ELON SPORTS ROUNDUP: Southern alum and freshman infielder Greta Hessenthaler makes all-rookie softball team

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Elon freshman Greta Hessenthaler out of Southern Alamance was named to the Coastal Athletic Association all-rookie team for softball.

Hessenthaler, a second baseman, batted .258 with six doubles and 16 runs batted in. She has started in 48 games, producing seven multi-hit games.

Elon outfielder Mauri Murray was picked for the first team, while second-team selections were catcher Carley Davis, first baseman Gaby Schaal, and third baseman Allee Seering.

Elon, which was 17-10 in the CAA regular season, finished with a 23-29 overall record.



Elon outfielder Kenny Mallory Jr. was named to the All-CAA second team outfielder based on a vote of league coaches.

Mallory, who played last summer for the Burlington Sock Puppets, had a team-leading .354 batting average. He ranked ninth in the CAA in that category.

Outfielder Charlie Granatell, who batted .300, and infielder / pitcher Ryan Sprock, who tied for the team lead with eight home runs, received honorable mention.

The Phoenix had a 21-32 record.


Women’s track and field

Several Elon athletes participated in the NCAA East Region preliminary rounds last week in Lexington, Kentucky, topped by distance runner Jette Beermann. None of the entrants advanced to the NCAA championships, though the five regional qualifiers tied a program record.

Beermann’s time of 16 minutes, 4.45 seconds in the 5,000 meters put her in 16th place.

Kaitlin McGoogan’s discus throw of 166 feet was good for 24th place in the regional. Hannah Miller came in 22nd place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:27.78, improving four places from a year earlier.

Senior runners Anna Twomey and Piper Jons made their first NCAA regional appearances. Jons was 40th in the 400 meters in 54.43. Twomey placed 42nd in the 1,500 in 4:28.26.