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|
|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|
|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.|
|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)