Sherrill & Millsaps rewriting Falcon record book
For the past four seasons, seniors Vada Blue Sherrill and Kiana M
illsaps have been mainstays on the Pfeiffer diamond and have re-written the school’s softball record books.
Sherrill, Millsaps, and another former Cougar, Makenzie Pennell, have been a huge part of the team’s successes in 2019. Sherrill was named to USA South Softball Player of the Year, while Millsaps and Pennell were voted to the All-Conference East First Team.
In her four-year career at Pfeiffer, Sherrill has become the most prolific player in the school’s history. She currently holds 10 career records including most hits (248), runs (254), home runs (43), RBI (198), stolen bases (198), and batting average (.411). She also holds school records in total bases, walks, doubles, and extra base hits. This year, Sherrill captured Player of the Year honors after breaking the school record for batting average in a season with her current mark of .500. She also holds the single season record for runs scored, home runs, doubles, total bases, extra base hits, and RBI.
Millsaps has developed into a weapon for Coach Sherrill in the pitching circle. After winning 10 games in her first two seasons at Pfeiffer, the former Lady Cougar standing has been dominant over her last two seasons for the Falcons. Last year, Millsaps finished 24-4 with nine complete games. This season, the senior ace set a new school record with 25 mound wins. Her 59 career wins in a new record for Pfeiffer softball.
In addition to her work in the circle, Millsaps has been a big bat for Coach Sherrill’s offensive lineup for four seasons. She is a career .330 hitter with 22 career round trippers and 166 RBI. This spring, she is batting .387 with 10 homers and 43 runs-batted-in.
On Saturday, April 6, in Misenheimer, Pfeiffer honored its two seniors and two of the cornerstone of the program which has captured 153 wins in four seasons. That day, the Falcons split a doubleheader with Averett. Prior to the twin bill, the school and the softball program recognized Sherrill and Millsaps and their families with a “Senior Day” ceremony.
Coach Monte Sherrill looked back on the dynamic duo he had the please of coaching for the past eight seasons.
“No words can express how much I will miss these two. I remember back when Scotty Miller and I coached them in 10U rec basketball. Now, here they are finishing up their fourth college season. What a tremendous honor it’s been to coach them the whole way. I have loved all the AC girls coming to Pfeiffer to play softball – just like Bailey, Amanda Sports, Hannah St. Clair, Kendra Mayes, Mic Pennell and Alexis Walter. However, these two were with me all four years at AC and all four years at Pfeiffer. For essentially eight years now, I’ve written #1 Sherrill (Vada) at SS (6 spot) on the first line of the scorecard and #25 Millsaps (Kiana) in the circle (1 spot) on the fourth or fifth line. Their record now tallies 126-4 in HS and 155-37 in college. What an amazing ride these two players have taken me,” Sherrill quipped.
With their collegiate careers winding down, Sherrill and Millsaps recently talked about what playing college softball in Misenheimer has meant to them and how much Alexander County has played a part in the people and players they are today.
Sherrill added, “Talking to my younger self or a current player at AC, I would say to soak up every moment, learn your way to overcome adversity on and off the field, and to never be satisfied. You have one of two options when a situation is presented to you: for it to make you better or make you bitter (In the wise words of Chris Meade). You can go through the motions or make every second or action count, you can let people that tear you down discourage you or make you more driven, and feel comfortable with what you are in the present moment or get 1% better every day. To the people of Alexander County, thank you for all your love and support, whether it be a phone call or seeing you in the stands, throughout our lives. To my family, there’s really no words that could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. We’ve been through thick and thin and have made softball the fourth Sherrill sister.”
Millsaps, who plans to enter nursing profession and plans to work at Frye Regional Medical Center after college, also spoke her playing career at Pfeiffer and how important her Alexander County ties have been to her career as a player and nursing student.
The Pfeiffer University softball team will begin the task of defending their 2018 title as the Falcons have been tabbed the third overall seed in the 2019 ECAC Division III Softball Tournament. First round games will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at campus sites with the semifinals and championship games to be held at Penn State-Behrend’s campus Softball Complex in Erie, Pa. Pfeiffer will start the defense of their ECAC Championship on Wednesday, May 8 as they travel to sixth-seeded Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. The Falcons completed the regular season with a 33-7 overall record, including an 11-5 mark in USA South play. Of the 33 wins, 21 came by run-rule, as the Falcons outscored their opponents 372-110 this season. Established in 1938, the ECAC is the nation’s largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. The ECAC hosts numerous championships in men’s and women’s sports across Divisions I, II and III, offering opportunities for thousands of student-athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.
Earlier this season, Pfeiffer Head Coach Monte Sherrill picked up his 900th combined coaching wins for high school and college. Several college coaches from across the country recently commented on the Hiddenite’s native success in high school and college coaching.
University of Tennessee Head Coach
“Coach Monte Sherrill has a coaching record that is not just defined by an amazng won and loss record, it is defined by excellence in every area of his involvement. His work habit, his leadership skills, and his competitive drive all become instilled in his teams and athletes and those athletes will carry his legacy on in their lives forever. He is a winner and his athletes therefore become winners for far longer than any individual softball game, season or career will last. Coach Monte is simply one of the best softball coaches to ever coach in our sport,”
– Gerry Glasco,
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Head Coach
NC State University Assistant Coach
– Mike Smith, Ole Miss Rebels Head Coach