The Sunshine State Conference released the All-SSC Teams and awards for the 2018 softball season on Thursday afternoon, and the Palm Beach Atlantic softball program was well represented. The Sailfish had seven players receive all-conference honors, and also picked up two individual awards, as Magnolia West was named Co-Player of the Year and Bailey Castro was named Coach of the Year.
West receives Player of the Year honors in her sophomore season with the Sailfish, as she led the SSC with her .435 batting average. The Carmichael, Calif. native was a tough out all season in the box, and only struck out four times for the SSC Champions. She finished second in the SSC in on-base percentage and third in total hits.
Castro was named SSC Coach of the Year in her first season as head coach for PBA. Castro led the Sailfish to a 33-6 overall record and a 26-4 mark in conference play. The Sailfish were ranked as high as fourth in the NFCA Division II Top-25 and have been ranked in the top-10 of the rankings for the last seven weeks. The 'Fish have clinched a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.
Michaela Hynes joins West on the All-SSC First Team, as the Sailfish first-baseman had a monster year at the plate. Hynes finished the regular season with a .359 batting average, and led the 'Fish with her 14 doubles and six home runs. Hynes also led the Sailfish with her 31 runs scored and her 32 RBIs and was named SSC Player of the Week three times during the season.
The Sailfish had four players named to the All-SSC Second Team, as Claudia Pizzarelli, Maddie Bertisch, Hannah Carlton, and Ashton Adkins also played huge roles in the successful season for the 'Fish. Pizzarelli played in 38 of the 39 games for the Sailfish this season, and posted an impressive .394 batting average, which was the third highest in the conference. The senior also led the Sailfish with her 14 stolen bases.
Bertisch manned third base for the majority of the 2018 season, and impressed on offense as well as defense in her junior year. The Palm Harbor, Fla. native batted .367 on the season and scored 16 runs. Bertisch also showed speed on the bases, as she stole 13 bases in 15 attempts for the 'Fish. Carlton was named to the All-SSC second team as a utility player, as she routinely switched between infield and outfield positions this season for the Sailfish. Carlton batted .295 in her sophomore season, and was second on the team with her 24 RBIs. Carlton also posed a power threat for the Sailfish, as she clubbed two homers on the year.
A pair of Sailfish pitchers round out the All-SSC selections for PBA, as Adkins was named to the second team and Abbey Busby was named All-SSC Honorable Mention. Adkins finished the season with a 1.33 ERA and a 13-3 record for the Sailfish. The senior held opposing batters to just a .180 average, and also picked up five saves for the 'Fish. Busby finished the regular season with an impressive 14-1 record and a 1.32 ERA. Busby picked up wins in the circle against nine of the 10 SSC opponents the Sailfish played this season.