The Hokies Emma Ritter was named VaSID Player of the Year, the first Hokie since Jenna Rhodes in 2009 to win the honor. Keely Rochard was named VaSID Pitcher of the Year, earning her second State Pitcher of the Year honor and first since 2020. pete love was voted VaSID Softball Coach of the Year, while the Hokies pitcher Emma Lemley was named VaSID Rookie of the Year. The Hokies have had VaSID Rookie of the Year three of the past four years, starting with Kelsey Bennet in 2019, Kaylee Hewitt in 2020 and Lemley this season
This year, Virginia Tech reached No. 2 in national polls this season, before hosting regionals and super regionals for the first time in program history while earning the No. 3 national seed. C This is the third time a school has won all four major VaSID All-State College Division softball team awards, as James Madison also did in 2015 and 2021.
Ritter was named a third-team NFCA All-America selection while earning first-team NFCA All-Region and first-team ACC honors. She hit .400 during the season, leading the team with .661 hitting percentage and .474 on-base percentage. The second also contributed four triples, 11 doubles, eight home runs and 40 RBIs. Hit six times, she led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation as the hardest to strike out. She ranked second in the ACC in batting average (.400) and third in stolen bases (23).
For the second straight year, Rochard was named ACC Pitcher of the Year and a first-team NFCA All-American. She was a Top 10 finalist for American Softball Player of the Year, finishing the season with a 26-4 record, 1.89 ERA, 328 strikeouts, six saves, six shutouts and an average in batting 0.174 opponents. Rochard ranked fourth nationally in strikeouts, fifth in saves and strikeouts in seven innings (11.3), and ninth in wins. She finished her career with the highest career winning percentage in program history (.802) while finishing second all-time at Virginia Tech in career strikeouts (1,120), strikeouts by seven innings (9.8), batting average opponents (.170) and saves (9).
Lemley wraps up an impressive freshman season of honors with VaSID Rookie of the Year. His honors this season include: ACC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-ACC, First Team NFCA All-Region, ACC All-Freshman Team and NFCA/Schutt Sports Division I Freshman of the Year Top-3 Finalist. She helped provide a dominating 1-2 punch in the circle, as Lemley went 16-6 with a 2.12 ERA, six shutouts, three saves, 212 strikeouts and a .186 batting average . Lemley finished the season ranked ninth nationally in strikeouts in seven innings (10.7). The rookie went 6-2 with two saves and three shutouts in ACC play.
D’Amour and his staff guided the Hokies to a 46-10 overall record, including 14 wins over the top 25 programs. The Hokies went 21-2 in conference, winning their second ACC regular season title in the past four years. Virginia Tech advances to Super Regionals for the second straight year, serving as the No. 3 national seed and hosting regional and super regional rounds. For the second straight year, Virginia Tech won NFCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year, while D’Amour was named ACC Coach of the Year.
In addition to the four major awards, Cameron Fagan, Bre Peck and Meredith Slaw also made first-team All-State. Fagan has made 55 starts at second base, recording 65 hits this season with a .351 batting average and five doubles. At DP, Slaw posted a 1.005 OPS with nine home runs and a .621 slugging. Rounding out the first team at third base, Peck led the Hokies with 11 homers, finishing his rookie season with 34 RBIs and eight doubles.
2022 VaSID College Division Softball Team
C – Caroline Hudson, Liberty
1B – Hannah Shifflett, James Madison
2B- Cameron FaganVirginia Tech
SS – Devyn Howard, Freedom
3B- Bre PeckVirginia Tech
OF – Emma RitterVirginia Tech
DE – Jaden Pone, Longwood
DE – Kara Canetto, Freedom
DP/Utility – Meredith SlawVirginia Tech
P- Keely RochardVirginia Tech
P – Sydney Backstrom, Longwood
P- Emma LemleyVirginia Tech
C – Lauren Bernett, James Madison
1B – Paige Bachman, Freedom
2B – Mariaina Bozek, George Mason
SS – Katie Goldberg, Virginia
3B – Cori McMillian, Radford
DE – Mary Claire Wilson, Liberty
DE – Taylor Dadig, George Mason
DE – Bailey Winscott, Virginia
DP/Utility – Tuli Iosefa, Norfolk State
P – Emily Kirby, Freedom
P – Karlie Keeney, Freedom
P – Madison Harris, Virginia
P – Aly Rayle, Virginia
VaSID Player of the Year – Emma RitterVirginia Tech
VaSID Launcher of the Year – Keely RochardVirginia Tech
VaSID Coach of the Year – pete loveVirginia Tech
VaSID Rookie of the Year – Emma LemleyVirginia Tech