2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-American Teams
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Forty-eight student-athletes representing 40 different member high schools from 21 states have earned the honor of being named to one of three 2010 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American teams, the Association announced on Friday.
Florida 4A State Champion Dunnellon was the only team to place two players on the first team this season, however they were just one of six schools over all three teams to have two players selected. Elkins (Texas), Naples (Fla.), North Davidson (N.C.), Pearland (Texas) and St. Amant (La.) rounded out the schools that had multiple selections this year.
In total, 26 of this year’s 48 All-Americans have committed to play softball at the collegiate level, with 24 of those commitments choosing to continue their academic and playing careers at a NCAA Division I institution.
The first of three pitcher’s selected to this year’s first team was Kasey Fagan from Dunnellon. Fagan went 26-1 for the Tigers this season with 293 strikeouts, all while batting .574. The Florida signee helped lead her team to the state title by producing an ERA of 0.57.
Also earning first team honors as a pitcher was Alabama commitment Jaclyn Traina of Naples. Traina posted an astonishing 0.19 ERA in 2010 and helped lead the Golden Eagles to the state title game with a final record of 30-2.
Liz Paul of Clements (Texas) also received a nod at pitcher on this year’s first team after finishing the season with a record of 31-6. Paul ended her senior campaign with a 0.77 ERA and will enroll and play at Baylor in the fall.
Rounding out the pitchers on this year’s first team was Becca Changstrom of Nebraska Class A State Champions Lincoln Southwest. Changstrom, who will play at Creighton next season, also had a 0.19 ERA this year to go along with a 33-2 record and 357 strikeouts.
Earning first team status at catcher this season was Sarah Mooney of North Mecklenburg in Davidson, N.C. Mooney hit .605 this year for the Vikings, while throwing out 15 would-be base stealers and allowing just two passed balls from behind the plate.
Leading off the infield for this year’s first team was Cristina Caravano of Hunterdon Central (N.J.) at first base. After sitting on the sidelines for nine months, Caravano bounced back in a big way from a torn labrum by batting .650 during her senior year with 15 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs.
The choice at second base this season was Ryan Iamurri, also of Naples, will join Jaclyn Traina next season at Alabama. Iamurri hit .541 this year with 16 extra base hits, 27 RBIs and 23 walks. She also committed just one error in 99 chances for a fielding percentage of .998.
Earning the first team honor at third base was Amber Garza of Elkins. Garza, one two Texas A&M commitments on the first team, finished the year with a batting average of .408 while driving in 33 runs off of 11 doubles, five triples and six home runs.
Joining Garza at Texas A&M next year will be shortstop Emily Albus of Brenham (Texas). Albus’ batting average of .661 was the highest of any of the 81 All-American candidates this season. She also had an on-base percentage of .796, a slugging percentage of .895 and stole 70 of 75 bases.
The first of three outfielders on this year’s first team was Breja’e Washington of Cajon (Calif.). Washington batted .464 this season for the Cowgirls, with 15 of her 39 hits going for extra bases including eight triples. Washington has committed to attend Texas in the fall.
Also honored in the outfield this year was Kelsi Jones of Carmel (Ind.), who will play at Missouri next season. Jones had a big year for the Greyhounds by hitting .453 with nine doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBIs.
The final outfielder recognized this season was Andrea Di Prima of Buffalo Grove (Ill.). Di Prima finished her junior year with a .583 batting average, while scoring 33 runs herself and driving in 43. Her 16 doubles, three triples and 10 home runs helped her finish the 2010 campaign with a slugging percentage of 1.035.
Filling out this year’s first team in the four allotted at-large positions were two shortstops and two pitchers.
The two at-large shortstops making the team of 16 this season were Tammy Wray of Somers (N.Y.) and Taylor Hasselbach of Clarkston (Mich.). Wray, an LSU signee, hit .611 for the Tuskers in 2010 with 23 extra base hits for a 1.360 slugging percentage, while Hasselbach, who will play for Michigan next year, scored 59 runs off of 67 hits while recording 18 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs.
The last two spots on the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-American first team went to Emily Rousseau of Evangel Christian (La.) and Sarah Buchholz of Gulliver Preparatory. Rousseau helped lead Evangel to the Class 2A state title by going 26-7 with a 0.30 ERA and 18 shutouts, while Buchholz played an integral part in Gulliver’s Class 3A championship by recording an ERA of 0.30 to go along with 233 strikeouts and just 13 walks.