LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fourteen players from seven schools have garnered 2022 NFCA National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III All-America Team recognition, the Association revealed on Wednesday afternoon.
Rock Valley College, which collected an NJCAA-record eighth straight national title, leads with four honorees. National runner-up Corning Community College earned three accolades, while Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Herkimer College each had two All-Americans.
Niagara County Community College and North Dakota State College of Science, and St. Cloud Technical College had one honoree apiece.
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Corning’s Alexis Wood (third base) and Anoka-Ramsey outfielder Emma Bright are each earning their second All-America plaudit.
RVC’s All-America quartet of pitcher Hannah Hockerman (25-4, 1.74 ERA, 222 K, 10.43 K/7 IP), first baseman Evy Polsfuss (.448, 16 2B, 13 HR, 57 RBI, .858 SLG), second baseman Jenna Turner (.413, 14 2B, 6 3B, 44 RBI, 70 R) and outfielder Kaitlin Stefek (.435, 9 2B, 71 R, 83 H, 58 SB) , who topped NJCAA DIII in stolen bases, played a pivotal role in the Golden Eagles 2022 national title. Hockerman earned the NJCAA DIII National Championship Most Valuable Pitcher honor and Turner was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Corning’s second consecutive runner-up finish was keyed by the trio of Wood (.503, 27 2B, 105 RBI, 62 R), shortstop Grace Vondracek (.626, 9 HR, 65 RBI, 88 R, 46 SB) and outfielder Emma Loomis (.494, 18 2B, 86 R, .573 OBP). Wood, who led NJCAA DIII in RBI, took home the NJCAA DIII Championship Defensive Player of the Tournament accolade with Vondracek and Loomis earning All-Tournament recognition. Vondracek led NJCAA DIII in batting average, hits (88), runs and on-base percentage (.683).
North Dakota SCS’s pitcher Katelyn Strauss (21-7, 1.70 ERA, 323 K, 13.41 K/7 IP) also earned NJCAA DIII All-Tournament honors and led NJCAA DIII in ERA, strikeouts and strikeouts per seven innings.
Representing Herkimer are pitcher Elora Wilmot (12-1, 2.00 ERA, 95 K, 9.5 K/7 IP) and Hailey Hunter at Designated Player or Utility/Non-Pitcher (.418, 46 RBI, 35 R, .508 OBP).
Anoka-Ramsey’s Bright (.593, 31 RBI, 72 R, 52 SB, .626 OBP, .836 SLG) and Utility/Pitcher Sunny Straight (.459, 19 2B, 12 HR, 88 RBI / 7-3, 3.00 ERA, 40 K) were the Golden Rams’ recipients. Bright finished ranked second in stolen bases, fourth in average and sixth in on-base percentage, while Straight was second in RBI , fourth in doubles and sixth in home runs.
St. Cloud Tech’s Rainna Stangle (.597, 19 HR, 18 RBI, 1.139 SLG) is the first-team catcher. She led NJCAA DIII in slugging, finished second in home runs and third in RBI and walks (28).
Maggiemay Murrins (.527, 19 2B, 11 HR, 82 RBI / 10-5, 72 K) of Niagara County earned All-America honors at Utility/Pitcher. She finished the year ranked third in hits (88), fourth in doubles and RBI and eighth in long balls.
NFCA NJCAA DIII All-America athletes are nominated and voted by NFCA-member head coaches to receive this prestigious accolade.
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