Spalding received 62 points and the remaining first-place vote to come in 3rd on the poll. The Golden Eagles were just 17-16 last season, missing the tournament, but return 14 players and eight starters from last year's squad. Head Coach Art Williams will be looking on the development of a pair of players who earned All-Conference honors last year as freshmen; Olivia Carter and Jennifer Peffley. Carter, a catcher and pitcher, hit .433 with 23 runs batted in at the plate while also leading the team in innings pitched and recording nine wins as a pitcher. Peffley, an outfielder, hit .386 last year with 11 stolen bases. Addie Morris, a junior outfielder, earned Third Team All-Conference honors after hitting .404 last season and totaled 14 stolen bases. Also back are senior leaders Mac Henderson and Lindsey Hubbard. A trio of freshmen (Avery Morris, Chloe Skorja, and Molly Wallace) will add to the team's depth.