Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-Region Teams
LIU-C.W. Post and Wingate each had five players named first-team all-region in their respective regions as the 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-Region teams were announced Thursday by the association.
Wingate dominated the South Atlantic region infield, placing Mandi Chester at catcher, Sarah Carleton at first, Megan McPhail at second and Grace Cunningham at short. Kimee Lewis also received first-team accolades in the outfield.
LIU-C.W. Post pitcher Danielle Stallone received the most votes at the position in the Northeast to earn first-team honors, joining battery mate Jill Fisher who received the nod at catcher. Holly Eringis tallied first-team honors at first base. Samantha Yodowitz earned a first-team nod at utility, while Kelsey Cooley notched one of the outfield slots.
Top-ranked Humboldt State had four players named to the first team West squad, led by pitcher Lizzy Prescott. Her battery mate, catcher Jessica Padilla, joined her on the first team along with third baseman Brandi Harrison. Nancy Harbeson joined the trio on the first team, taking outfield honors along with Renee Rubio, one of four first-team selections for Cal State Bakersfield.
Bakersfield put first baseman Amber Mills on the first squad. She was joined by teammates Bethany Snow in the outfield and utility player Christie Hill.
Lock Haven led all Mid-Atlantic region squads in first-team selections, placing a quartet of players on the squad. Freshman hurler Kristin Erb led the way at one of the pitcher’s spots, while her catcher, Amanda Roosa, took first-team catcher accolades. The left side of the Lock Haven infield took first-team honors, with Sarah Norris being named at third base while teammate Courtney Hughes claimed the shortstop position.
Emporia State joined the list of schools with four first-team region performers. The Hornets had pitchers Melissa Stevens and Courtney Reed named to the North Central first team squad, joining shortstop Bree Beattie and outfielder Morgan Viola.
Florida Tech and Alabama-Huntsville led the South region with three first-team honorees each. Tech placed catcher Courtney Harless on the first team along with second baseman Katie Naumoff and designated player Megan Hube. UAH had shortstop Kellie Corder named to the squad, joining outfielder Kristin Spencer and utility player Stephanie Pinto.
With catcher Mariah Piper leading the way, Regis played three players on the first team to lead the South Central selections. Piper was joined on the squad by shortstop Melissa Backlund and outfielder Heather Utecht.
Diversity ruled the Great Lakes region, as five teams put a pair of players on the first team squad. Southern Illinois, Edwardsville placed pitcher Sabra McCune and outfielder Alicia DeShasier on the squad. Indianapolis took one of the other pitcher’s spots as Beth Wendlinger earned a spot along with third baseman Lauren Booten.
Northern Kentucky added a pair of players as catcher Sarah King claimed first-team accolades along with second baseman Ricki Rothbauer. West Virginia Wesleyan put shortstop Heather Hall on the first team in addition to designated player Sarah Baise, and Lewis added outfielder Robin Martz and utility player Mallory Paine to the squad.
The first-team selections in each region will be eligible to earn all-America honors. The 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-America team will be honored May 16 at the NCAA Division II Championship banquet in Salem, Va.