FLORENCE, S.C. – Augusta State senior centerfielder Destiny Echols was named to the 2011 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference squad Thursday night. The first and second-team All-PBC squads were officially announced during the PBC Softball Championship pre-tournament banquet held on the Francis Marion campus.
Echols, a second-team selection, joined ASU juniors Jessica Thornton, Kristen Jones and Kacee Camp on the all-conference squads. Thornton and Jones were first-team honorees, while Echols and Camp were second-team selections.
In just her first season in the program, Echols started all 46 games during the regular season in the Jags' outfield and served as the primary leadoff hitter. From Douglasville, Ga., Echols ranked fourth on the squad in hitting at .313. She led the team in at-bats (150) and her 10 doubles ranked second to only Jones. She was third on the team in runs scored (34), drew a team-best 22 walks and tallied 10 steals in 15 attempts.
Armstrong Atlantic State's April Jowers was named the PBC Player of the Year while USC Aiken's India Kornegay picked up Freshman of the Year accolades. North Georgia's Jessica Coan was tabbed the Pitcher of the Year while her head coach Mike Davenport earned Coach of the Year honors. In all, 34 student-athletes were named to the All-Conference squad, an expansion of two players due to ties at second-team outfielder and second-team at-large.
The fifth-seeded Jags (30-16) open PBC Tournament this morning at 11:00 a.m., vs. No. 4 seed Flagler (38-14). The double-elimination tournament culminates in the championship game on Sunday at 12:00 with an if necessary game to follow at 2:30. The winner of the PBC softball tournament receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Jaguar fans unable to make the trip to Florence can follow all the action at the official tournament website here.
2011 Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Conference Team
1B – Katherine Martin, North Georgia
2B – April Jowers, Armstrong Atlantic State
3B – Hilary Cox, North Georgia
SS – Kasey Knight, North Georgia
C – Ashley Buckett, Armstrong Atlantic State
OF – Shelby Duff, Armstrong Atlantic State
OF – Destinea Schneider, Francis Marion
OF – Nichole Griffin, Georgia Southwestern
P – Jessica Coan, North Georgia
P – Sarah Phillips, North Georgia
DP – Haley Burnett, Georgia College
UT – KRISTEN JONES, AUGUSTA STATE
At Large – Kara Gordon, Columbus State
At Large – Brittany Sheriff, Lander
At Large – JESSICA THORNTON, AUGUSTA STATE
At Large – Morgan Staffins, Columbus State
1B – Breezy Collings, Flagler
2B – Alona Personius, Flagler
3B – Baillie Temples, Armstrong Atlantic State
SS – KACEE CAMP, AUGUSTA STATE
C – Anna Parker, Georgia College
OF – Whitney Okvist, Georgia College
OF – Ansley Williams, North Georgia
OF – Pilar Harden, North Georgia
OF – DESTINY ECHOLS, AUGUSTA STATE
P – Megan Barnwell, Armstrong Atlantic State
P – India Kornegay, USC Aiken
DP – Keela Scott, Armstrong Atlantic State
UT – Holly Berry, UNC Pembroke
At Large – Kelly Riddick, Flagler
At Large – Tori Jolley, Flagler
At Large – Lauren Bessent, Flagler
At Large – Hayley Leissner, Lander
At Large – Ashley Jaramillo, Francis Marion
Player of the Year
April Jowers, Armstrong Atlantic State
Pitcher of the Year
Jessica Coan, North Georgia
Freshman of the Year
India Kornegay, USC Aiken
Coach of the Year
Mike Davenport, North Georgia