A year ago the future of her softball playing
days was in doubt. Today, Hope College sophomore catcher Carrie
Scott is an NCAA Division III softball All-American.
Scott was named to the All-American third team by the
National Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Wednesday night
during a banquet preceding the NCAA Division III championship
tournament in Eau Claire, Wisc.
Early during the 1998 season Scott suffered a knee injury
that abbreviated her freshman year and put into jeopardy her
playing future. She underwent surgery and a rigorous pre-season
rehabilitation regime. On opening day of the 1999 season she was
back behind the plate for the Flying Dutch.
Scott started in all 34 of the team's games and, amazingly,
put together a 24-game hitting streak to begin the season.
Before she was injured in 1998 she had a five-game hitting
streak. The combined 29-game hitting streak is the fourth
longest in NCAA Division III softball history.
Scott posted a .448 batting average behind a .657 slugging
average. Her school-record 47 hits included six doubles, two
triples and four homeruns. She had the game-winning hit in seven
games and finished with 27 RBIs. She did not commit a fielding
error in 186 chances.
Voted to the first all-conference team in Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(MIAA) games, she batted .480 in league games.
A 1997 graduate of Centreville High School, she is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy (Ann) Scott of Three Rivers.
Scott becomes the eighth Hope softball player to achieve
All-America distinction and the third catcher. Other Hope
catchers who received the honor were Deb Vashaw (1992 and 1993)
and Amy Moeckel (1996). Other All-Americans were second baseman
Johanna Pscodna (1992), centerfielder Laurie Byington (1993,
1994, 1996), pitcher Nicki Mannes (1995), pitcher Keri Roelofs
(1995) and third baseman Wendy Moore (1996).