Light earns Daktronics Southeast Region honors

Photo taken by Rachel Burrus
Photo taken by Rachel Burrus

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Senior softball pitcher Hannah Light continues to win awards after the completion of her career. On Tuesday, Light was named to the Daktronics Southeast Region second team for the second consecutive season after leading the Tornado to a runner-up finish at the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

At the Conference Carolinas Tournament, Light started all five games for the Tornado, completing four games. The Coeburn, Va., native also registered three shutouts, pitching King into the championship game against the University of Mount Olive. In the tournament, she had an earned run average1.31 while striking 28 in 32 innings of work.

Light was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season after leading the league in strikeouts and victories both seasons. This year, the senior has been nothing short of impressive, leading the Tornado to a second place finish in the Conference Carolinas regular season and Conference Carolinas Tournament runner-up finish. In the national rankings, Light was ranked in the top three (all divisions) in strikeouts the majority of the season, and ranked seventh in NCAA Division II with 273 punch outs at the end of her season.

The Coeburn, Va., native may have gotten off to a slow start, but she led King on a 10-game winning streak, earning wins in the circle each game. For the season she has an overall record of 28-18 while going 11-4 in league play. Light ranked second in the league with an earned run average of 1.83, and her 28 wins rank third in all of NCAA Division II. She has appeared in all but five of King's 55 games, starting 47 games for the Tornado. Light was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week five times during the regular season.

2014 Daktronics Softball All-Southeast Region

DISTRICT 3 - Southeast Region

Pitcher of the Year: Victoria Sink, North Georgia
Player of the Year: Alexis Mercer, Armstrong

First Team
C – Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B – Danielle Swygert, Anderson
2B – Jamie Hockaday, Mars Hill
3B – Haily Jarman, Lenoir-Rhyne [2]
SS – Alexis Mercer, Armstrong [2]
OF – Molly Child, Anderson
OF – Kelli Hensley, Carson-Newman
OF – Whitney Okvist, Georgia College ^
P – Victoria Sink, North Georgia
P – Carley Tysinger, Catawba [1]
P – India Kornegay, USC Aiken [2]
DP – Layce Walker, Armstrong
UT [non pitcher] – Kaitlyn White, USC Aiken
UT [pitcher] – Courtney Poole, North Georgia

Second Team
C – Casey Googe, Columbus State ^
1B – Kim McMillian, North Georgia
2B – Lauren Bessent, Flagler [2]
3B – Sara Kelley, Carson-Newman
SS – Abby Child, Anderson #
OF – Brianna Mulkey, Lincoln Memorial [2] #
OF – Kelsey Akers, Mount Olive
OF – Mackenzie Conley, Flagler
P – Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Hannah Light, King [2]
P – Stacie Houser, Wingate
P – Brandi Hole, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP – Kayla Saliga, Wingate
UT [non pitcher] – Abi LeRoy, Georgia College
UT [pitcher] – Amanda Snow, Lincoln Memorial

[1] first team in 2013
[2] second team in 2013
^ first team in 2012
# second team in 2012