Tompkins Cortland Softball Dominates Conference AwardsMay 23, 2012
The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team dominated the Mid-State Athletic Conference postseason awards, taking home the coach of the year and co-player of the year awards in addition to five spots on the 15-player all-conference team. Sophomore Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) was voted the co-player of the year, the first time in the rich history of Panthers softball that a player has received that honor. Coach Brent Doane was voted the coach of the year, the second time he has garnered that award from the MSAC. In addition to Scheer, Tompkins Cortland was also represented on the all-conference team by Tayler Fravel (Sandy Creek H.S./Sandy Creek), Emilie Rogers (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira), Mackenzie Sherlock (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square), and Kristan Baker (Dallas H.S./Dallas, Penn.). Fifteen players were named all-conference, with voting done by the coaches from the six conference teams. Tompkins Cortland had the most players on the all-conference team.
Scheer, Fravel, and Sherlock were all repeat selections. Scheer hit .461 while splitting time between the outfield and catcher. She led the team with three triples, was second with 14 doubles and 49 RBI, and blasting five home runs. She is in the top ten of nearly every career offensive category in the College's record book, including holding the record for career RBI and on-base percentage.
Fravel was the leadoff hitter and shortstop every game this year for the Panthers. She hit .444 while setting a school record for runs scored in a season and hits in a career. She had 67 hits in 40 games, knocking 12 doubles and four home runs and stealing a team-best 13 bases.
Sherlock made her mark both at the plate and in the pitching circle. She finished the season with a record of 12-2, an ERA of 2.30, and 88 strike outs in 85.1 innings of work. At the plate she hit .418 with a single-season record-tying 10 home runs. She holds the career record with 17 home runs and is second on the career RBI list. Her slugging percentage of .800 was second on the team and the fourth best ever in the history of the program.
Rogers, a sophomore who transferred to Tompkins Cortland before the season, was the best pitcher in the conference. She went 18-3 with an ERA of 0.81. She struck out 209 in 130 innings, becoming the first College pitcher to top 200 strikeouts in a single season. She struck out more than a dozen batters four times, including a school-record 17 in a national tournament win over Ridgewater Community College (Minn.).
Baker, the lone freshman among the College's honorees, also put up impressive numbers both as a hitter and pitcher. She pitched in five games, going 5-0 with an ERA of 1.70 and striking out 32 in 24.2 innings. At the plate she had a season unlike any Panther ever. She hit .489 with amazing power. She had 22 doubles, 10 home runs, and 61 RBI – all either setting or tying season records. She had a school-record 25-game hitting streak and a slugging percentage of .881, the second best in school history.
Doane was recognized for leading the Panthers to the top record in the conference, going undefeated against MSAC opponents for the second-straight season. In his 11 seasons at the College Doane has amassed a record of 276-132 and won four Region III titles. His team won the national championship in 2009 and has excelled at nationals each year since, finishing fourth in 2010, third in 2011, and third again this year.