GREENSBORO -- , Nearly every time head coach Mamie Jones has called on junior catcher Sabrina Edmonds and sophomore outfielder Raven Smith, they have been there. They were finally rewarded for their commitment to the North Carolina A&T softball program.
Edmonds and Smith earned first-team All-MEAC honors as announced by the conference on Thursday. It was the first such honor for both players.
Edmonds earned the honor after making her 121st consecutive start on Thursday morning in the Aggies 6-3 loss to Hampton in the first game of the 2013 MEAC Softball Championship Tournament. Smith, who has played in 89 of the 94 games the Aggies have played since she signed, is tied for the team lead in home runs with seven.
“Both young ladies have worked really hard to get to this point,” said Jones. “Whenever I’ve needed to pencil them into the lineup, they’ve been there. They prove that dedication and hard work still mean something.”
Edmonds leads the team in hitting at. 351 and has a .581 slugging percentage at .627. Edmonds’ six home runs this season gives her 20 for her career. She also has knocked in 23 runs in 2013. She hits .452 (14-for-31) with runners in scoring position and .400 (14-for-35) with two outs in the inning. As a catcher, she has thrown out 11 base runners.
“It is pretty incredible that someone playing catcher can play in that many consecutive games,” said Jones. “Sabrina is a hard worker and she tirelessly keeps working at her craft. We’ve really needed her in the middle of our lineup this season.”
Smith is one only two sophomores on the Aggies roster. She is hitting .313 with 22 RBI. She leads the team in slugging percentage at .604 and has four assists from her left field position.
“I really enjoy coaching Raven,” said Jones. “She is the type of kid who is going to do what it takes to win. She has really done a fantastic job of being patient at the plate and taking a nice easy swing each time.”