PBC Announces Softball All-Conference Team

Montevallo's Kelsey Vining, PBC Player of the Year
Montevallo's Kelsey Vining, PBC Player of the Year

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – The Peach Belt Conference announced the 2017 softball All-Conference team at a banquet in Milledgeville, Ga., site of the PBC Tournament.  Montevallo's Kelsey Vining was named the PBC Player of the Year while Armstrong State's Jane Trzaska was named the Pitcher of the Year and teammate Tazha Williams the Freshman of the Year.  Flagler College head coach Kristen Overton was named the PBC Coach of the Year.

A junior centerfielder from Plano, Texas, Vining is the most decorated player in the brief three-year history of Falcon softball.  The 2015 PBC Freshman of the Year, she was named a first-team NFCA All-American in 2016.  In 2017, she is hitting .395 with four home runs and 35 RBIs.  Named to the DII Player of the Year watch list, she is hitting .456 against league opponents, best in the conference.  She also is fifth in the PBC with 24 stolen bases, leads the league in triples and has a .636 slugging percentage.  She becomes the first UM player to be named the PBC Player of the Year.

Jane Trzaska made 20 appearances in the circle for Armstrong State, going 13-5 with a 1.32 ERA.  That number dropped to 1.01 against conference opponents, best in the league.  A senior righthander from Glen Ellyn, Ill., she tossed 12 complete games, nine of those in conference,  and held batters to a PBC-best .168 average.   She had a 43 1/3 –inning scoreless streak during the season and was named the PBC Pitcher of the Week twice.  She also played in the outfield, hitting eight home runs with 25 RBIs and a .324 batting average.  Trzaska becomes the first Pirate to be named the Pitcher of the Year since Megan Barnwell in 2012 and the third overall.

Tazha Williams made an immediate impact for Armstrong State, hitting .327 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.  An outfielder from Metter, Ga., she is fourth in the PBC with a .692 slugging percentage; .746 in conference games.  Twenty of her 34 hits this year went for extra bases as she was fourth in the PBC in triples.  A PBC Freshman of the Week, Williams had a .407 on-base percentage, stole five bases and did not make an error in center field.  She is the second Armstrong State player to ever be named the PBC Freshman of the Year, joining Annie Sells who won in 1999.

Kristen Overton's Flagler Saints were picked to finish 10th in the PBC Preseason Coaches Poll coming off a 2016 season in which the team did not make the PBC Tournament field.  The 2017 Saints are already nine wins better than last year and doubled the amount of league wins to finish 18-6 in conference play.  Flagler will be the #3 seed in this week's PBC Tournament, their best seed ever.   In her ninth season at the helm, Overton's Saints are ranked in the PBC's top four in ERA, shutouts, opponent batting average and triples.  She claims the PBC Coach of the Year for the first time.

The 2017 All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league's head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Peach Belt Conference Softball
2017 All-Conference Team

First Team

1b – Faith Flanders, Georgia College
2b – Hannah Coursey, Georgia College
3b – Jamie Johnson, UNC Pembroke
SS – Whitney Woodard, Flagler
C – Mackenzie Conley, Flagler
C – Logan Harrell, Armstrong State
UT – Jeanie Perrucci, Young Harris
UT – Jane Trzaska, Armstrong State
DP – Joshlyn Martin, Georgia Southwestern
OF – Kelsey Vining, Montevallo
OF – Stephanie Hartness, North Georgia

OF – Danielle Bernstein, Georgia College
P – Kylee Smith, North Georgia
P – Ally Marcano, Flagler
At-Large – Katie Collins, Armstrong State
At-Large – Kia Smith, Columbus State

Second Team

Kaylyn Anthony, North Georgia
Briana Barzola, Francis Marion
Destiny Clyde, Lander
Macy Coleman, Armstrong State
Holland Coursey, Georgia College
Lexi Duncan, North Georgia
Alishia Frierson, North Georgia
Hannah Harrison, Young Harris
Nikkie Kovalsky, Young Harris
Natalie Murphy, Flagler
Elizabeth Perdue, Columbus State
Hannah Reppert, Armstrong State
Sydney Sprague, North Georgia
Hayley Tierce, Georgia Southwestern
Abbey Walters, UNC Pembroke
Tazha Williams, Armstrong State

Player of the Year
Kelsey Vining, Montevallo

Pitcher of the Year
Jane Trzaska, Armstrong State

Freshman of the Year
Tazha Williams, Armstrong State

Coach of the Year
Kristen Overton, Flagler

(L to R): PBC Coach of the Year Kristen Overton, Player of the Year Kelsey Vining, Pitcher of the Year Jane Trzaska and Freshman of the Year Tazha Williams
PBC 1st Team All-Conference
PBC 2nd Team All-Conference