Pogue Player of the Year, Vet Pitcher of the Year in the MEC

Pogue Player of the Year, Vet Pitcher of the Year in the MEC

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- West Virginia Wesleyan took home three of the four top awards in the Mountain East Conference for the 2017 softball season. WVWC's Tori Pogue (pictured right) was tabbed as the league's Player of the Year, while Bobcat ace Hannah Vet (pictured below) was named Pitcher of the Year, and Steve Warner earned Coach of the Year honors. The University of Charleston's Haleigh Christopher was selected as the league's Freshman of the Year.

Pogue, a senior centerfielder from Glendale, Ariz., is the MEC Player of the Year after leading the league with a .459 batting average at the top of the order for West Virginia Wesleyan. She had a hit in 40 of the team's 46 games this year and scored a league-high 59 runs for the Bobcats -- her 1.28 runs scored per game rank fourth in the country. Pogue also had a league-best 26 stolen bases and was outstanding defensively in center for the Lady Bobcats.

Vet, a junior from Naples, Fla., earns MEC Pitcher of the Year honors for the second time in her career after going 19-2 with a 0.64 ERA this season, which is second-lowest in the country. She struck out 110 batters in 142.0 innings of work and allowed just six walks on the season. Vet had 20 complete games with nine shutouts. 

Christopher, a catcher from Huntington, W.Va., was an offensive force in her first season with the Golden Eagles leading the league in slugging (.823), total bases (130), RBI (57), doubles (20) and home runs (14). She was second in the league hitting at a .418 clip.

Warner is the MEC Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons after leading the Bobcats to a 40-6 record and the South Division title. WVWC is ranked seventh in the country in the NFCA poll and is second in the most recent NCAA Atlantic Region rankings. 

In addition to the award winners, the MEC also announced its all-conference teams. The all-conference teams and individual awards are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

All-MEC First Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
C Haleigh Christopher Charleston Fr. Huntington, W.Va.
1B Laura Ashlock Charleston Sr. Kansas City, Mo.
2B Sydney Bennington West Liberty So. Wheeling, W.Va.
SS Alayna Furr Concord Sr. Lovettsville, Va.
SS Caitlyn Stoner Urbana Jr. Mount Gilead, Ohio
3B Jackie Cramer Wheeling Jesuit So. Indian Head, Pa.
3B Alexandra Witt Shepherd Sr. Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 
DP/Util Jessica Rodriguez W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
OF Kaitlyn Konopka Shepherd So. Medford, N.J.
OF Zoe Millard UVa-Wise Jr. Glen Allen, Va.
OF Tori Pogue W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Glendale, Ariz.
P Taylor Brandts UVa-Wise Jr. King George, Va.
P Mallory Chapman Wheeling Jesuit Jr. New Martinsville, W.Va.
P Sayaka Foley W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Peoria, Ariz.
P Hannah Vet W.Va. Wesleyan Jr. Naples, Fla.
         
All-MEC Second Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
C Brittany Allison W.Va. State So. Parkersburg, W.Va.
C Sara Scoone W.Va. Wesleyan Jr. Naples, Fla.
1B Olivia Cleary UVa-Wise Sr. Riner, Va.
2B Alexa Hernandez UVa-Wise Sr. Woodbridge, Va.
2B Brooklyn Waddell W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Buckhannon, W.Va.
SS Monica Carter Charleston Fr. Avon, Ind.
3B Samantha Ely UVa-Wise Jr. Jonesville, Va.
DP/Util Beth Cook Fairmont State Jr. Moorefield, W.Va.
OF Morgan Bruce W.Va. Wesleyan Jr. Lynchburg, Va.
OF Olivia Gore W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Berryville, Va.
OF Rachelle Toppings Charleston Sr. Houston, Texas
OF Molly Welsh Wheeling Jesuit So. Bethel Park, Pa.
P Alli Burdette Charleston Sr. Charleston, W.Va.
P Tara Hanson Shepherd Sr. Morgantown, W.Va.
P Emily Kale UVa-Wise Sr. Shelby, N.C. 
         
Top Honors
Player of the Year: Tori Pogue (W.Va. Wesleyan)
Pitcher of the Year: Hannah Vet (W.Va. Wesleyan)
Freshman of the Year: Haleigh Christopher (Charleston)
Coach of the Year: Steve Warner (W.Va. Wesleyan)