Heinze named to Mount St. Mary’s soft­ball coach­ing staff

St. Mary’s Ryken grad­u­ate fin­ished ca­reer at school as North­east Conf. Player of the Year

The Enterprise - - Sports - This re­port was sub­mit­ted by Mount St. Mary’s Univer­sity.

Mount St. Mary’s Univer­sity soft­ball coach Anna Na­gro has an­nounced the ad­di­tion of 2017 North­east Con­fer­ence Player of the Year Rachel Heinze, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from Char­lotte Hall, to her coach­ing staff as an as­sis­tant coach.

In ad­di­tion to earn­ing NEC Player of the Year hon­ors, Heinze was named first-team All-NEC at the catcher po­si­tion. The 2017 Mount St. Mary’s grad­u­ate also gar­nered thirdteam All-Re­gion hon­ors at catcher from the Na­tional Fast­pitch Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion and se­cond-team Al­lECAC hon­ors for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

“Rachel Heinze is a prime ex­am­ple of what Mount Soft­ball is all about and we are very lucky to add her to our staff,” said Na­gro. “Her jour­ney as a stu­dent-ath­lete em­bod­ied the core val­ues that we built this pro­gram on and our play­ers are so ex­cited to learn from one of the best. Rachel is an un­be­liev­able hit­ter and her abil­ity to pass the knowl­edge of hit­ting along to our play­ers will be an ad­van­tage for them. Since she is so well re­spected by her peers I look for­ward to her help­ing our hit­ters gain con­fi­dence through her pos­i­tive per­son­al­ity. The fact that she is one of the best play­ers to have ever played here is just one piece to what Rachel means to this pro­gram.

“Per­son­ally, I have been so lucky to have so many good peo­ple sur­round­ing me dur­ing my time here at The Mount, and ad­ding Rachel to my sup­port sys­tem is just an­other good per­son in­volved with Mount Soft­ball.”

Heinze had a mon­ster se­nior sea­son, hit­ting .407 with 15 dou­bles, 17 home runs, 49 RBI and 56 runs scored. She led the NEC in hit­ting while she was se­cond in home runs and third in RBIs, runs scored and dou­bles (15). She also led the NEC in slug­ging per­cent­age (.860) and on-base per­cent­age (.492) while hit­ting .378 in 16 NEC games this year.

In ad­di­tion to be­com­ing the first Moun­taineer to win NEC Player of the Year hon­ors, Heinze is the first Mount player to earn first-team All-NEC hon­ors in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons. Last year, she was named first-team Al­lNEC at the util­ity po­si­tion while also col­lect­ing the league’s Most Im­proved Player award. She also joins Liz Chris­tiansen as the only Mount play­ers to earn first-eam all-league hon­ors two times in their ca­reer.

Heinze fin­ished her ca­reer at the Mount as the all-time leader in home runs (43), runs scored (128), RBIs (121) and to­tal bases (327) while she is se­cond in slug­ging per­cent­age (.690) and dou­bles (35), third in hits (157), sixth in bat­ting av­er­age (.331) and sixth in stolen bases (32). She set the Mount’s sin­gle-sea­son record for home runs with 19 last year, while her 56 runs scored and 129 to­tal bases this sea­son are new school records.

PHOTO BY MOUNT ST. MARY’S UNIVER­SITY ATH­LET­ICS

Rachel Heinze, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from Char­lotte Hall, is now an as­sis­tant with the Mount St. Mary’s Univer­sity soft­ball team just months af­ter fin­ish­ing her ca­reer which in­cluded be­ing named the North­east Con­fer­ence’s Player of the Year.

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