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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced 39 student-athletes from 37 programs have been voted to one of three 2022 NFCA High School All-America teams, the Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Lake Creek High School (Texas) was the lone program with multiple All-Americans with one representative on each team. The trio of pitcher Ava Brown (first team), shortstop Maddie McKee (second team) and third baseman Madelyn Lopez (third team) keyed the Lions (41-0) to a perfect season, which culminated with a UIL Class 5A title and the No. 1 ranking in the final USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25.

2022 High School All-America Videos  (First Team | Second Team | Third Team)

2022 High School All-Americans

Voted on by member head coaches, the awards honor softball student-athletes from around the nation. All student-athletes who earned All-Region status (2021 Summer/Fall and 2022 Spring) from the NFCA’s 10 membership regions, were on the ballot and eligible for All-America status. 

NFCA High School All-Region and All-America student-athletes must be nominated by their NFCA-member head coach. All-Region is voted on by their respective region’s member head coaches.

Seventeen states, ranging from Florida to Alaska, were represented with All-Americans. California topped the charts with nine honorees, closely followed by Texas with eight. New Jersey earned three plaudits, while five states – Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio – each had two awardees.

First-team pitcher Keagan Rothrock of Roncalli High School (Ind.) was named the 2021-22 Gatorade National Player of the Year for softball. Fellow first-team hurlers, Lake Creek’s Brown and Donovan Catholic High School’s (N.J.) Julia Apostolakos, were their state’s Gatorade Players of the Year, as well as the second-team pitcher Sage Mardjetko of Lemont High School (Ill.).

Rothrock and Apostolakos earned their second straight first-team accolade, while seven more earned All-America status for the second consecutive year. 

Multiple honorees include first-team outfielders Chelsea Mack of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School (Ohio) and Cassidy McLellan of Lakewood Ranch High School (Fla.), along with five on the second team – catcher Emma Kavanagh of Barrington High School (Ill.), first baseman Macee Eaton of Wheelersburg High School (Ohio), outfielders Hailey Golden of Pearland High School (Texas) and Dakota Kennedy of Sheldon High School (Calif.) and Pacheco High School’s (Calif) Abi Pikas at Designated Player or Utility/Non-Pitcher.

The Association realigned the high school membership into 10 regions for the 2021-22 season from the original five due in part to the growth of the group’s membership. You can find the regional breakdown HERE.

The NFCA’s special awards – Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year and New Balance Golden Shoe Award - for High School will be announced on July 22. 

The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded All-Region and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to a comprehensive drills database, to in-person events and a National Convention.

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