Chitwood, Mabry earn NFCA first-team all-region honors

Chitwood, Mabry earn NFCA first-team all-region honors

Louisville, Ky. -- Two University of Lynchburg sluggers earned first-team spots on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Division III All-Atlantic Region team, the NFCA announced Wednesday afternoon.

Senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) and senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) both become two-time all-region honorees with the announcement.

Chitwood is in the midst of the most productive offensive season in Lynchburg softball history, already surpassing Hornet and Old Dominion Athletic Conference records with 21 home runs and 69 RBI. She is hitting .396 in 49 games with a team-high 61 hits. The all-region honor tacks onto a long list of awards for Chitwood in 2019, including the NCAA Virginia Beach Regional's Most Outstanding Player and first-team All-ODAC accolades.

Mabry earns her repeat spot on the first team with career-highs in home runs (15), RBI (40), hits (57), runs (36) and walks (29). The former All-American was on the regional and ODAC all-tournament teams and was a first-team all-conference selection.

RELATED: 2019 NFCA Division III All-Region Teams

The two power hitters played a huge role in Lynchburg's second-ever NCAA regional title, combining for 11 home runs and 27 RBI in postseason play with a combined .411 batting average.

The 17th-ranked Hornets will play host to No. 18 Emory University in the Lynchburg, Virginia Super Regional this coming weekend. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, May 17 at 2 p.m. with Games 2 and 3, if necessary, scheduled for Saturday.

Lynchburg enters the Super Regional with a 36-13 record in 2019 and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the team's seventh national tournament appearance.

RELATED: No. 17 softball to play host to Emory U. in Super Regional

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