West Liberty’s Amend, Paterson Earn All-MEC Honors

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – West Liberty softball standouts Makenzie Amend and Annie Paterson were repeat selections on Thursday afternoon when the Mountain East Conference coaches announced the results of their voting for the 2022 All-MEC Softball Team.

   Amend earned first-team honors as a pitcher while Paterson was a second-team selection as a pitcher after teaming up to help lead Coach Herb Minch’s Hilltoppers to a third straight 30-win season and MEC North Division title.

   A graduate student from Wheeling, W.Va., Amend has been a dominant force in the circle throughout her record-setting career. The hard-throwing righthander heads into this weekend’s MEC Tournament as the conference record-holder with 697 career strikeouts. She ranks among the Top 10 nationally in Hits/7 innings (3.78) and strikeouts/7 innings (11.1) and clinched WLU’s third straight division title on Monday with a 9-0 no-hitter against Glenville State. She went 16-5 with a 1.83 ERA during the regular season, striking out 182 batters and giving up only 62 hits in 114.2 innings pitched.

   Paterson, who hails from Salem, Ohio, is in the midst of a stellar senior season in the circle and at the plate. The veteran workhorse was a hard-luck 7-8 in the circle despite ranking among the MEC leaders in ERA (2.54), strikeouts (142) and opposing batting average (.221). The lefty slugger also had a huge year at the plate, ranking among the league’s top five in nearly every major offensive category. Nearly half of Paterson’s 60 hits went for extra bases as she backed a .417 batting average with a .722 slugging percentage and an eye-popping 1.175 OPS. She bashed out 17 doubles and 9 home runs, led the team with 42 RBIs and even went 6-for-6 on stolen bases.

   Charleston’s Hannah Rose was voted MEC Player of the Year while Hannah Hudson of West Virginia Wesleyan was Pitcher of the Year. Freshman of the Year honors went to Frostburg State first baseman Jamie Roberts and West Virginia Wesleyan’s Steve Warner was voted MEC Coach of the Year.

   West Liberty’s two-time defending MEC champions begin their quest for a ‘three-peat’ on Friday when they take on West Virginia State in an MEC Tournament first-round game. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.



2022 ALL-Mountain East Conference Team

           MEC Player of the Year: Hannah Rose (Charleston)

           MEC Pitcher of the Year: Hannah Hudson (W.Va. Wesleyan)

           MEC Freshman of the Year: Jamie Roberts (Frostburg State)

           MEC Coach of the Year: Steve Warner (W.Va. Wesleyan)


Pos.     Name                                 School                         Cl.      Hometown

C          Honesty Holt                    Davis & Elkins            Jr.      Bentonville, Ark.

C          Allysa Lake                        Charleston                  Jr.      Allen Park, Mich.

1B        Linzey Allard                     Davis & Elkins            Fr.      San Jose, Calif.

1B        Jamie Roberts                  Frostburg State         Fr.      Bryantown, Md.

2B        Kendal Marshall               Charleston                  Sr.      Charleston, W.Va.

SS         Alli Robinson                    W.Va. Wesleyan        Jr.      Buckhannon, W.Va.

SS         Hannah Rose                    Charleston                  So.     New Haven, W.Va.

3B        Emily Riggs                       Fairmont State          So.     Bridgeport, W.Va.

DP        Autunm Oelhstrom         Wheeling                    So.     Lisbon, Ohio

OF        Gracie Hightower            W.Va. Wesleyan        So.     Barboursville, W.Va.

OF        Alexi Maciejowski            Notre Dame               Sr.      Macedonia, Ohio

OF        Mia Mendoza                   Davis & Elkins            Fr.      Chino Hills, Calif.

P          MAKENZIE AMEND        WEST LIBERTY           GR.    WHEELING, W.VA.

P          Dani Bauer                        Charleston                  Jr.      Tallahassee, Fla.

P          Holly Brehm                      Glenville State           Jr.      Mullens, W.Va.

P          Hannah Hudson               W.Va. Wesleyan        Sr.      Blackstone, Va.

P          Kasey Murphy                   W.Va. State                Sr.      Ironton, Ohio

Second Team

Pos.     Name                                 School                         Cl.      Hometown

C          Katie Ernst                         Frostburg State         So.     Hanover, Pa.

1B        Sarah Thompson              Concord                      Sr.      Prince George, Va.

2B        Kennadie Batchelor        Frostburg State         Sr.      Louisa, Va.

2B        Grace Sobeck                   Alderson Broaddus   Fr.      Sunrise, Fla.

SS         Daniele Rivera                  Notre Dame               Sr.      Cleveland, Ohio

3B        Alexis Rehm                      Notre Dame               Sr.      Wooster, Ohio

DP        Emma Ruth                       W.Va. State                Sr.      Visalia, Calif.

OF        Laura Gilford                    Frostburg State         Fr.      Taneytown, Md.

OF        Paige Scruggs                   W.Va. State                Gr.     Hurricane, W.Va.

OF        Laura Thompson              Concord                      Sr.      Prince George, Va.

P          Kate Chapple                    Frostburg State         Fr.      Easton, Md.

P          Abby O'Shields                 W.Va. Wesleyan        Fr.      Dagsboro, Del.

P          ANNIE PATERSON           WEST LIBERTY           SR.    SALEM, OHIO

P          Autumn Thompson         W.Va. State                So.     Ridgeview, W.Va.

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