No. 17 Wallace State softball closes season with 50-12 record05/05/2019
Softball’s Meagan Schwieterman named ACCC North Pitcher of the Year05/02/2019
Addie Robinson named 2019 ACCC Player of the Year05/01/2019
No. 12 Wallace State softball closing in on another division title04/23/2019
Wallace State softball is among the premier programs in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), winning 12 ACCC/Region 22 tournament championships and two NJCAA Division I national titles (2013, 2008). The Lions were also national runner-up on two other occasions (2009 and 2010) and third in 2012.
Wallace State continued its strong tradition during the 2019 season, finishing with a 50-12 record and winning the ACCC North Division championship under coach A.J. Daugherty and assistant Sallie Beth Burch.
Wallace State rolled out to a 27-3 start during the 2019 season, climbing as high as 5th in the NJCAA Division I poll. The Lions finished with a 19-2 record at Bobby McCracken Stadium.Read more...
Wallace State also featured impressive individual achievements in 2019.
Wallace State freshman Addie Robinson was named the 2019 ACCC/Region 22 Player of the Year after hitting .396 with a team-high 12 home runs and 77 RBIs. Her single-season RBI total was among the top in program history and she added 15 doubles and 41 runs scored.
Sophomore pitcher Meagan Schwieterman was named the ACCC North Division Pitcher of the Year. She finished the campaign with a 20-5 record and 2.28 ERA in 30 appearances. She tossed 13 complete games. As a freshman, Schwieterman was an All-ACCC/Region 22 1st-team selection, the 2018 ACCC North Division Pitcher of the Year and an ACCC All-Tournament selection.
Outfielders Alysia Anderson and Callie Ryan were each named to the ACCC North Division 1st team. Anderson hit a team-high .423 with 30 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. Ryan hit at a .418 clip with 13 doubles and 40 RBIs.
Outfielder Keeli Bobbitt finished the season with a .401 average. She also led the team in runs scored (63) and stolen bases (31). As a freshman, Bobbitt was an All-ACCC/Region 22 selection and the 2018 ACCC Tournament MVP.
Wallace State hit .364 as a team with eight regulars hitting .300 or better.
Sophomore Lauren Keplinger complemented Schwieterman on the mound. Keplinger went 14-3 with a 2.77 ERA, closing her Wallace State career with 31 career wins.
Wallace State’s sophomore class consisted of Schwieterman, Keplinger, Anderson, Bobbitt, Kaley Anthony, Sydney McKissick, Sidney Edwards, Kalynn Holcomb, Katie Burden, Mabry Norris, Becca Feazell, Hannah Ingram, Morgan Weatherwax and Taylor Goodpastor. The sophomore class was a part of 97 wins in two seasons, winning one conference championship and making one national tournament appearances in two seasons.
Daugherty has compiled a 136-43 record in three seasons at Wallace State, leading the Lions to a pair of conference championships and national tournament appearances.
Prior to inheriting the Wallace State post, Daugherty spent four seasons at James Clemens High School in Madison. He built James Clemens from the ground up beginning in 2012, leading the Lady Jets to a top ranking in Class 7A in 2016 and a final four finish at the state tournament. Daugherty, a 2004 Leroy High graduate, served as a student assistant at both Shelton State and the University of Alabama, while in college.
Wallace State softball excels academically as well, maintaining a presence each year with some of the best GPA’s collectively. The 2018 team registered a conference-best 3.52 GPA, earning the distinction as a NJCAA honorable mention academic team. Jodie Farnetti and Alysia Anderson each achieved 4.0 GPAs for the team.
Wallace State was the 2008-09 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year across the nation after posting a 3.72 GPA.
In 2016, Taylor Beshears was Wallace State’s most recent NJCAA All-American when she made the 3rd team.
In 2015, pitcher Rachel Ragland became the third Wallace State athlete to be named the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Community College Player of the Year. The Pleasant Grove native was also a NJCAA 1st-team All-American and the 2015 ACCC Player of the Year.
Wallace State won its first national championship in 2008, and during a dominant three-year run to the NJCAA Division I title game (2008-10), the program compiled a 193-27 record (68-8 in 2008, 63-10 in 2009 and 62-9 in 2010), captured three ACCC championships and produced six combined NJCAA 1st-Team All-Americans.
During the 2013 national title run, Wallace State knocked off the No. 1, 2 and 5 seeds, clubbing 8 homers and scoring 33 runs in six games. Katie Gentle and BreeAnna Blevins each earned NJCAA First-Team All-American recognition in 2013, while Benson, Gentle, Lindsey DeFee and Blevins earned NFCA All-American nods.
For more program information contact:
A.J. Daugherty, Wallace State Softball Coach