BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in program history, the King University softball program has had a player earn All-Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Both Hannah Riddle and Kaycee Casteel were selected second team All-Southeast Region by NFCA when the organization announced their awards on Wednesday.
Both Riddle and Casteel garnered second team All-Conference Carolinas honors, leading the Tornado to a 32-19 record and fourth place finish in the league standings. Riddle has had a spectacular year, leading the southeast region and ranking ninth in the country with seven triples, and ranking 19th in all of NCAA Division II and first in the southeast region with an average of 0.14 triples per game. The Greeneville, Tenn., native ranked seventh in the region with an average of 0.98 runs scored per game and in total bases with 120. Riddle ranked fifth in Conference Carolinas with a batting average of .394 while ranked third with an on base percentage of .485 and second with a slugging percentage of .727. She posted 18 multiple hit games, including a 5-for-5 performance with seven runs batted in against West Virginia Tech. Riddle had 10 games with at least two runs batted in, including two with at least five. She posted a 16-game hitting streak, which was tied for the longest among Tornado.
Casteel has had a stellar season, as her .417 batting average ranked eighth in the region, 68th in the country and second in the league. Her on base percentage of .464 was 21st in the region and fourth in the league. The Bristol, Va., native scored 32 runs, which ranks third among Tornado and 14th in the league. She is one of five Tornado to have at least 11 multiple hit games, including one with four hits. Casteel ended the season in a 13-game hitting streak and 25-game reached base streak.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's eight regions with first and second team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division II All-American squads.