Fort Bend Elkins (Missouri City, Texas), which finished the 2004 season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25, placed three players on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA first team All-America squad.
Stanford-bound catcher Erin Howe helped the Knights to a 39-0 record and the Texas 5A state championship. Howe hit .366 on the season with 15 extra base hits and 30 RBIs. She retired 17 of 18 potential base stealers. Shortstop Jamie Hinshaw, a Texas A&M signee, also helped Elkins at the plate, hitting .554 for the season.
Pitcher Ragan Blake paced the Knights in the circle with a 29-0 record while compiling an impressive 0.08 ERA. The Mississippi State signee struck out 257 batters in 176 innings while walking just ten.
Three players achieved back-to-back first team All-America honors. Notre Dame (Salinas, Calif.) junior pitcher Kim Reeder led her team to the league and section championships, and a No. 9 final ranking in the USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25. Reeder went 27-1 in the circle, compiling a 0.24 ERA.
Another California prep hurler achieved her second first team accolades. Vanden's Angelica Selden, a UCLA signee, won 26 games while compiling a stellar 0.03 ERA. Selden was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Arizona signee Adrienne Acton also garnered first team honors for a second consecutive year. The second baseman from Marana (Ariz.) High School hit .580 and was 36-for-37 on stolen base attempts.
Clovis (Calif.) senior pitcher Jennifer Reynolds is a first-team at-large selection after being named second team All-America in 2003. The Penn State signee went 38-2 with a 0.46 ERA, striking out 278 batters.
Crowley (Texas) pitcher Meagan Denny earned first team honors after leading her team to the Texas 4A state championship. The Gatorade state player of the year, Denny was 24-1 with a 0.04 ERA. The Texas signee fanned an amazing 407 batters in just 187 innings pitched.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) junior catcher Kristen Pocock, who was also tabbed Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year, hit .447 and slugged .685 in leading her team to a league title. Pocock threw out 9-of-11 potential base stealers and fielded .993 behind the plate.
Deer Valley (Phoenix, Ariz.) junior first baseman Laine Roth led her team to the Arizona 5A state title. Having already committed to Arizona, she hit .402 and belted 11 home runs and 44 RBIs.
Olathe East (Kansas) junior Valerie Chapple, one of the most touted recruits in the Class of 2005, was tabbed first team third baseman. Chapple hit .598 and slugged .978 to lead her team to a state crown and a No. 19 ranking in the final USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25. The junior tallied nine doubles and ten triples last season.
The first team outfield consists of Farmington (N.M.) junior Benita Sanchez, Central Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.) sophomore Destiny Covington and Brenham (Texas) junior Katie Bush.
Sanchez hit .537 in leading her team to the state championship. Covington was the only underclassman named to the first team. Covington hit .454 and had 11 home runs to lead Cabarrus to the state title. Bush led her team to a 35-3 record, hitting .644 and going 50-for-55 on stolen base attempts.
Midway (Waco, Texas) senior utility Brooke Saulters, who signed with Angelo State, led her team to a 21-2 record. Saulters hit .541 and went 11-1 in the circle with a 1.28 ERA.
Tricia Reingle, the Gatorade state player of the year in New Jersey, helped lead St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.) to the state championship and an unbeaten season. The junior tossed 23 shutouts, had four no-hitters and two perfect games.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association awards more than 300 first, second and third team All-Americans in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as in NAIA, NJCAA, California Community Colleges, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and high school.
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