STARKVILLE, Miss. – Walla Walla leads the way with three selections to the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NWAACC All-American team. In total, 12 student-athletes from nine different institutions earned this year’s honor.
Walla Walla was not the only team with multiple winners this season, as Wenatchee Valley and Southwestern Oregon each placed two players on this year’s team.
Outfielder Natalie Leyland led Walla Walla’s three selections this season as the only two-time All-American on this year’s team. Leyland hit .510 on the season 75 hits, 55 runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 19 RBIs. Joining Leyland on the team were catcher Shaila Rivers and utility player Alexis Bobadilla. Rivers hit .417 this year with 38 runs, 15 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 33 RBIs, while Bobadilla had a .494 batting average and a 2.44 ERA to go along with 58 RBIs and 69 strikeouts.
Tying with Bobadilla for the utility spot was Annaleisha Parsley of Southwestern Oregon. Parsley hit .417 on the year and recorded a 1.86 ERA from the circle. Parsley also had 45 RBIs and 185 strikeouts. Parsley’s Southwestern Oregon teammate, Meg Harasymczuk, was also named to the team as one of three outfielders. Harasymczuk has hit a whopping .465 this season with 53 hits, 39 runs 13 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 43 RBIs.
The final team with multiple selections this season was Wenatchee Valley. Sydenee Jerome was one of two pitchers named to this season’s team after finishing the regular season with 1.42 ERA and 87 strikeouts. Also earning honors for the Knights was designated player Emma Winckler. Winckler hit .418 on the year with 51 hits, 30 runs, 18 doubles, three home runs and 29 RBIs.
Rounding out this year’s All-Americans were pitcher Ashley Suter of Clackamas, outfielder Camille DePew of Shoreline and infielders Tara Talbott of Treasure Valley, Debbie Molsbarger of Columbia Basin, Nicole Colpron of Mt. Hood and Tobey Varney of Bellevue.
Ashley Suter currently has a 0.90 ERA with 186 strikeouts, while DePew is batting .547 with 57 runs off of 64 hits, thirteen doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs and 43 RBIs.
Treasure Valley’s Tara Talbott finished the year with 49 hits, 50 runs, 11 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 43 RBIs for a .480 batting average. Molsbarger hit .437 for the Hawks during the year with 52 runs off of 59 hits with 15 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs and 47 RBIs.
Nicole Colpron of Mt. Hood is currently hitting .433 with 45 hits, 34 runs, eight doubles, seven homeruns and 45 RBIs, while Varney has a .496 batting average to along with 69 hits, 47 runs, 14 doubles, five home runs and 43 RBIs.
Eight of the nine schools that had student-athletes named to this year’s team will compete in the 2010 NWAACC Championship, May 21-24 in Portland, Ore.