FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Standout first-years Cecilia Siegel (Plantation, Fla.) and Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) were named to the USA South West Division Second Team on Thursday morning, as announced by the USA South Conference.
All awards are voted on by the softball coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The first team all-conference and individual award voting are completed by all coaches.
Siegel and White became the first two softball Scotties to ever be named to the season awards list since the team joined the USA South two years ago.
Siegel finished second in the West Division in catcher voting, just behind the conference catcher of the year from Covenant. Her .346 batting average was tops on the team after batting safely in 27 at-bats this spring. The first-year also was the top run producer with 19 RBI and tied for the team lead in doubles with five. Siegel was also a strong presence behind the plate as a part of one of the youngest batteries in the entire conference. She only allowed one ball by her in 29 games and garnered nine assists on the season. Siegel also threw out four runners attempting to steal.
White got stronger as the season progressed, eventually surpassing Siegel for the team lead in hits down the stretch. White's speed at the top of the order posed problems for all of Agnes Scott's opponents this season, as she consistently legged out bunts with ease to create issues on the base paths. Her 13 steals on 15 attempts tied her for 10th in the USA South and she also put down four successful sacrifice bunts in 2018. White finished second in average for the Scotties with a .333 mark, hitting safely 29 times to lead the team. She also scored a team-high 14 times, nearly a fifth of the team's runs this year.
Agnes Scott saw marked improvement, especially at the plate this season. The Scotties turned a woeful .183 team average into a .264 clip in 2018 with four players above or near the .300 plateau, all of which were underclassmen. The Scotties also improved their win margin through the conference season by five games and won their first two USA South games ever.
Junior captain Kayla Quesenberry (Inverness, Fla.) was named the team's All-Sportsmanship award winner.
The Scotties will conclude their schedule with series against Brevard on April 10 and LaGrange on April 19. Agnes Scott finished two games back of qualifying for the conference tournament, which begins on Friday.
You can read about all the USA South award winners HERE.