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Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region Teams Announced

Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region Teams 

Top-ranked St. Thomas put four players on the Midwest Region first team as the NFCA announced its 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region teams Monday. 

The Tommies put Janet Nagle at the pitcher’s spot, while her battery mate, Nikki Conway, earned the catcher’s position. Carrie Embree claimed shortstop honors, while Maria Bye landed on the first team at the utility position. 

Rowan’s stellar on field play showed up in the East region selections, as a Division III-best six nominees were named to the first team. Colleen Oswald took pitcher honors with last year’s all-American, Michelle Schlichtig. Lauren Navarro was named first-team honoree at second base, while Kristin Wallace earned the third base spot. Rowan notched two of the three outfield positions, as Kristina Brenner and Kate Lavin were named to the squad along with at-large selection Jen Lake. 

Plattsburgh State landed five on the Northeast region’s first team, including the batter of Stephanie Zweig and catcher Keri Brean. Heidi Benware secured one of the outfield spots, while Jackie Leitz and Melissa Luciano were named at-large selections for their play in the circle and at utility, respectively. 

A fixture on the Atlantic region squad each of her collegiate seasons, Salisbury senior Lacey Lister once again garnered first-team pitcher honors to highlight three Sea Gulls who landed on the first team. Erin Ruest had another solid year offensively to take the first base position again, while Kristy Shaffer joined her in the infield at shortstop. Meaghan O’Gara and Stacey Malarkey brought Salisbury’s all-region total to five players as both earned spots on the third team. 

Augustana (Ill.) had four players tabbed for the first team in the Great Lakes region. The squad dominated the infield, with second baseman Erin Daniels named to the first team squad along with the left side of the infield in third baseman Samantha Knox and shortstop Lorena Cernetisch. Jenny Szybowicz joined the trio on the first team as she snagged an at-large spot. 

Williams led all schools in its region with the three selections to the New England region first team. Alana Frost was named at-large for the second straight year, and was joined this season on the first team by pitcher Clara Hard and fellow at-large honoree Joey Lye. 

Muskingum put a pair of players, catcher Kari Hoying and at-large selection Lindsey Bramhall, on the all-Central region first team, joining a quartet of West region schools that had a pair of first-team honorees. 

East Texas Baptist put catcher Kelly Shipley and shortstop Christy Shipley on the first team, while Hardin Simmons snagged first-team honors at first base with Sadye Hill and outfield with Nicole Cortez. Both LaVerne and Linfield each had an outfielder and at-large selection named to the first team. LaVerne put Amanda Jones and Kelley Silagyi on the first team, while Linfield had Shelly Stienke and Stephanie Rice named to the squad.