The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2019 University Division All-State Softball Teams on Monday, June 10. A total of 24 student-athletes from seven different North Carolina schools, including three from Appalachian State, were named to the first and second teams. Infielder Keri White and pitcher Kenzie Longanecker were both named to the first team, while outfielder Megan Walker was tabbed second team all-state.
White ended the 2019 regular season with a team-high .347 batting average and .474 slugging percentage. The third baseman tallied 66 hits, three home runs and 23 RBI. White's 66 hits were good for fifth in the Sun Belt this season and second in App State history.
Along with hits, White led the Mountaineers with 190 at bats, 38 runs, 11 doubles, and two triples. She was also a perfect 13-13 in stolen bases this season. White's 182 regular season at bats were good for fifth in the Sun Belt this season as well as sixth-most in a single-season in App State history.
A pitcher from Sanford, Fla., Longanecker became the first Mountaineer ever to be named to the All-Sun Belt first team since App State joined the conference in 2014. She was one of only three pitchers chosen to the first team.
Longanecker was consistently ranked a top pitcher in the Sun Belt all season after posting a 2.40 ERA with a 14-9 record and 95 strikeouts. Her 14 wins are tied for second-most wins in a single season in program history. Against Louisiana this season, Longanecker picked up her 300th career strikeout, becoming only the fourth pitcher in App State history to do so. Along the way, she has tallied 31 wins in her career, tied for second all-time.
Walker started all 56 games in the outfield this season for the Black and Gold. She batted a perfect 7-7 in the first two games of the conference opener against Georgia Southern and finished the weekend going 8-11, including two doubles and three RBI.
The outfielder accumulated 121 hits in her career, including 36 in 2019. She also finished seventh in App State history with four career triples. Walker now sits at eighth in program history after playing in 200 total games as a Mountaineer.
Campbell University led the way with four athletes on the all-state first team, including sophomore Kayla Fredendall who was the lone player to receive unanimous first team votes. Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb tied for second with two players each on the first team, while North Carolina Central, Western Carolina, Elon, and North Carolina A&T each had one athlete placed on the all-state first team.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.