Jessie Hammers Named NEAC Player of the Year

L-R: Jessie Hammers, Whitney Tyler, Brittany Vergason
L-R: Jessie Hammers, Whitney Tyler, Brittany Vergason

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. — Keuka College junior Jessie Hammers was named North Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Year on Thursday.

Hammers headlines the all-conference selections for the Wolves, being named to the first team. Whitney Tyler was named Second Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference and Brittany Vergason was a third team selection.

Jessie Hammers leads the North Eastern Athletic Conference in both hits and batting average. Hammers set a new Keuka College single-season record with 55 hits so far this season. She broke her own school record set during her freshman season when she was named NEAC North Division Player of the Year. Hammers also ranks second in the league with 25 stolen bases. Overall this season, she has hit safely in 30 of 33 games. Hammers set the school record with a 14-game hitting streak. One game after that was broken, she started a new one and carries a new record of 16 games into the final four.

Sophomore pitcher Whitney Tyler earned her second all-conference nod after being named to the third team following her freshman year. She is one of three qualifying pitchers in the NEAC to post a sub-two earned run average. Tyler also ranks fifth in the league with 81 strikeouts, seventh-most in program history. She also has been contributing offensively at well. After not having a single at bat in her freshman season, Tyler has accumulated 11 hits this season with a .289 batting average. Despite not qualifying due to number of at bats, the sophomore has posted the second-best batting average on the team this season.

Rounding out the selections from Keuka College was junior third baseman Brittany Vergason. Brittany had 25 hits on the year for the Wolves, including four doubles. She drove in 14 runs and scored eight herself. She has shined defensively for the Wolves, ranking third in the NEAC with 71 assists this season, fourth best in program history. In her three-year career, she has surpassed 200 assists defensively and ranks second on the career list. Vergason's third team selection was the first of her career.

After defeating SUNY Poly on Tuesday in the first round, the Keuka College softball team advances to the final four this weekend. The double-elimination tournament will start on Friday morning as the Wolves face tournament hosts and top-seed Penn St.-Berks at 10am. Keuka and Penn St.-Berks have met in the NEAC Championship game in each of the last three seasons.