St. Joseph’s Softball Claims All 3 Skyline Conference Awards

It was a banner week for Division III St. Joesph’s College Brooklyn softball team, as it posted a 4-0 week as well as claiming three honors: the Skyline Conference Pitcher (Autumn Poppett), Player (Ashleigh Hartwig) and Rookie of the Week (Bella Hurtado) accolades.

Poppett improved to 3-0 on the season in the circle with two complete-game wins over Franciscan and Baruch to obtain her second-straight Pitcher of the Week award.  The rookie sophomore whiffed three hitters and allowed one earned run in a 6-1 victory over the Barons on Monday. She capped off the week fanning a career-high nine batters, walking none, with two earned runs in yesterday’s 4-2 game one victory over Baruch.

Hartwig amassed a team-high .692 average (9-for-13) and clubbed .846 to go along with eight RBI on the week to receive her fourth Player of the Week honor of her impressive career.

The reigning two-time Skyline Player of the Year recorded multi-hit efforts in all four contests, as she extended her hit streak to seven games. In a 6-1 victory over Lycoming on Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Hartwig went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. In Sunday’s game two triumph over Baruch, she finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Hurtado continued a sizzling start to her rookie campaign, finishing second on the club last week with a .667 average (8-for-13), collecting five RBI, three runs, two doubles, three stolen bases and two walks. The freshman recorded three multi-hit games, highlighted by a 3-for-4 performance with two stolen bases against Lycoming. She batted 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double against Franciscan. Hurtado currently owns a six-game hitting streak. 

— Jerry Del Priore


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