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Moore Repeats as VaSID Player of the Year; Jeffs and Williams also Named to VaSID All-State Softball Team
The honors mark a return selection to the all-state first-team squad for the trio of players, as each of the student-athletes collected a spot on the all-state roster last season. Jeffs, Moore and Williams helped guide the Lady Flames to a 36-26 record this year, tying for the third-most victories in program history, and helped Liberty capture a share of the Big South regular-season title with an 11-4 league record.
Last year, Moore (Sr., OF, Chesapeake, Va.) became the fifth player in school history to be named the top player in the Commonwealth, and she now becomes Liberty's first-ever repeat Player of the Year honoree. The senior capped off her stellar career at Liberty by being named Big South Player of the Year after leading the Lady Flames in batting average (.434), runs (64), home runs (19), RBI (54), slugging percentage (.855) and walks (46).
Moore, who entered the professional ranks last month when she joined the Washington Glory of the National Pro Fastpitch League, was the only player in the Big South Conference to rank nationally in five different statistical categories, including seventh in slugging percentage, 14th in home runs, 15th in batting average, 16th in runs and 55th in RBI.
Jeffs (Sr., 2B, Roseville, Calif.) led the Big South Conference this year as she broke her own school record with 91 hits, earning her second-straight first-team all-conference nod. She tagged a career-best 15 home runs and ranked 41st in the nation with a .408 batting average.
Williams (Jr., C, Lilburn, Ga.) earned her third-straight Big South second-team all-conference honor after batting .351 with 33 runs scored, 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 47 RBI and a .610 slugging percentage. In just three seasons at Liberty, Williams ranks second in school history in doubles (39) and RBI (135) and third in hits (187) and home runs (31).
Joining Moore as top honorees in the Commonwealth were Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher, who repeated as Pitcher of the Year, and Virginia's Kelly Haller, who was tabbed the state's Rookie of the Year. Tincher posted the fourth-most strikeouts in NCAA single season history (617) to go along with a 38-7 record and a 0.54 ERA, and Haller batted .409 with 11 home runs in her first year with the Cavaliers.
Hampton's Tiny Laster was named VaSID Coach of the Year. He guided the Lady Pirates to an unblemished 14-0 record (36-13 overall) in MEAC play to capture the regular-season title, just prior to the 19-year head coach passing away after succumbing to a lengthy battle with a kidney disease. Laster is one of the winningest coaches in the history of the Commonwealth, recording 537 victories (537-303-1 career record) since taking the head coaching position in 1989.
2007 VaSID University Division All-State Softball Team
VaSID All-State First Team
C Ashley Williams – Liberty
1B Kelly Haller – Virginia
2B Dawn Jeffs – Liberty
SS Ryan Washington - Longwood
3B Maggie Wolfe – Hampton
OF Caitlin Hooe - Longwood
OF Jessica Moore – Liberty
OF Caroline Stolle – Virginia Tech
DP Callie Rhodes – Virginia Tech
P Jenny Clohan – James Madison
P Angela Tincher – Virginia Tech
VaSID All-State Second Team
C Jennifer Gonzales – Hampton
1B Jenn Chavez – James Madison
2B Brittany Davis – Hampton
SS Cassie Rhodes – Radford
3B Hope Creasey – Radford (tie)
Amber Kirk – James Madison
OF Ashley Carlson – Radford
OF Jessica Everhart – Virginia Tech
OF Kaitlyn Wernsing – James Madison
DP Ashley Taylor – Radford
P Amanda Black – Hampton
P Ashley Taylor – Radford
Player of the Year
Jessica Moore, Liberty
Pitcher of the Year
Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech
Rookie of the Year
Kelly Haller, Virginia
Coach of the Year
Tiny Laster, Hampton
Supporting Information for Liberty's award winners:
Ashley Williams – Liberty (Jr./Lilburn, Ga.)
Team Record: 36-26 Avg: .351 GP-GS: 62-62 AB: 205 R: 33 H: 72 2B: 14 3B: 0 HR: 13 RBI: 47 SB: 1-1 FLD%: .983
Supporting Information: 2006 VaSID first-team selection … three-time Big South second-team all-conference honoree (2005, 2006 and 2007) … tied for the team lead and ranked third in the Big South in doubles … second on the team in RBI … third on the team and in the conference in home runs … posted career numbers in hits, doubles and slugging percentage (.610) … batted .392 with 11 runs scored, three doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and an .804 slugging percentage against Virginia schools (16 games) … in just three seasons at Liberty, Williams ranks second in school history in doubles (39) and RBI (135) and third in hits (187) and home runs (31).
Dawn Jeffs – Liberty (Sr./Roseville, Calif.)
Team Record: 36-26 Avg: .408 GP-GS: 62-62 AB: 223 R: 55 H: 91 2B: 14 3B: 1 HR: 15 RBI: 37 SB: 4-6 FLD%: .955
Supporting Information: 2006 VaSID first-team selection … two-time Big South first-team all-conference honoree (2006 and 2007) … named Big South Player of the Week twice … broke her own school record with 91 hits this year … hit a career hit 15 home runs to rank second on the team and in the conference … ranked 41st in the nation with a .408 batting average and 66th in home runs per game … batted .386 with 16 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, six home runs, 12 RBI and a team-best .825 slugging percentage against Virginia schools (16 games).
Jessica Moore – Liberty (Sr./Chesapeake, Va.)
Team Record: 36-26 Avg: .434 GP-GS: 62-62 AB: 173 R: 64 H: 75 2B: 12 3B: 2 HR: 19 RBI: 54 SB: 13-16 FLD%: .968
Supporting Information: 2006 VaSID Player of the Year … two-time VaSID first-team selection (2006 and 2007) … 2007 Big South Player of the Year, marking the second time in her career she has taken home the honor (also in 2005) … 2007 Louisville Slugger Southeast second-team selection … only player in the Big South Conference to be ranked in five different national statistical categories … ranked seventh in slugging percentage (.855), 14th in home runs per game (0.31), 15th in batting average, 16th in runs per game (1.03) and 55th in RBI per game (0.87) … batted a team-best .444 with 15 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, two home runs, 10 RBI and a .750 slugging percentage against Virginia schools (16 games), while drawing 19 walks in 16 games … graduated from the school as the program's all-time leader in batting average (.419), runs (191), hits (229), walks (100) and home runs (58), while ranking third in doubles (41) and triples (10) and fourth in stolen bases (39).