by Benny Benton
BURLINGTON, N.C. – For the second straight season, Barton College's Sierra Hearp has been named to the Conference Carolinas Softball All-Conference Team, the league announced Thursday during a banquet at the site of this year's league championship.
The sophomore from Roanoke Rapids, N.C., was a Second Team selection in the utility position. Hearp played shortstop, third base and pitcher in addition to serving as designated player.
Hearp ranked among the league's top 10 in doubles (11), home runs (4), on-base percentage (.454) and slugging percentage (.558). She produced an eight-game hitting streak in the middle of the season, and enters Friday's tournament opener on a four-game streak.
Over 43 games, Hearp batted .317 with 23 RBI and 28 runs scored, and also drew a team-high 22 walks.
Hearp was a First Team selection in the utility position last year. She is the first Barton softball player to be named all-conference in consecutive seasons since Jessica McFadden was a four-time honoree between 2008 and 2011.