Four years ago, Mackenzie Chitwood was named the Timesland softball player of the year.
On Friday, the Franklin County High School graduate was named the NCAA Division III player of the year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Chitwood led Division III in homers (21), RBIs (72) and total bases (140) as a senior first baseman at Lynchburg.
She broke the school and ODAC single-season records for homers and RBIs. She also broke the ODAC career record for home runs (44).
She hit .382 this year for the Hornets, who lost to Emory in the Super Regionals.
Chitwood made the coaches’ All-America first team, while Lynchburg third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett) made the third team. Mabry hit .385 with 15 homers.
Cav, Hokie honored
Virginia senior first baseman Lacy Smith, who hit .414 with 15 homers and 43 RBIs, has been named a Division I first-team All-American by Softball America.
Virginia Tech senior outfielder Emma Strouth made the third team. She hit .404 with 13 homers and a school-record 68 RBIs.
VMI signs three
VMI, which has lost two players to the transfer portal, announced Friday it has restocked its roster with three spring signees.
The new additions are 6-foot-5 guard Sean Conway; 6-0 point guard Travis Evee; and 6-1 point guard Kam Curfman.
Conway averaged 31.5 points as a senior at Warde High School in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 2017-18. He led his state in scoring that year, earning all-state honors. He averaged 12.5 points as a postgraduate player at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts last season.
Evee scored more than 1,400 points in his Boston College High School career. He averaged 23.0 points and 4.0 assists as a postgraduate player at Vermont Academy last season, when he sank a school-record 104 3-pointers.
Curfman averaged 11.5 points and 2.9 assists at Georgetown Prep in Maryland last season.
They join guard Louis Tang, who signed last fall, in the 2018-19 recruiting class.
VMI needed reinforcements in the backcourt.
Bubba Parham, who averaged 21.4 points as a VMI sophomore last season, has transferred to Georgia Tech.
Austin Vereen, who sat out last season as a medical redshirt, is looking to join a new school as a graduate transfer. Vereen averaged 10.4 points for VMI in the 2017-18 season but missed last season after undergoing wrist surgery last summer.
TRACK AND FIELD
UVa’s Scott recognized
UVa’s Jordan Scott has been named the Southeast Region men’s outdoor field athlete of the year.
Scott won the triple jump at the ACC outdoor championships with a leap of 57 feet. He broke the ACC, UVa, meet and Lannigan Field records in the triple jump.
He also won the long jump at the ACC meet.
Mosavel-Lo, Patrick cited for academics
Virginia Tech’s Bashir Mosavel-Lo (.382 GPA) and Washington and Lee’s Hank Patrick (3.99) have been named to the academic all-district team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
SVU hires coach
Southern Virginia has named Jennifer Moore the coach of its new men’s and women’s swimming teams.
Moore, a former swimmer at Brigham Young, was most recently an assistant coach for a Utah club team.