Adamczyk, Borrelli share top honor
The Southern Carolina Conference was well balanced in 2014, and the league's coaches agreed as four teams placed four players on the 2014 All-SCC softball team.
Sun Valley won the conference with an 8-2 record, good for a two-game difference over the second-place tie between Piedmont and Marvin Ridge.
Cuthbertson and Weddington just missed the playoffs after going .500 in the powerhouse SCC.
Sun Valley head coach Rob Enloe was named Coach of the Year by his peers within the conference, and the voting was before he led the Spartans to the 3A state championship.
"It's a great honor," Enloe said of the award. "We have some great coaches in our conference, some people that really know softball. To win the conference title, it was an honor to be selected by them. Obviously the season ended really well for us. ... I can't take all the credit because our team and coaching staff worked together. I told my assistant coaches, Dave Collins and Amy Howell, 'I wouldn't be here without you all.'"
The coaches were split on the vote for the top player in the conference as Sun Valley junior catcher Hannah Adamczyk and Weddington senior third baseman and pitcher AnnaRose Borrelli shared conference Player of the Year honors for 2014.
Borrelli helped Weddington overcome a slow start and make a push that came up just short of a playoff berth.
She batted .437 for the Warriors with four home runs, 23 RBI and six doubles.
Adamczyk was the key that started the Spartans' engine night in and night out.
She finished the season with a .551 average with four home runs, 22 RBI and 11 doubles.
"AnnaRose was consistent all year," Enloe said. "She's a great kid and consummate competitor. She pitched against us some and played third base for them. All season long she was a leader for Claire (Lyerly) and the team at Weddington.
"What Hannah did behind the plate for us and at the leadoff spot was unbelievable. She hit some home runs in the first inning. What kind of weapon is that? Her leadership and command of the pitchers, even in the state championship, she did exactly what we needed her to do to get us the victory. She settled Brittany down ... in the final inning she got the leadoff hit to allow Brittany to drive her around. The night before she did the same thing with Courtney driving her in for the game-winner. They were both very deserving players to win the award."
Spartan sophomore pitcher Brittany Pickett won Pitcher of the Year honors easily for the Spartans after a 16-5 season with 144 strikeouts.
"Brittany Pickett as Pitcher of the Year goes without saying," Enloe said. "Brittany was hands down the best. Occasionally she would struggle but she always got refocused. That night in Enka was just unbelievable and she followed that up with back-to-back strong performances against Aycock, who was averaging eight and a half runs per game."
The Spartans are the only team eligible to return all of their all-conference selections.
Every other team is losing at least half of their selections to graduation.
Final SCC Softball Standings
2014 All-SCC Softball Team
(as voted on by league's head coaches)
Hannah Adamczyk^Junior^Sun Valley
Brittany Pickett^Sophomore^Sun Valley
Courtney Dean^Freshman^Sun Valley
Peyton Taylor^Junior^Sun Valley
Jessica Curtis^Senior^Marvin Ridge
Kelsey Kasza^Senior^Marvin Ridge
Julie Bass^Sophomore^Marvin Ridge
Maddie Boigner^Junior^Marvin Ridge
Coach of the Year - Rob Enloe Sun Valley
co-Player of the Year - Hannah Adamczyk
co-Player of the Year - AnnaRose Borrelli
Pitcher of the Year - Brittany Pickett