A breakout season on the softball diamond for West Liberty junior Maggie Starr has made her the first Hilltopper in five years to achieve first-team All-West Virginia Conference status in voting by the league coaches.
Starr, a hard-hitting third baseman from Cambridge, Ohio, became WLU's first first-team pick since Rachel Mason earned back-to-back first-team honors in 2007-08 Tuesday morning when the WVIAC coaches announced the results of their 2013 All-Conference voting. Fellow Hilltopper Felicia Hulslander joined Starr as an honorable mention selection.
Starr emerged as one of the WVIAC's top offensive threats this spring, starting all 48 games for head coach Jim Bacca and ranking among the league's Top 10 in nearly every offensive category. Starr ended the regular season ranked second in the WVIAC with 60 hits and was also No. 2 in the league with 19 bases on balls. Her .446 on-base percentage ranked 6th in the conference and she was 7th in the league with a .380 batting average. Starr also finished 7th in the WVIAC with 18 stolen bases and 8th with 36 runs scored.
Hulslander, a senior infielder from East Aurora, N.Y., finished her WLU career with a flourish, hitting .312 with 44 hits in 141 at-bats. Playing in all 48 games, she pounded out 7 doubles and 3 home runs to rank among the team leaders and led the Hilltoppers with 30 RBIs.
Regular-season champion Fairmont State swept all four league-wide awards. Holly Frampton was voted Player of the Year while Chelsea Cobb was the WVIAC Pitcher of the Year. The Falcons' Courtney Iacobacci was Freshman of the Year and Rick Wade took Coach of the Year honors.
2013 ALL-WVIAC SOFTBALL
Player of the Year: Holly Frampton (Fairmont State)
Pitcher of the Year: Chelsea Cobb (Fairmont State)
Freshman of the Year: Courtney Iacobacci (Fairmont State)
Coach of the Year: Rick Wade (Fairmont State)
Mattie Best (Jr., OF, Hemet, Calif., W.Va. State)
Chelsea Cobb (Sr., P, Dunbar, W.Va., Fairmont State)