Chitwood belts 11 home runs in first professional campaign

Mackenzie Chitwood batted .271 with 11 home runs and 26 RBIs in her first season of professional softball.

Former Franklin County and University of Lynchburg softball star Mackenzie Chitwood has completed her rookie season of professional play in the American Softball Association (ASBA).

Chitwood played for The Field which finished its season with a 10-17 record and was defeated by the E1 Pro Ballers in postseason play, 2-0 in 13 innings.

A two-run home run by catcher Libby Suggs in the top of the 13th inning was the difference maker in that contest, played July 26 in Satsuma, Alabama.

Chitwood, who was behind the plate in that game, was 0 of 5 and struck out once. On defense, she recorded 10 putouts and an assist.

Chitwood, a seventh-round draft choice of the club, batted .271 during the regular season, the fourth-best average on her team, with 11 home runs and 26 RBIs, both team-best totals. Also, she belted three doubles and accumulated a team-best slugging percentage of .786.

Defensively, Chitwood registered 70 putout, 24 assists and committed three errors for a .969 fielding percentage.

Chitwood finished tied for third in the league in home runs and she was ranked fourth in RBIs. Chitwood is a former three-time All-State player at FCHS. As a senior at Lynchburg, she led NCAA Division III in home runs (21), RBIs (72) and total bases (140) and was named National Player of the Year.

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