Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Lees-McRae College softball player Faith Cooke was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Cooke becomes the first Bobcat to take home this honor since March 29, 2011 when former Bobcat Paige Coleman earned the same award.
"This past weekend was huge for Faith," said LMC Head Coach Jaclin Poole. "She has come so far in such a short time. As a true freshman she has shown she can not only adapt to the game at this level but also excel at it. She is by far one of the most coachable student-athletes I have had the pleasure to work with."
Cooke had an outstanding day at the plate last Saturday against Belmont Abbey. The freshman from Denver, North Carolina collected six hits in eight at-bats for a .750 batting average in the twin bill. Additionally, four of Cooke's six hits were for extra bases with three doubles and one home run. Her top performance came in Lees-McRae's win in game one as she went 4-for-4 with two doubles, one home run, three RBI and three runs scored.
This honor is a well-deserved one as she has been not only one of the top offensive players for the Bobcats but also within Conference Carolinas this spring. Her .389 batting average and eight home runs both rank in the top five within the conference. Cooke is one of just two players to claim that on their resume in 2019.
Cooke and the rest of the Bobcats will return to action on Saturday when they visit league rival King (Tenn.) University for a doubleheader. First pitch between the Tornado and Bobcats is set for 1 p.m. from Bristol, Tennessee.