LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the student-athletes chosen for this season’s NFCA Cal JC special awards.
Mt. San Antonio College’s Brianna Goris and Santa Ana College’s Emily Rojas were named the Schutt Sports/NFCA Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Jaylene Ross of Long Beach City College was tabbed the Diamond Sports/NFCA Catcher of the Year, while Los Angeles Mission College’s Jizzell Ruiz took home New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe honors as Cal JC’s top base stealer.
Goris, one of the top hitters in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), keyed the Mounties to their fifth straight South Coast Conference (SCC) title in 2022, the No. 1 ranking in the state and a spot in the state championship tournament. She leads the CCCAA in batting at .565 and is second with 15 home runs. The SCC Player of the Year owns a .651 on-base percentage and slugs 1.183 with 22 doubles, 48 RBI, 28 walks and 34 runs scored.
Rosas, who was the 2021 Schutt Sports/NFCA Player of the Year, led the Dons to the program’s first Orange Empire Conference (OEC) championship since 2001, their first-ever conference tournament title and a trip the state championship tournament. The sophomore from Villa Park, Calif., is 36-6 with a 0.94 ERA and 297 strikeouts in 268.1 innings of work. She registered nine double-digit strikeout games, including a season-high 13 in a no-hit performance against Golden West College, one of four no-hitters on the year. The NFCA two-time All-American and OEC Pitcher of the Year is tops in the CCCAA in wins, second in strikeouts and seventh in ERA.
Ross, a NFCA All-American at catcher, hit .452 with 71 hits, 17 doubles, four triples and three long balls. She knocked in 29 runs and scored 37 times, while striking out just three times in 159 plate appearances. Behind the dish, Ross threw out 11 runners attempting to steal.
Ruiz, a native of Pacoima, Calif., was the top base stealer in the CCCAA. She swiped 53 bases in 55 attempts. Ruiz registered a season-high five at Glendale and four more at Long Beach to go along with eight games of three stolen bases. Offensively, she hit .386 and scored 51 runs, currently fourth in the CCCAA. Additionally, she drew 15 walks and reached base at a .457 clip.
NFCA Cal JC All-America athletes must be nominated by their NFCA-member head coaches and are voted for by the coaches in their respective region. All special awards are selected and voted on by the full Cal JC head coaching membership.
The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded student-athlete awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from webinars to legal counsel, to in-person events and the National Convention.