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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After their tremendous individual efforts led the Merrimack College softball team to its most successful season in nearly 15 years, juniors Alyssa Williamson (Scarborough, Maine) and Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.) and senior Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) were named to the Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-East Region Teams, as announced Monday.
Williamson was an all-region first team selection at first base, while both Cook and Currie were recognized as second team honorees at the pitcher and pitcher/utility positions, respectively. All three were Northeast-10 All-Conference selections earlier this month, while Williamson has now earned her fourth postseason accolade; the junior was also a National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) First Team All-Region pick, and was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. The trio represent Merrimack's first CCA (formerly Daktronics) All-Region representatives since the 2013 season.
Williamson was one of Merrimack's top offensive threats as part of a tremendous junior campaign. The Scarborough, Maine, led the team with a .365 batting average to go along with 29 RBIs and a team-leading 62 hits, with 17 of them going for extra bases (15 doubles, 2 triples). She is slashed .365 / .411 / .476 and was one of the toughest players to strike out in the country with only one strikeout every 34 at-bats (22nd/NCAA). Her defense was also spotless with only seven errors in 304 chances (.977) and a team-most 280 putouts.
The NE10's regular season leader in earned run average (ERA), Cook blossomed into one of the league's elite arms this season and she finished in the top-four in both major pitching statistical categories. In 27 appearances and 24 starts spanning 146.0 innings, the junior right-hander fanned 107 batters – averaging 5.13 strikeouts per seven innings – to go along with a 1.82 ERA (3rd/NE10). With only 32 walks issued on the year, Cook finished with an 11-7 record and went the distance in 12 games. She ranked fourth in the league in strikeouts and 62nd in the country in ERA.
After becoming Merrimack's first four-time all-conference selection over the past decade, Currie was lauded for her versatility on the mound and at the plate yet again this spring. The Burlington, Massachusetts, native was one of the most dangerous hitters in the league as indicated by her team-pleading 38 RBIs (5th/NE10) and team-leading six home runs. When she wasn't doing damage on offense, she was one of the Warriors' top options in the circle, ranking second on the team and fourth in the conference with a 1.97 ERA while posting 67 strikeouts on the year. Currie also shared the league lead with four saves (24th/NCAA) and went 13-3 in 26 appearances (15 starts) spanning 117.0 innings. She also issued just 15 walks in that span, ranking 19th nationally in walks allowed per seven innings (0.9).
Williamson, a first team honoree, is now automatically nominated for the D2CCA All-American voting process. The 2017 D2CCA Softball All-American Team will be announced on Wednesday, May 24.