by Mary Ramsaier
After completing a successful junior season at Armstrong State University, Whitewater alum Peyton Roth is racking up accolades.
Roth was a do-it-all second baseman for the Pirates this season. At the plate, she boasted a batting average of (.446) with 75 hits, nine doubles, and 19 RBIs, and ranked third in the conference in on-base percentage at .505. With her lightning speed, she reached base safely in her first 30 games of the 2015 season along with going 5-for-5 against Shorter University, making her just the second Armstrong player to have a five-hit game in program history. That was all good enough to earn her NFCA All-American honors.
Besides shining on the field, Roth was on fire in the classroom. Hard work earned the health science major a 3.84 GPA, making her the third Armstrong State softball player awarded 2015 Capital One/CoSIDA Division II Softball Academic All-American honors, but she was the first Armstrong softball player to earn both the All-American and Academic All-American honors in the same season.
Roth expresses, “It was a dream come true. It’s something every athlete dreams about.”
Along with All-American and Academic All-American awards, Roth achieved NFCA All-Southeast Region Softball Honors, Daktronics/DII CCA All-Region Softball Honors, Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District III Honors, All-Peach Belt Conference Honors, and the PBC Softball All-Academic Team Honors for the second straight year.
Roth says leadership is the most important thing she learned from Whitewater softball, along with their drive. “Growing you as a person outside and on the field and to be that teammate for that person,” she says were key lessons she learned. Roth shares that she carried these lessons throughout her successful softball season. She strived to be “that teammate” to help out her team every game.
Roth will return with the Armstrong Pirates for her senior season next year, bringing high expectation with her goal set at helping her team get back to the World Series. She says, “We have a solid returning core.” With Peyton Roth at the core of the team, the sky is the limit.