NEW LONDON, Conn.-Coast Guard junior Jessie Richardson has been named a First Team All-Conference selection as announced by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Earlier this season, Richardson was recognized as both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Player of the Week and NEWMAC Player of the Week.
Richardson, a catcher, had an outstanding campaign this season, ranking among the NEWMAC leaders in almost every offensive and defensive category. The Washington native led the league in doubles (14), RBI (34), and batting average (.481). She also found her way into the Top 10 in a number of other offensive categories, including; hits (2nd, 50), runs (10th, 28), triples (7th, 2), total bases (6th, 71), sac flies (2nd, 3), stolen bases (8th, 8), on-base percentage (2nd, .517), and slugging average (3rd, .683).
Defensively, Richardson was terrific as well, handling an inexperienced pitching staff masterfully on her way to a .982 fielding percentage (split between catching, left field, and second base), making just two errors on the year. She caught eight would-be base stealers (to rank 2nd in the conference) in 21 chances for an astounding 38.1% runners caught stealing percentage. She also ranked first among all full-time catchers, allowing just two passed balls on the season.