Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division III All-America Team
Anne Arundel had four players named all-American, while 2006 national champion Monroe had three to highlight the 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division III All-America Team as announced by the association Wednesday.
Anne Arundel put two players in the battery positions, with hurler Kristie Hurman named to the squad along with battery-mate Danielle Martinez. Hurman posted a 26-3 record on the season with a 1.08 ERA. She had 285 strikeouts to 74 walks over 200 innings of work. A .985 fielder, she guided the Pioneers to a third-place national finish as she allowed 45 runs, 31 earned, on 101 hits during the year while hitting .353 with two home runs and 25 RBIs.
Martinez earned Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year accolades after leading AACC with a .579 average that included 12 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 45 RBIs and 48 runs scored. She fielded at a .986 clip with 340 putouts and 22 assists to just five errors. She also threw out 11 of the 14 runners who attempted to steal on her this year.
Anne Arundel also placed a pair of infielders on the all-America team. Christina Bales hit .480 on the year with 10 doubles, a triple, 28 RBIs and 27 runs scored. She was a stellar 4-of-4 on the base paths, while fielding at a .906 rate in her first season with the squad. Amber Stapler accompanied her on the squad after hitting .425 and scoring 30 runs to go with her 21 RBIs. She was 11-of-12 in stolen bases, and defensively tallied a .941 percentage.
Monroe’s Alison Duff was named to the outfield, while Tara Rogowski and Kate Blundell were tabbed to the infield after guiding the Lady Tribunes to a school-record 38 wins and the school’s first softball national title.
Duff led the trio with a .523 average on the year. She delivered nine doubles, three triples and 10 home runs while driving in 63 runs and scoring 38 more. She also finished the year perfect in the field, registering 21 putouts and three assists. Rogowski followed right behind at the plate on the season, hitting .514 as she collected 59 RBIs on nine doubles, a triple and nine home runs. Blundell successfully swiped all 11 stolen base attempts on the year, hitting .462 with eight doubles and a triple. She also collected 24 RBIs while scoring 29 more.
Camden and Sussex County each added a pair of players to the squad. Camden put pitcher Miranda Cifelli on the squad after she finished the season with an 18-5 mark in the circle with a 1.13 ERA and 159 strikeouts. Her battery mate, Joanna Hyland, also earned a spot on the squad after hitting .557 with three home runs, 11 doubles and four triples. She also stole 13-of-15 bases this season.
Sussex County put Caitlin Roach on the all-America squad at the designated player/utility spot after she hit .330 on the season including 11 doubles, seven triples and three home runs. She accounted for 81 of the team’s runs on the campaign, driving in 45 and scoring 36 times. They also added Holly Muys in the outfield after a stellar 2006 sophomore campaign in which she hit .450 with nine doubles, a home run, 33 RBIs and 37 runs scored. She also fielded at a .975 clip, registering 28 putouts and 11 assists with just a single error.