DURHAM, N.C. – After taking their third-straight ACC series with a dominating 9-1 run-rule victory against Virginia Saturday afternoon, the Duke Blue Devils hung up the cleats for a night of celebrating their inaugural season at the 2018 Duke Softball Team Banquet.
The Blue Devils celebrated the program’s first season while handing out seven awards on the evening, including Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, The True Blue Award, The Circle Award, Golden Glove, Silver Slugger and Golden Spikes.
One of the top hitters in the ACC and a lockdown third baseman, Raine Wilson was selected at the squad’s Most Valuable Player. Wilson leads the Blue Devils in batting average (.377), slugging percentage (.576), on-base percentage (.460), hits (57), runs batted in (29), doubles (13) and home runs (5). The Mechanicsville, Va., native also tops the team with a .423 clip in ACC play. She entered the weekend standing top 10 in the conference in numerous categories, including second in ACC hits, third in ACC batting average and tied for third in ACC RBI. Her 18 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games this year are both team highs.
Jameson Kavel was tabbed the program’s inaugural Rookie of the Year and given the Golden Spikes honor, as the shortstop has displayed prowess in the field playing one of the game’s toughest positions while executing at the plate. Kavel tops the team with 32 runs scored and is second with 49 hits on the year. She’s also displayed impressive speed on the base paths, standing second in the ACC and top 20 nationally with five triples, while her 14 stolen bases were seventh in the league entering the series against UVA.
The program’s first True Blue honor went to graduate student Jill Ferraro, who will celebrate her Senior Day in Sunday’s series finale against Virginia. After tallying two hits and a pair of runs driven in in Saturday’s win, Ferraro moved her season totals to 13 hits, eight RBI, two doubles and two home runs. The True Blue award is given to the player who best exemplifies what it means to be a member of the Duke Softball family and Ferraro has shown that at every turn, battling injuries throughout her final year and contributing to the team’s success whether she is playing or not.
Amelia Wiercioch was honored with the program’s Circle Award, as the righty owns a team-best 10 wins and 1.90 ERA after picking up the victory in Saturday’s game. Wiercioch leads the team with 37 appearances and 20 starts on the year and owns an ERA that entered the weekend fifth in the ACC. The Tustin, Calif., native has also been a star at the plate, recording 33 hits, 24 RBI, six doubles, three home runs and a triple. She also picked up the program’s first grand slam (March 3 vs. Lehigh) and first inside-the-park home run (April 14 at Notre Dame).
One of the top young talents behind the plate, Jazmine Moreno was tabbed the team’s Golden Glove winner. Moreno has played and started in all 51 games this season, with 47 of those at catcher and four in the outfield. On the year, Moreno has caught seven runners stealing and picked off a pair as well. At the plate, Moreno has reeled in 27 hits, driven in 11 runs, tallied six double and one home run while stealing six bases along the way.
The Silver Slugger honor was awarded to Rachel Abboud, who has been a force at the plate all season long. Abboud has started in all 51 games this year, including the last 46 at first base. Her 49 hits are tied for second on the team and she also owns 21 RBI, nine doubles and two homers on the year. In ACC play she’s batting .343 with eight runs batted in, four doubles and one bomb. Abboud’s 15 multi-hit games are second on the year and against Boston College on March 17 she became the first player in program history to record a four-hit contest, which remains as the most in a single game by a Blue Devil.
2018 Duke Softball Team Awards
MVP – Raine Wilson
Rookie of the Year – Jameson Kavel
True Blue – Jill Ferraro
Circle Award – Amelia Wiercioch
Golden Glove – Jazz Moreno
Silver Slugger – Rachel Abboud
Golden Spikes – Jameson Kavel