Yavapai's Sierra RodriguezSTARKVILLE, Miss. – Forty-eight student athletes from 23 different institutions have been named to one of three 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All NJCAA Division I All-American teams, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
2011 NJCAA Division I National Champion Yavapai had a season-high, five total selections, three first-team and two second-team, while national semifinalist Blinn also had five total selections, four second-team and one third-team.
Pitcher Amelia Willadsen led the way for the Rough Riders and their three selections by going 34-1 on the year with a 0.98 ERA and 173 strikeouts. Fellow Yavapai pitcher Estella Pinon was also a first-team selection, she was 30-3 this past season and struck out a team-high 212 batters.
The final Yavapai first-teamer this year was infielder Sierra Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit a .524 in 2011 with 82 RBIs, 89 runs and 17 stolen bases.
Salt Lake also had multiple first-team honorees this year with pitcher Ariel Zimmerman and outfielder Savannah Webster. Zimemrman turned in a 2.06 ERA this year for the Bruins, while winning 29 games and striking out 318 batters. Webster was equally impressive on the other side of the plate by hitting .503 and notching an incredible .548 on-base percentage.
Rounding out teams with multiple selections year was pitcher Sarah Mendez and outfielder Erica Wolver of Navarro. Mendez, who was a second-team All-American in 2010, fanned 258 batters this year while going 25-2 with a 0.87 ERA. Her teammate, Wolver, once again led the nation in stolen bases this season, this time swiping 86 of 88 bases attempted.
The catcher on this year’s first team was another two-time honoree, Veronika Fukunishi. Fukunishi earned her way back on to the first team this season by hitting .374 on the year and driving in 43 runs.
Central Arizona’s Jamie Prussic led–off this year’s infield on the first team, after being selected to the third team in 2010. Prussic turned in the nation’s third highest batting average this season at .556, while also placing fourth in RBIs with 96 and leading the country in home runs with 30.
Howards’ Olive Naoatla was also an RBI machine this season, using 22 home runs to tally 94 on the year, while also hitting .469.
Rounding out the infield on the first team this year was Marina Groenewegen of Southern Idaho, Bradi Wall of Iowa Western and Andrea Sullivan of Chipola. Groenewegen hit just under .500 this season, at .495, with 95 RBIs and 23 home runs, while Wall scored 69 runs, drove in 72 and had 10 round-trippers.
Sullivan was an integral part of Chipola’s stellar season by scoring 42 runs off of 68 hits, all while driving in 62 and hitting 18 home runs.
Outfielder Jessica Soria of Arizona Western was the last of the two-time All-Americans to be selected to the first team this year. Soria, also a first-team choice last season, hit .520 on the year with 62 runs and 115 base hits.
The final two selections to this year’s first team were outfielder Jessica Schneider of Pima and designated player Megan Christensen of Wallace State-Hanceville. Schneider hit .500 this year with 16 home runs, while Christensen batted .453 with 21 doubles and 20 runs.
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