LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ten finalists have been selected for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year awards, and University of North Georgia pitcher Kylee Smith is on the list for a third straight year.
It marks the fifth straight season a student-athlete from North Georgia has been named to the list and the third time for the junior who won the Player of the Year award a year ago. This is the first year that a Pitcher of the Year will be awarded.
Other former Nighthawks that have been on the finalist list include Courtney Poole, who won the inaugural award in 2015, and Stephanie Hartness in 2016.
The two award winners will be announced on May 30 following the conclusion of the Division II Softball Championship.
The 10 finalists includes:
Emily Benson, Sr., First Base, Western Washington University
JoBi Heath, Sr., Third Base, University of Central Oklahoma
Sara Keeny, Sr., Outfield, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Allison Lipovsky, Sr., Pitcher, Grand Valley State University
Callie Nunes, So., Pitcher, Concordia University Irvine
MaKray Odom, Jr., Shortstop, Trevecca Nazarene University
Christa Reisinger, Sr., Outfield, Truman State University
Julia Seader, Sr., Catcher, Long Island University Post
Kylee Smith, Jr., Pitcher, University of North Georgia
Ann Marie Torres, Jr., First Base, Colorado Mesa University