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SUNYAC softball yearly awards announced

SUNYAC softball yearly awards announced

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) is proud to announce its annual softball awards for the 2018 season. Pitcher, Player, and Coach of the Year awards as well as All-Conference teams are voted on by conference coaches. 

Player of the Year: Rebecca Vilchez, Oswego

Vilchez had an outstanding junior season for the Lakers with an overall batting average of .378 and an impressive conference average of .429. She notched 45 hits in 119 at-bats overall, and scored 32 runs, 23 in conference play. Throughout 34 games she recorded 2 homeruns and only 12 strikeouts, and led the conference in doubles and RBI with 15 and 22, respectively. In conference, she recorded an overwhelming .555 slugging percentage. In addition to her offensive performance, she had only five errors in 104 chances, recording a .952 fielding percentage. Vilchez received both Pitcher of the Week and Athlete of the Week honors this season.

Pitcher of the Year: Rebecca Vilchez, Oswego

In the circle, Vilchez recorded 14 wins in 30 appearances for the Lakers. In conference play, she notched an impressive 1.35 ERA, allowing only 68 hits and striking out 38 in 82 and two thirds innings. She also led the conference in homeruns allowed at zero, and allowed only six walks. Overall, she allowed 52 earned runs, 134 hits, no homeruns, and recorded a 2.61 ERA. Vilchez becomes the first athlete to receive both Pitcher and Player of the Year honors. 

 Rookie of the Year: Caroline Koch, Oneonta

In her rookie season, Koch was a true freshman, starting 35 out of 36 games for the Red Dragons. She slugged 39 hits, including seven doubles and two homeruns, in 103 at bats overall and had an impressive .385 in-conference batting average. She recorded a .505 slugging percentage, and led her team with 27 RBI. In the field, she posted a .920 fielding percentage, with 48 putouts and 102 assists. Koch will return a seasoned shortstop for the Red Dragons in the 2019 season. 






Coach of the Year: Dave Sylvester, Geneseo

Under Sylvester, the Knights of Geneseo claimed the SUNYAC Championship title for the first time since 2002. The team is currently 30-7 overall, and went 13-3 in conference play, earning them hosting rights and the first place seed for the 2018 SUNYAC tournament. The Knights defeated the Red Dragons of Cortland, 5-1 to earn the SUNYAC title on their home field. The Knights will advance to the NCAA Regional this weekend in a quest for a World Series appearance.





2018 SUNYAC Softball All-Conference Teams (PDF)

First Team        
Name School Pos Yr Hometown/ High School
Sam Van Dorn Cortland P Jr. Medford, N.Y./ Patchogue-Medford
Rebecca Vilchez Oswego P So. Franklin Square, N.Y./ H. Frank Carey
Selena Ruiz Oneonta C Jr. Westbury, N.Y./ W.T. Clarke
Skyler Hoyt Cortland 1B Sr. Endicott, N.Y./ Union-Endicott
Makenzie Keeler Fredonia 2B Fr. Jamesville, N.Y./ Jamesville Dewitt
Julia Blujus Buffalo State SS Jr. Amherst, N.Y./ Sacred Heart
Andrea Schoonmaker Cortland SS Sr. Marlboro, N.Y./ Marlboro
Bailey Schwark Oneonta 3B So. Port Ewen, N.Y./ Kingston
Dana Del Genio Oneonta OF Jr. New Hartford, N.Y./ New Hartford
Kelly O'Gorman Cortland OF So. Clifton Park, N.Y./ Shenendehowa
Alyssa Persich Geneseo OF Jr. East Northport, N.Y./ Commack
Danielle Szymkowiak Buffalo State OF Sr. Cheektowaga, NY / Cheektowaga
Hannah Feldman Cortland DP Jr. Buffalo, N.Y./ Sweet Home
Jennifer Groat Plattsburgh U Jr. Ballston Spa, N.Y./ Ballston Spa
Second Team
Name School Pos Yr Hometown / High School
Alyssa Bluethgen Oneonta So. Commack, N.Y. / Commack
Taylor Moore Geneseo P Jr. Stillwater, N.Y. / Stillwater
Karleigh Eaton Brockport C Sr. Endicott, N.Y. / Union-Endicott
Katelyn Dennis Fredonia 1B Sr. Webster, N.Y. / Webster Schroeder
Lindsay Wachna Brockport 1B Sr. Syracuse, N.Y. / Onondaga
Caroline Koch Oneonta SS Fr. New City, N.Y. / Clarkstown South
Kaitlyn Preiss Plattsburgh SS Jr. Cornwall, N.Y. / Cornwall
Taylor Felicello Cortland OF Fr. Marlboro, N.Y. / Marlboro
Samantha Hubinsky Potsdam OF Sr. Gansevoort, N.Y. / South Glens Falls
Danni Napoli Geneseo OF Jr. Wading River, N.Y.  / Riverhead
Madelana Wrubel Oswego OF Fr. Yorktown Heights, N.Y. / Yorktown
Angela Frampton Oswego DP Jr. Corning, N.Y. / Corning


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