SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Western Carolina softball’s Hunter Gibbons’ All-Southern Conference First Team selection led the way as a total of three Catamounts were honored with postseason accolades as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Junior Ashlyn Long was an All-SoCon Second Team selection while Bailey Huneycutt was placed on the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
This is the first time Gibbons, an outfielder from Woodleaf, N.C., was named to the All-SoCon First Team. She was a second-team selection in both her sophomore and junior campaigns. Gibbons is also the 13th Catamount to be named to the SoCon First team and the first since 2016 when the Catamounts placed Taylor Sigmon and Crystal Cyr on the team.
Gibbons leads the Catamounts with a .327 batting average with 48 hits, 27 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple, seven homeruns, and 27 RBI. She has 13 multiple hit games and six multiple RBI games. During the regular season, Gibbons rode a 10-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 13-straight games before both were snapped.
Gibbons broke the home run (35) and RBI (128) career records in her senior campaign. She also became just the fifth Catamount in the program’s history to score over 100 runs in a career resting at 105 ranking fourth in the WCU record books. She ranks second in the Catamount record books for doubles in a career with 34 just one behind senior teammate Madison Armstrong who ranks second with 35. Both are chasing the record of 37 set by former Catamount standout Courtney Price (2014-17).
Long, a shortstop from Willow Spring, N.C., earns her first all-conference postseason honor. She was a SoCon All-Freshman honoree in 2017. She currently ranks second on the team with a .260 batting average with 38 hits, 33 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, six homeruns, and 23 RBI. She is second on the team with 12 multiple hit games and has four multiple-RBI games. Her longest hit streak during the season was nine games along with her longest on-base streak.
Huneycutt, a first baseman from Oakboro, N.C., is the 11th Catamount rookie to be named to the All-Freshman team and the first since Long and Erica Hayes in 2017. She has started 45 games this season with a .259 batting average. She has logged in 29 hits, 22 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple, four home runs, and 10 RBI. She has notched six multiple-hit games and one multiple-RBI game. She also rode a seven-game hitting streak earlier in the season.
Western Carolina softball will be the No. 7 seed in the upcoming 2019 Southern Conference Championships and will face No. 2 seed Samford at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Adult season passes, covering every game of the tournament, are $30 and youth (3-12) are $15. Adult single day passes are $10, youth tickets are $5 and faculty and staff are $5 as well. Students from Southern Conference schools can gain free admission by producing their student ID. And as a note, cash will only be accepted at the venue the day of the tournament.
Please note that Frost Stadium enforces a clear bag policy for all events.
2019 SoCon Softball Awards and All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year
Marissa Guimbarda, Furman, So., DP
Pitcher of the Year
Celie Hudson, Chattanooga, Jr.
Freshman of the Year
Emily Coltharp, Chattanooga, SS
Coach of the Year
Janelle Breneman, UNCG
All-SoCon First Team
P – Stephanie Bryden, UNCG, Sr.
P – Celie Hudson, Chattanooga, Jr.
C – Delaney Cumbie, UNCG, Fr.
1B – Emma Sturdivant, Chattanooga, Sr.
2B – Danielle Castleberry, Mercer, R-So.
3B – Nikki Grupp, ETSU, Jr.
SS – Emily Coltharp, Chattanooga, Fr.
OF – Cammy Pereira, Furman, So.
OF – Shaila Warren, Mercer, So.
OF – Hunter Gibbons, Western Carolina, Sr.
DP – Marissa Guimbarda, Furman, So.
UT – Julia Fritz, ETSU, So.
All-SoCon Second Team
P – Emily DeMonte, Furman, Sr.
P – Bailey Pattison, Mercer, Fr.
P – Mariah Ramirez, Chattanooga, Fr.
C – Amanda Beltran, Chattanooga, Sr.
1B – Marisa Sholtes, UNCG, Sr.
2B – Whitney Hinton, Samford, Jr.
3B – Gabi Howard, UNCG, Fr.
SS – Ashlyn Long, Western Carolina, Jr.
OF – Kelly Warren, ETSU, So.
OF – Micayla Rood, Mercer, So.
OF – Hayleigh Weissenbach, Chattanooga, Jr.
DP – Aly Walker, Chattanooga, Jr.
UT – Morgan Kazerooni, Chattanooga, Sr.
Mackense Greico, Furman
Tori Ash, Mercer
Bailey Pattison, Mercer
Delaney Cumbie, UNCG
Kamryn Graves, UNCG
Gabi Howard, UNCG
Merritt Cahoon, Samford
Emily Coltharp, Chattanooga
Mariah Ramirez, Chattanooga
Bailey Huneycutt, Western Carolina