LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Sixteen student-athletes have been named to the NFCA’s Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-America team. Additionally, Mt. Hood Community College’s Sarah Stanfill and Edmonds Community College’s Prestyne Kaimi-Montira were named recipients of the New Balance / NFCA Golden Shoe and Diamond Sports / NFCA Catcher of the Year awards.
Leading the way with three overall selections is Bellevue College and Centralia College. North Idaho College, Mt. Hood, Big Bend Community College, Edmonds Community College each had two honorees.
Keying No. 1 Bellevue are pitcher Rhaney Harris, infielder Tatum Dow and outfielder Tori McDowell. The trio has guided the Bulldogs to a 40-5 overall record, 29-3 in league play to earn the top seed heading into this weekend’s NWAC Softball Championship. Harris is 19-1 with 127 strikeouts in 128.1 innings of work, holding her opposition to a .225 batting average. Dow ranks fifth overall with a .526 batting average, while topping the league with 81 hits and 75 runs scored. Additionally, she ranks in the top ten with 194 total bases (3rd), 20 doubles (5th), 75 RBI (7th), a .574 on-base percentage (8th) and .968 slugging percentage (9th). McDowall has driven in 80 runs (2nd), while batting .461 with 17 home runs (7th) and a .965 slugging percentage.
The fifth-ranked Trailblazers’ trio is comprised of infielder Olivia Dean, outfielder Britzy Hockett and utility player Dakota Brooks. Dean is in the running for the batting title, heading into the weekend with a .548 average, two points off the top spot, while her teammate Hockett is fourth with a .533 average. Dean also ranks third in hits (80), third in on-base percentage (.605), fourth in runs scored (71) and fourth in slugging (1.027). Hockett leads the NWAC with 81 hits and is seventh with a .574 on-base percentage. Brooks does it at the plate as well as helping out in the circle. She owns the third-best slugging percentage (1.058) as well as the third-most doubles (21), while also recording 18 homers (6th) and 80 RBI (2nd). Brooks is 20-6 with 136 strikeouts.
No. 2 North Idaho’s duo of hurler Madi Mott and outfielder Bailey Cavanaugh have led the Cardinals to a 33-9 mark, 27-5 in league play. Mott, the only returning All-American, tops the NWAC with a 1.71 ERA and 10.63 punchouts per game. At 20-2, she is tied for third in victories and is second with 199 strikeouts to just 21 walks. Additionally, she has launched a league-best 25 long balls with a .500 batting average, 74 runs scored and 68 RBI. Cavanaugh hits .469 with 12 doubles, 12 homers, 63 RBI and 51 runs scored.
Mt. Hood is led by pitcher McKenzie Pierce and infielder Kennedy Jantzi. Pierce has picked up 31 wins on the season, eight more than the next competitor. She is 31-5 with 121 strikeouts. Offensively, she’s batting .438 with 10 doubles, 13 home runs, 49 RBI and 60 runs scored. Jantzi has driven in a NWAC-best 85 runs, owns the second-best slugging percentage at 1.203, third-best batting average at .539 and is also third with 23 dingers.
Edmonds’ two All-Americans are Kaimi-Montira and infielder Ciena Kauhi. The Diamond Catcher of the Year ranks fourth with 22 round trippers and fifth with 78 RBI. She is also fifth with a 1.007 slugging percentage and seventh with 142 total bases. Defensively, she sports a .989 fielding percentage, committing one miscue in 88 chances. Kauhi tops the Tritons with a .477 average, five triples and 74 hits, while adding 10 doubles, 35 RBI and 65 runs scored.
Big Bend’s catcher Aubrey Barney and infielder Lynsey Valverde garnered All-America status for the third-seeded Vikings. Barney has a .400 average with 13 doubles, 14 home runs, 56 RBI and 59 runs scored, while Valverde (.460) leads the squad with 74 hits, 17 long balls, 21 stolen bases and 71 RBI.
Rounding out the 2019 All-Americans are Everett Community College’s Megan Parsley and Ashley Bonham of Southwestern Oregon Community College. Parsley, an outfielder, leads the Trojans with a .472 batting average, 60 hits, 21 doubles, 12 home runs, 52 RBI and 42 runs scored. Bonham, a designated player, is the Lakers’ top offensive threat with a .466 average, 68 hits, 15 doubles, 13 homers, 46 RBI and 52 runs, all team highs.
The Golden Shoe recipient Stanfill is tied atop the league with 34 stolen bases. The speedy outfielder was caught just twice all season, while also batting .391 with six doubles, six home runs, 35 RBI and 49 runs scored.