LANCASTER, Pa. – Senior Aileen Reilly (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and freshman Shelby Baker (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) were named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively, to lead a program record-breaking eight all-conference selections for the Gettysburg College softball team.
Reilly and Baker were the lone Bullets on the All-CC First Team. Junior Morgan Clauser (Columbus, N.J./Northern Burlington), senior Wendy Folfas (Westminster, Md./McDonogh School), and junior Meredith Taylor (Hamilton, N.J./Northern Burlington) were tabbed to the second team. Honorable mention all-conference recognition was given to senior Stephanie Leonardo (East Haddam, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), junior Sophia Blasius (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey), and sophomore Taylor Doi (Foster City, Calif./San Mateo).
The eight all-conference members topped the previous program high of seven achieved in 2012.
Additionally, Head Coach Annette Hunt-Shepherd was named the CC Coach of the Year. Hunt-Shepherd guided the Bullets to a program record 14 wins in Centennial play this season and the team captured its first conference title in 11 years. She becomes the first Gettysburg coach to earn Coach of the Year status since Sam Abrams in 2010.
Reilly was named CC Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season and became just the second Gettysburg player to earn All-CC First Team status four times. The senior hurler went 7-1 with a 1.21 ERA, two shutouts, and 37 strikeouts over 58 innings against league competition. Reilly tossed a five-hit shutout against conference runner-up Haverford College in the regular season and she held Franklin & Marshall College to just four base hits in another blanking. Overall on the season Reilly is 9-9 with a 2.77 ERA and 79 strikeouts over 111 innings. She became the program's career leader in wins with her 56th in a 5-2 decision over McDaniel College in the CC playoffs. Reilly is also the program's all-time leader in appearances (97), games started (87), and innings pitched (555.0).
Baker became Gettysburg's third Rookie of the Year selection and first since Jamie Abell '17 in 2014. The first-year catcher led the Bullets with a .383 batting average in league play, going 18-of-47 with four doubles, a triple, and five RBI. Her defensive play behind the plate was even more impressive as she threw out a conference-best eight runners attempting to steal in conference play. Baker currently leads the team in batting average (.364), doubles (tied, 9), and RBI (tied, 18) and she has thrown out a league-high 12 attempted base stealers overall.
Clauser earned her first postseason award as a pitcher. The junior mirrored her pitching partner with impressive numbers in Centennial play, going 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA, one shutout, and 25 strikeouts over 39.2 innings. She spun a five-hit shutout with six strikeouts against Muhlenberg College. On the season, Clauser paces the Bullets in wins with a 13-4 record to go with a 2.49 ERA. She tied a personal best with 10 strikeouts in a two-hitter against Susquehanna University. In her three seasons at Gettysburg, the junior has compiled a 37-15 record with a 2.45 ERA.
Folfas garnered all-conference honors at first base for the third consecutive campaign. A second-team selection in 2016 and a first-team pick last spring, the senior hit .324 (12-for-37) with four doubles and six RBI in conference play. Folfas ranks second on the team with a .341 batting average (31-for-91) and she has posted 17 RBI on the year. She was named MVP of the CC Championship after going 7-for-14 in four games and plating the game-winning run in a nine-inning affair with Washington College. For her career, Folfas carries a .319 batting average with 23 doubles and 80 RBI.
Taylor landed her first all-conference award after spending most of the season as the team's designated hitter. She hit .317 (13-for-41) in league play with two home runs and eight RBI. Taylor also tied for the team lead with nine walks in conference competition. On the season she is hitting .265 (27-for-102) with 15 RBI and a team-high 18 walks. She went 3-for-3 with a walk, home run, three runs, and three RBI in the nightcap against Washington during the regular season. Career-wise, Taylor carries a .334 batting average with 24 doubles, five home runs, and 65 RBI.
Leonardo grabbed her first award in her first season as the team's primary second baseman. She started all 16 conference outings, hitting .317 (13-for-41) with eight runs, one homer, and tied for the team lead with nine RBI. Defensively, she made just one error in 68 chances, leading to a fielding percentage of .985. On the season overall, Leonardo is hitting .277 (26-for-94) with 16 runs and 14 RBI. She posted multiple-hit efforts in four conference outings, including going 2-for-3 with two runs, a home run, and two RBI in the second game against Ursinus College. For her career, Leonardo has logged a .312 batting average with 85 runs scored, 57 RBI, and 29 stolen bases.
Blasius seized honorable mention status at shortstop. The junior hit .289 (13-for-45) with 10 runs in league competition. She also struck out just twice when facing CC pitchers. In her second year with the team, Blasius has compiled a .230 batting average with 15 runs, six doubles, and five RBI overall. She went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI in the CC Championship game against Haverford. After transferring from Syracuse University following her freshman year, Blasius has logged a .257 batting average with 25 runs and 26 RBI at Gettysburg.
The team's starting right fielder, Doi rounded out Gettysburg's all-conference selections with her first postseason award. The second-year player put up a .311 (14-for-45) batting average with three runs, three RBI and three stolen bases in conference play. After starting the season with six hits through her first 17 games, Doi has hit a team-best .383 (23-for-60) over the last 21 outings. In a doubleheader against Dickinson College, she went 5-for-6 with one RBI. In her two seasons as a Bullet, she has compiled a .316 batting average with 50 runs and 23 stolen bases.
Sophomore outfielder Rachel Julie (Elmsford, N.Y./Briarcliff) was named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. Julie tied for the team lead with nine RBI in conference play and carries a .281 (27-for-96) batting average with 14 RBI overall into the postseason.
Gettysburg (24-14) captured its fourth CC championship this past weekend and first since 2007. The Bullets earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship and will face top-ranked and defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan College (45-2) in the opening game Friday at 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Christopher Newport University.