Lee Only Lady Royal Named To All-State Team

Lisa Lee helped lead the women from the circle and the plate in her final collegiate season.

Senior Lisa Lee (Buckingham, VA/Buckingham County) added one more award to her collection as she was named 2012 All-State Second Team as a utility player by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Lee was also named All-Region Second Team and All-ODAC Second Team.

She was second for the Lady Royals this spring with a .405 batting average, and led the team with 35 runs, 10 stolen bases and a .750 slugging percentage.  She added eight homeruns, 12 doubles and 29 RBIs.  As a pitcher, Lee led Eastern Mennonite with a 12-5 record with a 2.25 ERA.

In her final season, Lee established career program records with 27 homers, 141 runs, and 42 wins as a pitcher.  She also helped the team break season program records with 49 longballs and a .542 slugging percentage.

She was also named VaSID All-State First Team in 2011.

EMU finished 27-13 this spring, tying last year's club for the second-most wins in program history.

Coming off their fourth-place finish in the NCAA Tournament, Roanoke College earned two of the three major 2012 VaSID College Division Softball awards.

The Maroons' Mike Mitchell earned Coach of the Year honors while newcomer Kelly Higbie picked up VaSID Rookie of the Year accolades. Virginia Wesleyan sophomore outfielder Tori Higginbotham was tabbed as the VaSID Player of the Year for the College division.

Higginbotham helped lead the Marlins the No. 1 seed in the ODAC Tournament. She batted .465 on the year, leading the conference in batting, hits, runs scored, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Higginbotham was named a 2012 NFCA second-team All-American, while garnering ODAC Player of the Year and Atlantic Region first-team laurels.

Mitchell guided his team to a 35-11 record in 2012, earning him Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Co-Coach of the Year accolades. Roanoke cruised through the ODAC and NCAA Tournaments, as the unranked Maroons finished fourth overall at the Division III Championships in Salem, VA. The success of Roanoke had a lot to do with freshman hurler Kelly Higbie.

Higbie was named as an All-ODAC first teamer and ODAC Co-Rookie of the Year in helping the Maroons to the ODAC crown. She was also named a NFCA All-Atlantic Region second teamer along with being tagged as the ODAC and NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player. She finished the season with 1.39 ERA, posting a 30-10 record with 36 complete games and 261.1 innings pitched.

The complete teams are listed below. For more information about VaSID, log onto the new home of the Virginia Sports Information Directors at www.vasidsports.com.

VaSID College Division Player of the Year – Tori Higginbotham, VWC
VaSID College Division Rookie of the Year – Kelly Higbie, Roanoke
VaSID College Division Coach of the Year – Mike Mitchell, Roanoke

All-State First Team
C – Chelsea Mitchell, CNU
1B – Sabrina Hill, CNU
2B – Jen Falin, CNU
3B – Brianna Bertovich, VWC
SS – Ashley Gardner, Randolph
OF – Tori Higginbotham, VWC
OF – Leona Rainey, Roanoke
OF – Karly Thompson, Ferrum
DP – Gina Pagano, Randolph
UTI – Hannah Shumaker, Ferrum
P – Kelly Higbie, Roanoke
P – Kristina Karagiorgis, VWC

All-State Second Team
C – Felice Lowery, Roanoke
1B – Morgon Lamon, Mary Washington
2B – Kelly Keys, VWC
3B – Patti Vinson, Randolph
SS – Stephanie Clark, Roanoke
OF – Kelly Foate, CNU
OF – Brittany Guepe, Shenandoah
OF – Lauren Stevenson, Randolph
DP – Sarah Heretick, Bridgewater
UTI – Lisa Lee, EMU
P – Kaitlyn Culler, Ferrum
P – Whitney Haller, CNU