Hart named 2012 ECAC Div. III New England Player of the Year; Ensor also honored

Hart named 2012 ECAC Div. III New England Player of the Year; Ensor also honored

CENTERVILLE, Mass.-The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Tuesday announced its 2012 Division III New England Softball All-Star Team.

Recent Williams College graduate Allison Hart was named the ECAC New England Player of the Year while rising junior Ally Ensor was selected as a Second Team All-Star.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Hart became the first Williams softball player to be selected as a First Team All-American. Hart finished the season hitting .540 and set several Williams single-season records in the process including at-bats (137), runs scored (49), hits (74), doubles (14), total bases (109) and stolen bases (22). The senior made her comeback from injury all the more memorable when she hit a walk-off home run in the final at-bat of her Williams career.

Her average was the third highest single-season in Williams history. She also concluded her career with top 7 finishes in average (.430 — 2nd), doubles (27 — 2nd), runs scored (95 — 7th), hits (148 — 6th), home runs (10 — 5th), total bases (207 — 5th) and stolen bases (35 — 5th).

Hart was named the NESCAC Player of the Year for her efforts as well as a NFCA First Team All-New England selection.

"Ali could do so many things well," Herman said. "She moved to center field and played great defense there this season. She was a great baserunner. Both she and Aly (Ensor) have such great bat control. And Ali was a natural switch-hitter and dangerous from both sides of the plate. Plus, she was such a great team leader for us."

Hart finished second among all Div. III players around the country in batting average.

Ensor was no slouch at the plate either, wrapping up the year with a .518 batting average and a .561 on-base percentage while driving in a team-best 42 runs. The Eph left fielder finished with 57 hits, including 13 doubles, 3 triples and 4 home runs. She scored 38 runs and finished with a team-leading .800 slugging percentage. She also stole 10 bases in 11 tries.

Ensor was previously tabbed as a First Team All-NESCAC selection. Her batting average was the third best mark among Div. III batters in the country.