madie Rhoads was tabbed the league's top rookie, and Emory & Henry junior Erin Anderson was dubbed the conference's scholar-athlete.

As for Lynchburg, the awards touted one of the conference's and region's best offenses.

Bourgeois, a three-time all-league pick, hit .359 with four home runs, eight doubles, 26 RBI and seven stolen bases.

Coffey heated up during conference play to hit .373 against ODAC opponents and tallied a homer and 23 RBI.

Mabry slugged a team-leading 10 home runs and carried a .411 batting average and .718 slugging percentage through the year. She was second in the conference in home runs and third in slugging.

Hugate earned her second conference accolade with a team-leading two triples to go with 30 RBI and a .365 average.

Dickens became a three-time All-ODAC pick, hitting .367 with a team-leading 54 hits and nine stolen bases.

Commons led the Hornets in batting average for her second appearance on the all-league list, hitting .427 with a homer, eight doubles, 30 RBI, and 25 runs scored.

Lynchburg (30-12) earned its 10th 30-win season, all under current head coach Dawn Simmons, this year and was ranked seventh in the most recent Atlantic Region rankings by the Division III selection committee. The Hornets will learn if they made the national tournament field during the NCAA selection show on Monday, May 7.