LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the student-athletes chosen for this season’s quartet of NFCA NWAC special awards.
Two of the honorees are members of Southwestern Oregon Community College, which finished 2021 with a 30-4 overall record, 21-3 in the South Division. Brittany Bye was named Schutt Sports/NFCA Player of the Year, while McKenna Marshall took home Diamond Sports/NFCA Catcher of the Year. Everett Community College’s Kaylie Hoskins was tabbed Schutt Sports/NFCA Pitcher of the Year and Clackamas Community College’s Sydney Stolze earned the New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe award.
Bye, an NFCA All-American at third base, batted .482 on the year, and led 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. Bye registered 18 multi-RBI games, including 12 with three or more, and 17 multi-hit contests.
Marshall topped the Lakers and was ninth in the conference with a .525 batting average. The NFCA All-America catcher drew 21 walks and reach base at a .603 clip, which 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.
Hoskins blistered the NWAC with 173 strikeouts in just 85 innings. She punched out 89 more batters than the nearest competitor, averaging 14.25 per seven innings. Leading the Trojans to their first North Region title since 2007, Hoskins, an NFCA All-American, went 10-1 and posted a league-low 2.06 ERA. The freshman southpaw recorded three shutouts and 11 double-digit strikeout games, along with surrendering just three long balls.
Stolze, an NFCA All-America outfielder, tied for an NWAC-best 18 stolen bases in 19 chances. She swiped three twice against Southwestern Oregon and Chemeketa. Stolze topped the Cougars, hitting .528 with 47 hits, 30 RBI and 29 runs scored. She posted 11 double-digit hit contests, including nine with three or more.
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 and voted on by the All-American committee members or by the entire division.