Patriot Softball adds infielder twins

Patriot Softball adds infielder twins

Francis Marion University softball coach Stacey Vallee has announced the addition of two infielder transfers from the State College of Florida: sisters Jaimie and Jessica Harney of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

Jaimie, 5-5, has played second and third base.  This past spring, she batted .294 with three home runs and 21 runs batted in.  She also scored 34 runs in 57 games, and compiled a .354 on-base percentage.  She was named a second-team All-Suncoast Conference selection.

She garnered honorable mention All-Conference accolades in 2016 after hitting .321 with 20 runs scored, three homers, and 21 RBIs.

Jessica, 5-4, is a left-handed hitting first baseman.  She earned first-team All-Conference and second-team All-State recognition after batting .347 with 41 runs scored, 23 doubles, 12 home runs, and 54 RBIs.  She posted a .415 on-base percentage and a .705 slugging percentage.  In the field, she committed only three errors in 342 chances for a slick .991 fielding percentage. She was also named a NJCAA All-Academic third-team selection following the 2017 campaign.

As a freshman, she hit .294 with eight doubles, seven homers, and 29 RBIs, and picked up second-team All-Conference honors.

The pair helped lead the Manatees to a 35-25 record in 2017 and a 32-15 mark in 2016.

Both players are products of John Jay High School in East Fishkill, N.Y., and childhood friends of current Patriot third baseman Sam Chiudina

"Jaimie is very versatile and will work at multiple positions (middle infield, third base, catcher, and outfield)," said Vallee. "She has a consistent bat that will be a great addition to our lineup, and has a very mature attitude and is very good with on-field communication. 

"Jessica will add power to our lineup, as evidenced by her 19 home runs over the past two years. She will challenge for time at first base and in the outfield.  She has a great attitude about the game and wants to be great at whatever she does.

"Both young ladies work well together and are very happy to be continuing their collegiate careers together.  They possess great leadership qualities – both by example and vocally – which can only help the direction of our program, being that we are bringing in seven freshmen this fall.  They will also address needs in our program brought about by graduation." 

Francis Marion lost three seniors off this past season's 27-22 squad that placed eighth during the Peach Belt Conference regular season.