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The Wallace State softball program captured its 12th Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 tournament championship during the 2018 season under coach A.J. Daugherty and assistant Sallie Beth Burch, continuing the program’s strong championship tradition, both locally and nationally.
Wallace State finished the 2018 season with a 47-13 record, winning its fourth consecutive conference championship and 12th in the last 16 seasons in dominant fashion. The Lions, who featured 15 freshmen and 16 new faces on the roster, breezed through the conference regular season schedule, winning 29 of 31 games, and went perfect in the ACCC Tournament as part of an 18-game winning streak.
Wallace State also made its 12th NJCAA Division I national tournament appearance and fourth in a row, earning a No. 11 seed in St. George, Utah.
Wallace State softball is indeed a national champion on the field and in the classroom. Since 2003, Wallace State softball has won two NJCAA Division I National Championships (2008, 2013). The Lions were also national runner-up on two other occasions (2009 and 2010) and third in 2012.
Wallace State also featured impressive individual achievements in 2018.
Freshman pitcher Meagan Schwieterman was named an All-ACCC/Region 22 1st-team selection and the 2018 ACCC North Division Pitcher of the Year after finishing the season with a 21-7 record and 2.15 ERA in 36 appearances. She tossed 21 complete games, recording 170 strikeouts in 192 1/3 innings. Schwieterman was also an ACCC All-Tournament selection.
Outfielder Keeli Bobbitt was an All-ACCC/Region 22 selection and the ACCC Tournament MVP. Bobbitt, a freshman from Lamar County, collected team-highs in average (.454), hits (79), runs scored (46), steals (27) and on-base percentage (.489). She added 24 RBIs and a .592 slugging percentage from the lead-off spot.
Sophomores Tanner Robertson and Caroline Burns joined Schwieterman and Bobbitt on the ACCC All-Tournament team.
Sophomore Charlee West led the Lions in the power categories with 14 homers and 51 RBIs. Megan Hill added 42 RBIss.
Wallace State hit .331 as a club with eight regulars hitting .300 or better.
Lauren Keplinger complemented Schwieterman on the mound. Keplinger went 17-2 with a 2.68 ERA.
Wallace State’s sophomore class consisted of Robertson, Burns, West, Jodie Farnetti, Madison Grant and Taylor Stalnaker. The sophomore class was a part of 86 wins, two conference championships and two national tournament appearances in two seasons.
Daugherty has compiled a 86-31 record in two seasons at Wallace State after spending 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, coached at Holy Spirit and American Christian Academy prior to his appointment at James Clemens. While in college, Daugherty served as a student assistant at both Shelton State and the University of Alabama.
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. 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