Katlyn Smith capped her Maryville College softball career by making significant history for the program.

Smith was named to the All-America third team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, making her the first player in Maryville history to earn All-America honors.

The award puts the finishing touches on a splendid sophomore season in which she was named USA South Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and led the Scots to their second conference tournament title and NCAA tournament berth.

The Loganville, Georgia, native also was named to the NFCA’s All-Region first team.

Though Smith has two years of eligibility remaining, she will retire from college softball to pursue a degree in nursing.

“Coming into this year, it was a big season for me, knowing it might be my last,” Smith said. “I worked so hard to accomplish a lot of things. Even though we may not have started off the way we wanted, we were able to come out and do what we wanted to do. I had the confidence in myself that I had gained through my teammates and my coaches, it really did a lot for me this year.

“Getting this award, I can’t really thank my coaches for giving me the opportunities I’ve been given. It’s just a big accomplishment for me.”

Smith finished the season with a 1.54 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 167 2/3 innings pitched. Her 323 strikeouts in two years are a Maryville career record. She had a 39-8 career record with 37 complete games and struck out 7.5 batters per seven innings.

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Corey is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and spent six years at The Houston Chronicle before joining The Daily Times in the summer of 2018.

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