LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2016 NFCA NJCAA Division II All-Americans Teams, consisting of 48 student-athletes from 29 different institutions, were announced by the Association on Wednesday afternoon.
College of Central Florida led the way with five overall selections and four on the first team. Tyler Junior College came in with four honors and three on the first team. Reaping three nods each were Florida Southwestern State College, national champion Butler Community College, Western Nebraska Community College, Chipola College and Howard College.
Northwest Florida State College and Gulf Coast State College rounded out the list of schools in possession of multiple inclusions.
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Representing College of Central Florida on the first team are pitcher Kalen McGill, infielder Brooke Barlow and outfielders Kelsee Cullop and Mariah Wise. McGill set the program’s single-season win record, posting a 33-4 mark with a NJCAA DI-best 0.83 ERA and 124 strikeouts. Barlow became just the third player in Region 8 history to knock in over 100 runs in a single season, finishing second in NJCAA DI with 107. She hit .471 on the year with 97 hits, 20 doubles, 19 home runs, a .525 on-base percentage and .864 slugging percentage. Cullop, a Marucci Elite Hitter, was the top hitter in District G, Region 8 with a .476 average. She recorded 100 hits with 20 doubles, five triples, 11 round trippers, 93 RBI and 87 runs scored. Wise, a sophomore, swiped 67 bases, second most in NJCAA 1, and was caught just once. She matched Barlow with 97 hits and a .471 batting average, while leading the squad with 10 triples and 91 runs scored.
Tyler CC’s three first-team nods are catcher Amber Landry, infielder Jazlyn Crowder and outfielder Tanna Huie. Landry hit .405 with 83 hits, 17 doubles, 13 long balls and 81 RBI. Crowder clocked in with a .449 average, a team-best 106 hits and 30 doubles, each ranking fourth in NJCAA D1. In addition, she clubbed 15 home runs, knocked in 67 runs and swiped 45 bases. Huie, now a two-time All-American, was a Marucci Elite Hitter for District K and Region 14, batting .528 (4th in NJCAA DI) with 95 hits, 20 doubles, nine homers, 63 RBI and 82 runs scored. Her 41 free passes attributed a NJCAA DI third-best .634 on-base percentage.
Rounding out the first-team pitchers are NJCAA Pitcher of the Year Courtney Gettins of Florida Southwestern and two-time All-American Lexi Smith of Temple College. Gettins led the Buccaneers to their first NJCAA national tournament appearance. She posted a record of 39-6, the most wins across all three divisions, with the third-most strikeouts in the country, 284, and compiled a 1.49 ERA in 296.1 innings. Smith led all pitchers in NJCAA with 418 strikeouts in 240 innings good for 12.16 punchouts per game. She was 28-6 with a 1.31 ERA, surrendered just four home runs and held her opponents to a miniscule .137 batting average, fifth lowest in the nation.
Joining Landry as a first-team catcher is Northwest Florida’s Hannah Sparks, who helped the Raiders to a 44-8 Panhandle Conference and regular season title. Sparks hit .401 with 16 home runs, 48 RBI and a team-leading 63 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and 61 hits.
Mariah Garcia of Galveston College, two-time All-American Kawehi Kahana of Central Arizona and Morgan Bohanan of Butler CC come in as the final two first-team infielders. Garcia led the Whitecaps in almost every offensive category with a .453 average, 81 hits, 25 doubles, 20 home runs, 68 RBI, 61 runs, a .507 on-base percentage and .950 slugging percentage. A Marucci Elite hitter from District A and Region 1, Kahana hit an eye-popping .594, good for second in NJCAA DI. She also ranked nationally with a 1.043 slugging percentage (2nd), .643 on-base percentage (2nd) and 28 doubles (t-7th). In addition, Garcia recorded 10 home runs, 64 RBI and 82 runs scored. Bohanan played a key role in Butler’s first national title. She led the team in batting average (.490), doubles (30) and on-base percentage (.562) while compiling 77 hits, (tied for a team second-best) 54 RBI and 46 runs.
Elite Marucci Hitter Haille Weber of Western Nebraska CC rounds out the first-team outfielders. The freshman first and third baseman led District E and Region 6 and 9 with a NJCAA DI fifth-best .531 batting average. The Region IX Player of the Year finished in the top three in four national categories. She led the nation with 114 RBI, was second with 104 runs scored and third with 109 hits and 31 doubles.
Hailing from Northwest Florida State, Savannah McHellon is the first team’s designated player. She belted 23 home runs, hit .405 with 58 RBI , 42 walks, a .571 on-base percentage and 1.054 slugging percentage, which was the third-best in NJCAA DI. She also was undefeated in the circle during the regular season (19-0) and finished 2016 with a 20-2 mark, 1.50 ERA, nine shutouts and 180 strikeouts in 149 innings of work.
Finalizing the first team is the Utility All-American, Seminole State’s (Fla.) Morgan Williams. Garnering her second All-American honor, Williams hit .364 with a team-best eight home runs and 56 RBI. In the circle, she posted a 20-10 record with a 1.88 ERA and 131 strikeouts.