Junior is the First Washington College Player to Earn the Conference's Player of the Year Award
LANCASTER, Pa. – Junior pitcher/outfielder Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) has been named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year as the Centennial announced its annual softball awards today following a vote by the conference's nine head coaches. Harcum is the first Washington College softball player to be selected the conference's player of the year.
Joining Harcum on the first team was senior outfielder Elaina DiPrimio (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) as five Shorewomen earned all-conference honors. Sophomore pitcher/first baseman Maddie Bennett (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman pitcher/outfielder/first baseman Rachel Butler (York, Pa./Central York) garnered spots on the second team. Junior catcher Allyson Meil (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) was tabbed honorable mention.
Representing the Shorewomen Nine on the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team is junior pitcher Milly Kawabata (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita).
Harcum had a strong season in the circle and at the plate. In the circle, she went 12-7 with a 2.03 ERA and in conference was 6-2 with a 1.40 ERA. She tossed 10 complete games, hurled a pair of shutouts and struck out a career-best 107 batters in 131 innings this season. Harcum, who also had one save, finished second in the conference in strikeouts, third in ERA and appearances (24), tied for fourth in wins, fifth in strikeouts per game (5.72) and seventh in complete games. In conference-only games, her 1.40 ERA was fourth in the conference and was second in the CC strikeouts in conference-only games (47) and strikeouts per CC game (6.58). Her six CC wins was tied for third. At the plate, she is second in the Centennial with a .419 average and hit .533 in conference-only games, which was tops in the CC. She is second in the conference in sacrifice hits (8), third in on base percentage (.460), sixth in slugging (.524), seventh in hits (44) and triples (2), eighth in runs (22) and 10th in total bases (55). In Centennial-only games she was second in on-base percentage (.563), hits (24), sacrifice hits (5) and RBI (15), third in runs (13) and slugging (.689), fifth in triples (2) and sixth in total bases (31). Harcum led the Shorewomen in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, innings pitched, complete games, strikeouts and ERA in 2017.
This is the second time Harcum has been named all-conference as she was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.
DiPrimio, a first time all-conference pick, moved from left field to centerfield to anchor the WC defense in the outfield this season. She finished second on the team with a .364 batting average and had a team-best 47 hits. She was also tops on the team in being hit by pitch (6) and second on the squad in doubles (11), on-base percentage (.435) and slugging (.473). In the conference, she is second in doubles, hit by pitch and plate appearances (148), third in hits, sixth in on-base percentage and at-bats (129), tied for sixth in total bases (61) and eighth in batting. The junior hit one home run and drove in 16 this season for the Shorewomen.
Bennett led the team in home runs (3), RBI (28) and doubles (14) as she hit .290 on the season. She is currently the lead in the conference in RBI and doubles and is fourth in at-bats (131), fifth in plate appearances (145), tied for fifth in home runs and tied for sixth in total bases. Her 14 two-baggers were the most by a WC player since Lauren Dockrill '14 had 18 doubles in 2013. In the circle, the sophomore tied for the team lead in wins as she went 12-8 with a 2.97 ERA. She struck out 98 hitters in 106 innings pitched as she tossed eight complete games and one shutout. In the conference, she is third in batting average against (.217), also a team-best, fourth in strikeouts and tied for fourth in wins. In Centennial games, she was fifth as she fanned 40.
This is the second time in as many years that Bennett has been named all-conference. Last year she was first team all-conference and Centennial Conference Pitcher and Rookie of the year.
Butler, who earned all-conference honors in her rookie campaign, hit .341 with the Shorewomen with nine doubles and 19 RBI. She is tied for ninth in the conference in doubles and was third on the team. She was tied for fourth on the team in RBI and was one of four players to have 19 or more RBI on the season, including four RBI in an 8-0 win over Swarthmore on April 11 in game one of the doubleheader.
Meil scored a team-best 26 runs, stole a squad-high 13 bases and tied for the team-high in triples with three as she hit a career-high .317. The junior in conference-only games hit .385, good for eighth in the CC. She was tied for third on the Shorewomen in hits with 39. In the conference, she is tied for second in triples, third in runs scored, tied for fifth in steals, tied for eighth in sacrifice hits (5), ninth in at-bats (123) and 10th in plate appearances (139). This is the first time Meil has garnered all-conference recognition.
Each Centennial Conference member institution was permitted to nominate one student-athlete who exemplifies the best in sportsmanship for the All-Sportsmanship Team. This is the first All-Sportsmanship honor for Kawabata. Kawabata went 1-0 this season with a 3.37 ERA in 27 innings with 25 strikeouts. She was the winning pitcher in the team's 9-7 game two win at McDaniel on April 8, the only loss the Green Terror had in regular season conference play this season.
The Shorewomen went 25-16 overall and had their best-ever Centennial mark as they went 13-3. Since the arrival of head coach Lacey Lister for the 2009 season, the Shorewomen have had 39 all-conference selections and have had at least one first team pick every season.