BRISTOL, Tenn. – After winning the regular season Conference Carolinas championship, four King University softball players earned all-conference recognition. Hannah Light was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year, and first team all-conference. Cassie Ringstaff and Christina Melcher joined her on the first team while Fallon Thomas earned second team honors.
Light hails from Coeburn Va., and had a record of 22-13 at the end of the regular season, including a 12-2 mark in Conference Carolinas play. The junior led the league in wins (22), complete games (29), shutouts (5), innings pitched (247.2) and strikeouts at 207. As of April 14, Light ranked third in the country with 21 wins and ninth with 203 strikeouts. This is the first time Light has been named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the year, and the first time she has been named first team All-Conference Carolinas. A season ago she earned second team all-conference honors.
For the second consecutive season, Melcher has earned first team All-Conference Carolinas. In her sophomore season, Melcher compiled an overall batting average of .414, which ranked second in the league while hitting a blistering .466 in Conference Carolinas play to lead the conference. The Orlando, Fla., native led the conference in overall runs (42), hits (79), doubles (17) and total bases at 124. Melcher also led the team with eight home runs and 34 runs batted in, both of which ranked fourth in the conference.
Ringstaff earned first team All-Conference Carolinas for the first time after leading in the league with 21 stolen bases. The Richlands, Va., native also lead the conference with 16 sacrifice hits. Overall, the junior posted a .281 batting average, but in conference play she hit a blistering .410 to rank fourth in the league. Ringstaff's 45 hits ranked her fourth on the team and fifth in Conference Carolinas.
A native of Bristol, Va., Thomas earned second team All-Conference Carolinas after blasting six home runs this season. The junior ranked in Conference Carolinas' top-10 in five offensive categories. Her six home runs ranked ninth while she ranked fifth with 45 hits. She also showed a good eye at the plate, walking 19 times to rank fifth in the conference, and her 72 total bases ranked third on the team and seventh in league. Defensively, Thomas threw out a league-high 15 would-be base stealers. This is the second time she has earned all-conference honors as she was named first team all-conference a season ago.