The University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team had three players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s NAIA All-Region Team, the organization announced last week.
Sophomore Katie Rietkovich and freshmen Shelby Zipperer and Taylor Triplett were second-team selections from the East Region.
Rietkovich, who played second base and hit in the leadoff and No. 3 spots in the lineup for USCB, was named to one of five at-large spots on the second team.She hit .455 with a team-high 10 home runs, 60 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Triplett, who split time at first base and designated player for the Sand Sharks, was named second-team DP. In 33 games before having her season cut short by injury, Triplett hit .370 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs.
Zipperer, the Sand Sharks’ center fielder, was named to the second-team as an outfielder. In addition to being one of the top defensive outfielders in the Sun Conference, Zipperer hit .409 with three home runs, 36 RBIs and a team-high 14 doubles, as well as 13 stolen bases.
The Sand Sharks finished their inaugural season with a 37-11 record and finished second in the Sun Conference with a 12-5 mark in league play.