LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thirteen student-athletes have been named to the NFCA’s Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-America team, the Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Leading the way with four overall selections is Southwestern Oregon Community College. North Idaho College followed with three honorees and Clackamas Community College had two All-Americans.
The quartet consisting of pitcher Esmeralda Banuelos, catcher McKenna Marshall, third baseman Brittany Bye and utility/pitcher Alyssa Smokey led SWOCC to a 30-4 overall record and 21-3 in the NWAC’s South Division. Banuelos was a conference-best 13-2 with 75 strikeouts and nine complete games in 91 innings of work. Marshall topped the Lakers and was ninth in the conference with a .525 batting average. Her 21 walks and .603 on-base percentage ranked fifth and sixth, respectively. Marshall also added 10 doubles, seven long balls and 45 RBI. Behind the dish, she recorded a .993 fielding percentage and threw out five of 10 runners attempting to steal.
Bye batted .482 on the year, leading the NWAC with 16 home runs, 69 RBI and 27 walks. She ranked second with a 1.018 slugging percentage and 52 runs scored, tied for third with 54 hits and tied for seventh with 12 doubles. Smokey hit .495 and ranked in the NWAC’s top ten with 13 home runs (t-2nd), 50 runs (3rd), 25 walks (3rd), .624 on-base percentage (.624), 54 RBI (t-5th) and a .990 slugging percentage (7th). In the circle, she was 11-1, second most wins in the NWAC, with a save, striking out 71 in 81 innings.
NIC’s Taryn Vanderwiel, Taya Escalante and Kasey Davis keyed the Cardinals to the top of the East Division with a 23-4 overall record, 22-4 in divisional play. Vanderwiel earns the nod at third base. She hit .578 (63-for-109) with 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 55 RBI, while not striking out in 121 plate appearances. Vanderwiel topped the NWAC in hits, ranked second in batting average and long balls, and tied for second in RBI.
Escalante, an outfielder, hit .545 (54-for-99) with a 14 doubles, five home runs, 39 RBI and a team-high 48 runs. She ranks in the league’s top 10 in doubles (t-2nd), hits (t-3rd), runs (4th) and .619 on-base percentage (4th) and batting average (6th). Davis, the NWAC’s top slugger at 1.110, earned the honor at Designated Player or Utility/Non-Pitcher. She also one of the top league’s offensive players, ranking tied for second with 13 home runs and 55 RBI, fourth with a .560 batting average and seventh with 51 hits.
Clackamas CC All-Americans are pitcher Riley Shopp and outfielder Sydney Stolze. Shopp finished 8-1 with 41 strikeouts and six complete games. Stolze led the Cougars, hitting .528 with 47 hits, 30 RBI, 29 runs scored and is tied NWAC-best with 18 stolen bases.
Joining Banuelos and Shopp as an All-America pitcher is Kaylie Hoskins from Everett Community College. Hoskins blistered the NWAC with 173 strikeouts, 89 more than the nearest competitor, in just 85 innings, averaging 14.25 punchouts per seven innings. Leading the Trojans to their first North Region title since 2007, she also posted a league-low 2.06 ERA, surrendered just three long balls, and finished 10-1with three shutouts and 11 double-digit strikeout games.
Earning honors at second base is the NWAC batting champion, Kinzey Williams from Lower Columbia College. Williams, keying the Red Devils to a 20-0 record in the South Division, topped the charts with a .622 batting average (46-for-74) and also led the league with a .641 on-base percentage. She scored a team-best 38 runs and swiped 10 bases.
Bellevue College All-America shortstop Kelci Studioso hit . 514 with 37 hits, eight doubles, four homers, 25 RBI, 27 runs scored and a .598 on-base percentage, which ranked eighth in the NWAC.
Walla Walla Community College’s Kate Hopkins earns All-America recognition as an outfielder. Hopkins ranked second overall with 57 hits, tied for second with 55 RBI and tied for fifth with 13 doubles. She hit . 523, homered nine times, slugged .890, scored 43 runs and swiped 12 bases.
NFCA All-Region and All-American athletes must be nominated by their NFCA-member head coach, are voted for by the coaches in their region or division, and ultimately selected by elected All-American committee members to receive this prestigious accolade. These honorees are in the top 1% of student-athletes competing during the 2021 season. All special awards are also selected by the All-American committee members or by the entire division.