To the surprise of no one, Winthrop High softball star Abby Belcher was named the Most Valuable player of the Northeastern Conference South Division at Tuesdayâ€™s coaches meeting. Belcher was a standout all season for Winthrop, both at the plate and defensively behind the plate. She hit .458, scored 27 runs, and had eight doubles, four triples, two homers, and 24 RBI.
Abby also led the team with 36 assists, many of which came when she picked off runners at third base or while they were attempting to steal.
Other Winthrop players honored with all star selections were starting second baseman Taylor Brown, who hit .384 with 13 runs scored, eight doubles, three triples, and 16 RBI; outfielder Elaine Lanza, who hit .200, but who had 13 sacrifice bunts, 20 putouts, five assists, and no errors (Elaine also tossed a no hitter on the mound has an ERA of 2.31); and shortstop Haley Benson, who hit . 441 with six doubles, two triples, 17 RBIs (including two walk off RBIs for wins), five steals, 49 putouts, and 30 assists.