Shore softball has 5 all-conference players and coaching staff of the year

CHESTERTOWN — Punctuating a pennant-winning season and the No. 1 seed in the Centennial Conference softball tournament, Washington College can point to five all-conference players and the coaching staff of the year.

In voting by the conference’s nine head coaches, senior Lexi Barnhart of West Grove, Pennsylvania was named the Co-Pitcher of the Year, sharing the honor with Gettysburg’s Paige Forry.

Coaching honors went to Sally Snover and assistants Eric Widger and Fran Mazza, who led Washington to its 10th Centennial tournament and second top seed.

This is the fifth time in program history that Washington has had the coach of the year/coaching staff of the year; Snover has been honored twice in her four years at alma mater WC.

Junior outfielder Lilly Cook of Linthicum (Glen Burnie High School) and sophomore infielder Jenna Harper of Sugar Grove, Illinois joined Barnhart on the elite All-Centennial first team.

Junior catcher Shannon Rosche of Middletown, Delaware (Appoquinimink) and junior infielder Nevaeh Unzueta of Los Angeles, California earned honorable mention.

Junior outfielder Emmalee Cole of Middletown, Delaware represented Washington on the conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team for the second time; she also was cited for outstanding sportsmanship in 2022.

Barnhart, who also was Pitcher of the Year in 2021, is the first Washington pitcher to win the honor more than once.

She went 8-10 with a 3.25 ERA in 110 innings. She appeared in 20 games, with 19 starts and nine complete games. Her line included 60 strikeouts.

In Centennial play only, Barnhart went 5-2 with a 2.00 ERA in eight games. She pitched seven complete games and a total of 49 innings.

Overall, Barnhart hit .264 with 11 RBI. In conference games, she batted .342 average.

Barnhart is a three-time All-Centennial selection, earning first-team honors in 2021 and landing on the second team in 2023.

In 83 career games in the circle, Barnhart (271 strikeouts) went 33-28 with a 3.57 ERA. She totaled 409 1/3 innings.

She batted .307 with two home runs, 54 RBI, 44 runs scored and 107 hits in 125 games.

Barnhart was the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2021, when she also was Pitcher of the Year.

Cook batted a team-best .352 and led the Shore ladies in hits (37), doubles (10), RBI (26) and total bases (55).

She led the Centennial with 19 RBI in conference-only games.

In 107 career games, Cook is batting .306 with three home runs, 42 RBI, 53 runs scored and 88 hits.

Harper, who moved up from the second team last year, hit .348 with a home run and 21 RBI. She led the locals in on-base percentage (.410) and sacrifice flies (4); was second in batting average, RBI, slugging percentage (.472) and on base+slugging percentage (.882); tied for second in hits (31); and was third in doubles (9).

She led the conference in sacrifice flies.

In two seasons at Washington, she is batting .341 with 27 runs, 58 hits, three home runs and 30 RBI. She has appeared in 64 games with 54 starts.

Rosche hit .375 with five RBI in 24 games (22 starts).

In 41 career games, with 32 starts, she is hitting .271 with nine RBI.

Unzueta transferred to Washington this season from Division II Alderson Broaddus in West Virginia. She hit .310 with a home run and 15 RBI in 38 games (37 starts). She led the team with three triples and tied for second on the team with 31 hits.

Washington finished 20-19-1 on the season, and 11-5 in the Centennial Conference.

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Lexi Barnhart, Lilly Cook and Jenna Harper have been selected to the Academic All-District team by members of the College Sports Communicators.

Harper was placed on the national ballot and will be eligible to be named a CSC All-American, which will be announced later this month.

The CSC Academic All-District Team recognizes athletes for excellence in the classroom and on the playing field.

Criteria include a grade point average of at last 3.5 (that is not rounded up) on a 4.0 scale.

Barnhart, a two-time Academic All-District qualifier, graduated as a dual major in data science and economics with a 3.922 GPA. She was the recipient of the Senior Athletic Award as the female student in the Class of 2024 who, in the opinion of the department, achieved the most in athletics at Washington College.

Cook is a sociology major with a 3.628 grade point average.

Harper, who has not declared a major, has a cumulative GPA of 3.638.

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