Softball Players Earn Post-Season Awards
Snead State’s Caitlyn Roe was named to the All-Region Second Team for the 2014 season. Roe and four other teammates received recognition for their success this season.
Roe of Filer, Id., and Kelsey Pelham of Opelika were named to the Alabama Community College Conference’s All-North First Team. Roe batted .364 on the season. Pelham hit .321.
Katlin Light of Albertville, Danya Snead of Rogersville and Mary Graves Lacey Springs were all named to the All-North Second Team.
Graves topped all the Snead State hitters with 14 homeruns, 57 RBIs and a .353 batting average. Light had a .348 batting average.
As a freshman, Snead hit .355 and had 40 RBIs and nine homeruns.
The recognition comes following Coach Tracy Grindrod’s highly successful first season as the Snead State softball coach.
Coach Grindrod came to Snead State in January and in only a few short months managed to help the Lady Parsons earn their first-ever state tournament berth.
“I am proud of what these ladies have accomplished this season. They’ve done well on the field and in the classroom. All 12 sophomores graduated, many with honors. All of them are moving on to a four-year institution to finish their academic studies,” said Coach Grindrod.
“Making it to the state tournament for the first time was very exciting for the players as they got a chance to compete with the best teams in a high pressure situation. They competed at a very high level.”
The Lady Parsons grabbed the no. 4 spot in the ACCC North. Snead State won their first game of the tournament against Jeff Davis. They lost game two against Southern Union 2-1 and game three 10-5 against Calhoun.
“We set a goal at the beginning of the season to make it to post-season play. I knew a sure number for us was to win 10 conference games. We finished 10-10 in conference and made our first trip ever to post-season play,” said Coach Grindrod.
Snead State’s final record for 2013 was 25-33.
“This year started hard, as we were all getting used to each other. We played in a tough tournament. It was a tough weekend, but we grew and found out that we could play with any team.”
In the tournament, Snead State lost 3-0 to no. 12 Navarro. They lost 4-3 against Wallace Dothan, then played no. 6 Chattanooga State and lost 4-3 as well. The Lady Parsons lost 4-2 against Faulkner State and then played no. 14 Southern Union and lost 7-6. They finished the tournament with a 4-3 loss to no. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“We continued to improve the next week with five wins in eight games as the team started to buy into the process,” said Coach Grindrod.
The team’s next big victory came against no. 12 Lake Land College in a 15-12 slug fest. After that, the team split with Cleveland State and got another shot at Southern Union, who had moved to no. 11 in the nation in the polls. Snead State defeated them 12-2. The Lady Parsons were the last ones to hand them a loss for the rest of the season and the ACCC conference championship as well.
The Lady Parsons are busy gearing up for their second season under Coach Grindrod. The team is hosting a hitting camp on Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. – Noon. It’s open to players 18 and under. More details can be found at snead.edu/softball.
Snead State Softball: Five Snead State Lady Parsons received post-season honors for their contributions to a highly successful 2014 season, including Kelsey Pelham, pictured here, after Snead State’s defeat over Gadsden State this year. The recognition comes following Coach Tracy Grindrod’s highly successful first season as the Snead State softball coach.