While the 2018 season did not end the way Randolph-Macon softball had hoped, the magnitude of the season's accomplishments cannot be overstated.
The Yellow Jackets finished with a 40-7 record, smashing their all-time single season wins record. On Wednesday, three members of the team were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association when All-Atlantic Region teams were unveiled.
Junior pitcher Candace Whittemore (Patrick Henry) earned First Team All-Region honors. Whittemore finished 2018 with 142 strikeouts, a 1.30 ERA and a 15-4 record. She was earlier named to the NFCA/Schutt Sports Division III National Player Of The Year watch list.
Sophomore Sami Davidson earned First Team All-Region honors as well, as the catcher batted .417, driving in 29 runs with three home runs and eight doubles. While Davidson was five for six in stolen base attempts, she gunned down opposing runners with regularity, throwing out 15 of 21 players trying to steal on her.
Freshman Madie Rhoads finished a magical debut season for the Yellow Jackets with Second Team All-Atlantic Region accolades. Rhoads, who won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Rooke of the Year award, finished with a 13-3 record, not losing a game during regular season play, including the complete game win at defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan. Rhoads struck out 147 batters and led the team in ERA at 0.80, a mark good enough for tops overall in the ODAC.
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