When the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) announced their annual list of the All-Region honorees this week, two Hawks found their names listed among the best in the South Region. Niki Cook
received a first team selection from both organizations; while Kameron Carter
garnered a second team nod from the NFCA.
With the first team selections, Cook will now be eligible for All-America honors from each association; which will be announced later in the month.
In her sophomore campaign, Cook led the Hawks in average (.435), hits (74), on-base percentage (.492) and in stolen bases (33). The NFCA honor is her second in as many seasons, as was her first team All-GSC selection a few weeks ago. In two seasons, Cook has accumulated 92 stolen bases to move into second place on the Hawks’ career stolen bases list, just two behind Charlsie Broome; who played four season for Shorter.
For Carter, the 2016 season was her best to date as the junior led the Hawks in homeruns – hitting 15 on the season, to put herself in second place in the single-season record book, just one homerun behind Jessica Sanders’ total from 2006. She also led the team in RBI (55) and slugging percentage (.693). While, tying Cook in runs scored with 40 on the season. On the year, Carter hit .337 with 55 hits – 27 for extra bases.
The pair helped the Hawks to a 30-22 record for the season; while also helping the team to a second straight appearance in both the Gulf South Conference and South Regional Tournaments.