Lee University's Dominique Hannah was voted softball player of the year in the Southern States Athletic Conference, and Laurel Allen and Ana Coscorrosa from the East Division-winning Lady Flames joined her on the all-conference first team. Four other schools had as many or more selections on the 22-player list, led by West Division champion Auburn-Montgomery and East runner-up Brenau with four each. Amanda Lynn, Jennifer Ringle and pitcher Angie Hughes made the all-division team and Lynn, Hughes and Caroline MacAusland were all-freshmen selections from Lee, which beat William Carey 10-2 in five innings in the SSAC tournament Thursday evening in Columbus, Ga. Carey earlier beat Emmanuel 17-2 in five. Katie Deems improved her pitching record to 8-1 for the nationally third-ranked Lady Flames, and fellow senior Charlie Wooden had a pinch-hit three-run home run. Ringle had three hits and Jeneieve Cena had a two-run double in other contributions from the senior class. Lee faces 12th-ranked Belhaven, a 2-0 winner over Brewton-Parker, at noon today.
• The second-year Tennessee Temple softball program beat Ohio Christian 5-1 and finished second to provisional NCAA Division II member Union University at the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East Region tournament Thursday in Jackson, Tenn. Temple's Lady Crusaders (26-19), which won one game last year, avenged a Wednesday loss to Ohio Christian behind Megan Roysden's pitching, as Raven Pope went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, Haley Huskey went 2-for-3 and scored twice and Carley Daniel also had two hits. Amanda Rector had the only hit off Keaton Kirk in Temple's 4-0 loss to Union (23-20), which got a 1-for-2 game with a run scored by Grace Academy graduate Reagan Schrader.
• Nationally third-ranked Lee defeated the University of Mobile 10-0 in pool play Thursday in the SSAC baseball tournament at Columbus, Ga., as Danny Canela went 2-for-2 with two walks and a homer and Cameron Brewster matched him with two RBIs and two runs while going 3-for-4. Josh Silver was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Karsten Strieby was 2-for-3 with two runs and Mark Silva was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run for the Flames (45-10), while Myles Smith and CJ Lusted combined to pitch a seven-inning five-hitter. Smith struck out eight in his six innings. Lee's final pool game is tonight against William Carey, and the winner of that game will play Saturday for the tournament title.
• Eighth-ranked and reigning NAIA champion Tennessee Wesleyan lost 11-4 to Reinhardt late Thursday night in the Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball tournament at Kingsport, Tenn., and will play the Eagles for the third time in as many days today at 1:30 p.m. for a berth against Virginia Intermont to determine the champion. Seventh-seeded Bryan was eliminated with a 5-4 loss in 10 innings to Intermont after following up its elimination Wednesday of third-seeded St. Andrews by knocking out No. 2 seed Union College on Thursday. The Lions (31-26) overtook Union with a four-run seventh inning featuring a leadoff double by Grant Zawadzki, walks for Kevin Layne and Andrew Smith and singles by Cody Rhinehart, Blake Johnson and Chris Jeffries. Zawadzki had three hits, Smith was 2-for-3 and Rhinehart also had two hits for Bryan. Leadoff man Joey Underwood was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored against Intermont (29-17), which won on an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th.
• Rebekah Minear, a home-schooled student in Atoka, Tenn., signed a letter of intent this week to play volleyball at Tennessee Temple University. Minear is a 5-foot-9 setter with three years of experience in the sport, and she has been a part of the Memphis Metro club organization. She wanted to go to a Christian college because she plans a ministry career in music and/or counseling, and she also considered Southwestern Assembly of God University in Texas and looked at Liberty in Virginia. About Temple, she said, "I like how small and cozy it is, and everyone knows each other. And I clicked with the coaches." Head coach Latonia Allen said she put Minear through drills in a campus visit and then watched her in a club tournament and was delighted to see her already incorporating some of Allen's tips. "I like it that she's got some height, and she has the potential to keep improving," Allen said. "And she's the type of kid who wants to be here."
• Sewanee freshman Emily Javadi officially was recognized as both the women's golf player of the year and newcomer of the year in the Southern Athletic Association after her six-stroke win in the league tournament last weekend in Birmingham, and fellow Baylor alumna Alyssa Brown of Centre and Signal Mountain's Sarah Dolmovich of Birmingham-Southern also made the All-SAA first team after tying for second. Sewanee's Alison Eleey and BSC's Kaleigh Toole, another former Baylor player, were second-team selections.
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