Seminole State’s Athletics Department celebrated a successful and historic 2014-15 season at their annual end-of-the-year banquet May 5. Players, coaches and staff convened to celebrate team success and hand out individual honors.
The Raider women’s golf team, after a season of record-setting performances, defeated the nation’s top teams at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s National Championship Tournament in Mesa, Arizona, to bring home the program’s first national title.
The softball team earned distinction as well, finishing with a program-best record of 51-9. The team began the season with a 12-game winning streak and also achieved winning streaks of 10 and 14 games.
Athletes of the Year
Raider baseball relief pitcher Mitch McCarthy and softball starting pitcher Stephanie Adkins were named the Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
McCarthy, a graduate of Oviedo High School, proved to be one of the Raiders’ most dependable relief pitchers. He appeared in 24 games on the season, the most of any Seminole State pitcher, and used his sinking fastball to frustrate opposing batters into ground balls and double plays. In late-game situations, his reliability and intangibles provided a defensive spark for the Raiders.
Adkins, a graduate of Timber Creek High School, is a two-time Most Valuable Player for the Raider softball team. She held an overall ERA of 1.18, good for ninth in the nation and fifth in the state. Her 243 strikeouts – against only 43 walks – placed her at No. 1 statewide and fourth nationally. With 25 wins, she ranked third in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) and tied for 12th nationally. She also led the nation in saves, with eight.
Additional awards were presented in three categories for each sport: Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Coaches’ Choice. The honorees were:
Two Raider athletes earned nationwide NJCAA Pitcher of the Week honors this season: Softball pitchers Morgan Williams and Stephanie Adkins earned the honor in consecutive weeks April 13-19 and April 20-26. Williams and Adkins both earned statewide Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Pitcher of the Week honors twice this season, and freshman softball catcher Heather Roberts was a two-time FCSAA Player of the Week.
In all, 19 Raider athletes across the three sports earned All-America or All-FCSAA honors.
For more information about Seminole State’s athletic programs, including full schedules and results, visit the Raider Athletics home page.
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