Junior is the First Washington College Player to Earn the Conference’s Player of the Year Award
LANCASTER, Pa. – Junior pitcher/outfielder Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) has been named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year as the Centennial announced its annual softball awards today following a vote by the conference’s nine head coaches. Harcum is the first Washington College softball player to be selected the conference’s player of the year.
Joining Harcum on the first team was senior outfielder Elaina DiPrimio (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) as five Shorewomen earned all-conference honors. Sophomore pitcher/first baseman Maddie Bennett (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman pitcher/outfielder/first baseman Rachel Butler (York, Pa./Central York) garnered spots on the second team. Junior catcher Allyson Meil (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) was tabbed honorable mention.
Representing the Shorewomen Nine on the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team is junior pitcher Milly Kawabata (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita).
Harcum had a strong season in the circle and at the plate. In the circle, she went 12-7 with a 2.03 ERA and in conference was 6-2 with a 1.40 ERA. She tossed 10 complete games, hurled a pair of shutouts and struck out a career-best 107 batters in 131 innings this season. Harcum, who also had one save, finished second in the conference in strikeouts, third in ERA and appearances (24), tied for fourth in wins, fifth in strikeouts per game (5.72) and seventh in complete games. In conference-only games, her 1.40 ERA was fourth in the conference and was second in the CC strikeouts in conference-only games (47) and strikeouts per CC game (6.58). Her six CC wins was tied for third. At the plate, she is second in the Centennial with a .419 average and hit .533 in conference-only games, which was tops in the CC. She is second in the conference in sacrifice hits (8), third in on base percentage (.460), sixth in slugging (.524), seventh in hits (44) and triples (2), eighth in runs (22) and 10th in total bases (55). In Centennial-only games she was second in on-base percentage (.563), hits (24), sacrifice hits (5) and RBI (15), third in runs (13) and slugging (.689), fifth in triples (2) and sixth in total bases (31). Harcum led the Shorewomen in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, innings pitched, complete games, strikeouts and ERA in 2017.
This is the second time Harcum has been named all-conference as she was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.
DiPrimio, a first time all-conference pick, moved from left field to centerfield to anchor the WC defense in the outfield this season. She finished second on the team with a .364 batting average and had a team-best 47 hits. She was also tops on the team in being hit by pitch (6) and second on the squad in doubles (11), on-base percentage (.435) and slugging (.473). In the conference, she is second in doubles, hit by…