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Three Earn USA South Softball Honors

Three Earn USA South Softball Honors

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant softball senior Shannon Schmitt was named to the All-USA South and All-West Division first teams, while freshman Jada Allmon was an All-West Division second team member as the conference unveiled its season awards on Thursday.

Hannah Talley was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

All awards are voted on by the softball coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The first team all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

It is the second career All-USA South nod for Schmitt, a senior catcher from Clermont, Fla. Schmitt was also an honorable mention player following her sophomore season in 2016. Schmitt is also the first Covenant player to earn both an All-West Division and All-Conference honor in the same year since the league went to divisional awards last season.

Schmitt is currently hitting .333 with a team-best 17 RBIs and nine doubles to go along with 14 runs scored. Her on-base percentage of .453 also leads the team, aided by her program record 13 hit-by-pitches. She had a 12-game hitting streak at one point during the year and has seven multi-hit games, tied for second most on the team. Behind the plate, Schmitt has thrown out seven runners trying to steal for the season.

Allmon, a freshman from LaFayette, Ga., has had a productive rookie campaign, as she has been the starting shortstop in 36 games on the year. She is hitting .265 with 10 RBIs, 13 runs scored and a .337 on-base percentage. Allmon is also 4-for-4 in the stolen base department. She has also tallied three multi-RBI games and four multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit performances, which is the second most on the team.

Talley, a sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga., was selected as Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team for a second straight year. Talley has played in six games on the year and is 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, both coming against USA South competition.

In the top award winners, Maryville took three honors. Maryville's Morgan Brewer was named the USA South Player of the Year, while Taylor Campbell was Rookie of the Year and Katlyn Smith earned Rookie Pitcher of the Year. Piedmont ace Melissa Eckman was voted Pitcher of the Year and Salem's Scott Long earned Coach of the Year honors as he led the Spirits to an East Division title.

Covenant (20-18) opens up the USA South Tournament on Friday with games one and two of a best-of-3 first round series at LaGrange. Game one is set for 1 p.m.

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