STEPHENVILLE – Georgia Capell has been named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association South Central Region Freshman of the Year and is now a finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA National Freshman of the Year award, which will be announced next Wednesday.
Capell, a designated player from Midlothian, enjoyed arguably the best season in program history by a freshman. She smashed her way onto a pair of all-region second teams (NFCA and D2CCA) and the All-Lone Star Conference First Team this season with a .397 batting average and 17 home runs, which is one shy of the Tarleton single-season record.
In addition to the three postseason award teams, Capell was also named the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year. She is the second player in program history, joining Carla Geeslin in 2001, to earn that recognition.
She finished the regular season with the fourth-most home runs in the league and set a single-season record for home runs by a freshman with 17 on the year. She hit .397 with 53 RBI, which was the sixth-most RBI in the league.
Capell is the first player in program history to represent Tarleton State University on the national ballot. The award was created in 2015.
ABOUT THE NFCA
Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. The national office, located in the Crescent Hill community of Louisville, Ky., moved to the Bluegrass State in 2012. Although collegiate coaches comprised the majority of the organization’s membership in the early days, today they are joined by high school, travel ball, professional and international coaches, along with umpires, clubs, businesses and fans of fastpitch softball. Growing from 40 members in 1983 to over 5,500 today, the NFCA boasts members from all 50 states and nine international countries- Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden.