ROCKINGHAM — For the second straight year, the Southeastern Conference’s softball Player of the Year award will go to the same household.
It’s just that a different member of the family earned it this season.
After seeing older sister Summer win it last year, Doodle Jacobs was selected as the SEC’s top player in voting by the coaches, it was revealed this week.
This marks the fourth consecutive season a Richmond player was honored as the league’s POTY. In 2012, Casey Snead garnered the award. The following year, Cierra Bowden walked away with the prize before Jacobs snagged it in 2014.
In addition to those four, two other players have earned the Player of the Year award during Wendy Wallace’s tenure as coach at Richmond. Brittany Tedder was the POTY in 2008 and Maggie McKenzie also received that honor two years later.
Hoke’s Heather Glass was named as the SEC’s Coach of the Year. This snapped Wallace’s two-year streak of being honored by her peers. Glass led the Bucks to a 17-8 record and the second round of the state 4A playoffs.
Jacobs, a junior, is a three-time all-conference pick. She hit a team-high .524 this season with 10 doubles, five triples and 14 runs batted in. Jacobs scored a team-leading 33 runs this season and was second on the team with 15 stolen bases.
Jacobs also earned all-state honors as a sophomore and freshman.
In addition to Jacobs, four other Richmond players were named to the all-conference squad.
Senior second baseman Katie Satterfield was honored for the second time as an all-SEC selection. This season, Satterfield batted .398 with 10 doubles and a career-high six home runs. Satterfield drove in a team-high 36 runs. She was also an all-state pick last season.
Senior first baseman Chelsea Davis is a first-time all-league honoree despite the fact she earned all-state honors as a junior. Davis led the team with 10 home runs. She also hit .367 this season with nine doubles and 27 RBIs.
Carleigh Haywood, NaLee Jacobs and Kelsey Mabe are all first-time all-conference picks.
Haywood, a junior, played shortstop this season and hit .352 in her first season on varsity. Haywood had a double, a triple and six RBIs. She scored 17 runs and stole four bases.
A junior left fielder, Mabe was second on the team with her .462 batting average. She had 10 doubles, a triple and 19 RBIs. Mabe was also second on the team in runs scored with 32. She led Richmond with 23 stolen bases in 23 attempts.
NaLee Jacobs started 20 of the team’s 26 games in the pitching circle. In her first season as the varsity starting pitcher, she posted a 17-5 record and notched one save with a 2.17 earned run average. Jacobs recorded 110 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings and walked 33.
Scotland placed five players on the all-conference team: Ashleigh Bailey, Kenleigh Callahan, Hailey Clark, Darby Cribb and Cameron Sharp.
Pinecrest and Hoke both had three named to the squad. Jordan Blake, Bri Embler and Carmen Love represented the Patriots. Alyssa Castillo, Bethany Locklear and Bryce Smith were honored for the Bucks.
Lumberton had Taylor Hammonds and Kailey Prevatte selected all-conference. Purnell Swett placed Bristin Locklear and Courtney Oxendine on the team.
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