Three Bullets Named All-CC First Team; Reilly Tagged Top Pitcher

LANCASTER, Md.  – Junior Aileen Reilly (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) became the first player from Gettysburg College to be named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year and was one of three Bullets to earn first-team all-conference status according to a release by the conference office on Wednesday, May 10.
 
Reilly, senior shortstop Jamie Abell (Glenn Dale, Md./Elizabeth Seton), and junior first baseman Wendy Folfas (Westminster, Md./McDonogh School) were all named All-CC First Team. Reilly and Abell were named to the first team for the third consecutive season and it was the senior's fourth all-conference selection overall. Folfas jumped to the first team after being a second-team pick in 2016.
 
Reilly earned the program's first Pitcher of the Year award after a sterling season inside the pitcher's circle. In conference play, she went 6-2 overall with a 1.38 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 60.2 innings of work. Highlighting the right-hander's season was a 13-strikeout performance in a shutout against conference champion Franklin & Marshall College in the regular season. Overall on the year, she finished as the conference leader in games started (23), wins (tied, 14), complete games (21), innings pitched (153.2), strikeouts (127), shutouts (7), and ERA (1.23). Her skills were on full display in the conference playoffs when she threw a pair of shutouts and allowed only two earned runs in 28 innings of work.
 
Reilly is poised to make a run at a number of Gettysburg's career records in her senior campaign. She already ranks third all-time in wins (47), games started (67), complete games (58), shutouts (17), innings pitched (444.0), and strikeouts (347).
 
Last season's CC Player of the Year, Abell was the only unanimous selection to the first team in 2017. The shortstop was Gettysburg's top performer in Centennial action, posting a team highs for batting average (.434), hits (23), doubles (5), triples (tied, 2), RBI (tied, 9), total bases (32), slugging (.604), and on-base percentage (.475) in 16 games. For the year, Abell posted a .371 batting average with 24 runs scored and 24 RBI. She also swiped a dozen bases and posted a .521 slugging average. She tied for the team lead in multiple-hit games (13) and multiple-RBI games (6).
 
Abell closed her Gettysburg career as the program's career leader in games played/started (162), at bats (549), and assists (349). She also finished second in hits (211) and total bases (295), third in runs scored (138), doubles (38), and stolen bases (44), fifth in RBI (108), and seventh in batting average (.384). Abell is one of only two players in conference history with 200 hits, 100 runs scored, and 100 RBI.
 
Folfas garnered her second-straight postseason accolade from the conference with a strong showing against league opposition. In 14 games, the junior hit .341 with four doubles and 18 RBI. She also did not commit an error at first base in conference play. On the year, Folfas hit .262 with six doubles and 16 RBI. She torched Haverford College in a doubleheader with five hits, three runs, and five RBI on April 8.
 
A three-year starter, Folfas has logged a .313 batting average with 39 runs, 101 hits, and 63 RBI in her career.
 
Additionally, senior Genie Lavanant (Dingmans Ferry, Pa./Blair Academy) was named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. Lavanant appeared in 17 games and finished 5-of-18 with three runs and two RBI. She served an important role in the dugout calling pitchers for the Bullet pitchers. Gettysburg finished with a team ERA of 1.82 – its best mark in 13 years.
 
Gettysburg finished out the regular season 28-14-1 overall. The Bullets finished third in the conference standings at 11-4-1 and made a run to the league title game.