LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) softball players were recognized as All-Region honorees in the New England region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Assocation (NFCA) when the teams were announced last week.
Gordon’s Megan Jenkerson (McDonough, Ga.) was a Second Team selection at third base, earning her the highest honor among the group. A pair from Western New England, Gabby Lavinio (Dalton, Mass.) and Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) were both Third Team choices. Joining the two Golden Bears on the third team were Endicott’s Emily Sharpe (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Roger Williams’s Meredith Moise (North Reading, Mass.).
All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions.
MEGHAN JENKERSON, GORDON, SECOND TEAM NEW ENGLAND REGION
Jenkerson added the award to her growing list of accomplishments in her first two seasons after breaking the program record with 10 home runs during the 2017 season and being named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference First Team. She was voted the top player at third base in the CCC after finishing top five in a majority of hitting categories in the conference. She also added the program's first CCC Player of the Week honor in over a decade. Jenkerson led the conference in home runs with 10, three better than the second-best player, which also ranks her top 20 in the nation in Division III. The sophomore batted .431 for the year, which has her atop the league. She also finished near the top in runs batted in with 32, ranking fourth. The All-CCC First-Teamer broke single-season marks in hits (50), home runs (10), doubles (12), HBP (six) and games player (37). The team also won 15 games in a season for the first time in program history.
EMILY SHARPE, ENDICOTT, THIRD TEAM NEW ENGLAND REGION
Sharpe, a first-time All-CCC Second Team selection, appeared in a career-high 26 games as a junior catcher/designated player for the Gulls. She batted a career-high .410 with a career-high/team-best .577 slugging percentage. Additionally, she was fourth on the team in hits (32) with seven doubles (third-most on the team) and a career-high two home runs. Sharpe recorded 16 RBIs (third-most on the team). With eight multi-hit games and three multi-RBI efforts, Sharpe also owned the longest hit streak on the team this season by hitting safely in 13 games from April 17 to 29. She also reached base safely in 15 games for the second-longest streak on the team this season. On the field, she made a career-high 88 putouts with 13 assists and just two errors in 103 total chances for a .981 fielding percentage with one double play and caught 21.4 percent of potential base stealers (6-of-22) .
MEREDITH MOISE, ROGER WILLIAMS, THIRD TEAM NEW ENGLAND REGION
In her final season as RWU, Moise has been one of the top offensive players not only on Roger Williams but also in the CCC. She led Roger Williams and the conference with 43 runs scored and 55 hits. She topped RWU in batting average (.377) and on-base percentage (.459) in addition to ranking ninth and seventh in the CCC in those categories, respectively. Her .493 slugging percentage was second-best on the team and 14th best in the CCC.
AIMEE KISTNER, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND, THIRD TEAM NEW ENGLAND REGION
Kistner made an immediate impact for the Golden Bears both at the plate and in the circle during her first season with the program en route to Rookie of the Year and All-CCC Second Team accolades. Offensively, Kistner hit .396 (36-for-91) with seven doubles, one triple, four homers and 27 RBI while scoring 29 runs and drawing 19 walks. She emerged as one of the top players in the CCC over the second half of the season, batting .568 (21-for-37) with four doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI during a 14-game stretch from April 11-23. The Taunton, Mass. native was also a top pitcher for the Golden Bears, as she appeared in 15 games with nine starts (four complete games), posting a record of 6-4 with a 2.88 earned run average and 49 strikeouts in 73.0 innings.
GABBY LAVINIO, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND, THIRD TEAM NEW ENGLAND REGION
Lavinio, a 2016 NFCA All-New England first team honoree, caps her career with another All-Region selection following a strong senior campaign. The Dalton, Mass. native was named to the All-CCC First Team for the second consecutive year after batting .385 (40-for-104) with 15 doubles (1st in CCC), one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI through the end of the regular season. Lavinio also scored 27 runs and walked six times while stealing four bases. She posted a 17-game hitting streak from March 13–April 14 and recorded multiple hits in 12 of 35 games this season.
The majority of information in this release is courtesy of the NFCA, Endicott, Gordon, Roger Williams, and Western New England Sports Information Departments.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.