BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Thursday the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced their Academic All-District honorees for baseball and softball and three Tornado were selected. Both Ryan Whitt and Dylan Sligh of the King baseball team earned recognition as well as Hannah Devotie of the Tornado softball team.
Devotie earns honors in her first year at King as she carries a 4.0 GPA while majoring in Athletic Training. The Johnson City native ranks second in Conference Carolinas and 27th in all of NCAA Division II in stolen bases. She swiped 31 bases on 33 attempts for an average of 0.62 steals per game. She ranked second on the team and ninth in Conference Carolinas with 59 hits on the season and ranks 14th in the league with a batting average of .347. Devotie led the team and ranked 13th in the league with 31 runs scored on the season. She ripped her first home run of the season, an inside the park home run against Barton College. The junior also ranked second in the team with 16 multiple hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance with two runs scored at Lees-McRae College.
Devotie was the only student-athlete from a Conference Carolinas member school to be selected CoSIDA Academic All-District.
Whitt earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the first time as he graduated last week, carrying a 3.45 GPA while majoring in Sports Management. The Brentwood native leads Conference Carolinas with a batting average of .430 and an on base percentage of .507 while ranking second with a .686 slugging percentage. In the middle of the season he had a 16-game hitting streak and closed his career on a 10-game hitting streak.
Whitt leads the Tornado and ranks ninth in the league with nine home runs on the season and is 11th on the conference with three triples. In the NCAA Division II rankings, Whitt ranks 26th in batting average and his 74 hits are 34th in the country and fifth in Conference Carolinas. He also leads the Tornado in runs scored and runs batted in, scoring 46 runs, a mark that is sixth in the league and driving in 45 runs to rank seventh in the conference. His best series of the season may have come at the University of Mount Olive where he ripped four home runs, including three in the final game of the season where he went 4-for-4 and drove in four.
In his first season at King, Sligh earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as he is majoring in Business Management and carries a 3.93 GPA. On the field, the Lynchburg, Va., native had to deal with some injuries, but ended the season hitting .325, playing in 34 games. He posted a nine-game hitting streak in the middle of the season and recorded 12 multiple hit games, including going 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in at Lincoln Memorial University. Sligh also drove in at least two runs in a game six times, including when he drove in four at Brevard College where he went 3-for-6 in the contest. Ended the season with four home runs, five doubles and 20 runs batted in.
Whitt and Sligh were the only two student-athletes from a Conference Carolinas member school to be selected CoSIDA Academic All-District.
All three of these student-athletes are now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors which will be announced on May 25.