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Sierra, Siskiyous Lead 2012 CalJC NFCA All-Americans

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sierra and Siskiyous were the only schools to have multiple student-athletes selected to the 2012 NFCA Cal JC All-American teams, the Association announced on Tuesday when the annual list was released. Sierra led the way with three All-Americans, while Siskiyous had two.

To view a complete list of 2012 NFCA CalJC All-Americans, click here.

In the north, Sierra led all schools with three selections including outfielder Jenna Mae Thorne, catcher Annette Merjano and utility player Ashley Osier. Osier led the Big 8 this season with a .476 batting average and 54 RBIs, while also going 17-2 in the circle and striking out 70. Thorne finished third in the conference batting race with a .461 average to go along with 11 doubles, 23 RBIs and a conference-high 54 runs, while Merjano rounded out the trio of Wolverine All-Americans by batting .436 with 13 home runs, 16 doubles and 10 walks.

The two selections for Siskiyous came in the persons of pitcher Anna Miller and outfielder Stephanie Lascelles. Miller finished the regular season with a record of 17-2, a 0.79 ERA, two saves and 178 strikeouts, while Lascelles batted .408 with 31 RBIs, seven doubles, seven home runs and 19 walks.

The four infield spots on this year’s team went to De Anza’s Tawni Jobke, Ohlone’s Kaley Marden, Sequoias’ Taylor Wright and West Valley’s Jessica Barrett. Jobke hit an even .500 for the Lady Dons with a Coast Conference-North Division-high of 56 RBIs, while Marden led the same league with 18 doubles to go along with a .518 average. Wright also had a banner year, batting .548 with only four strikeouts to claim the Central Valley batting title, while Barrett hit .421 for the Vikings with 39 RBIs and 20 walks.

The final honoree in the north this year was outfielder Janessa Keahi of Monterey Penninsula. Keahi helped lead the Lobos to a play-off appearance by turning a .441 clip on the season with 36 runs and 22 RBIs.

In the south, no team received more than one selection, but it was the home to this year’s only two-time All-American, Christina Bolin of Saddleback. The infielder earned her second straight honor by leading the Orange Empire conference with a .495 batting average and conference-highs of 50 RBIs, 15 doubles and 32 walks.

Riverside’s Nichole Zink was the lone pitching honoree in the south and claimed the award by finishing the regular season at 21-8 with a 1.52 ERA and an astounding 240 strikeouts.

Claiming All-American honors in the infield this season was Canyons’ Ruby Herrera, Chaffey’s Samantha Springer and Mt. San Antonio’s Codi Arends. Herrera led the Blue Division of the Western State Conference with a .483 average and a league-high 26 walks, while Springer led the Foothills Conference by batting an unbelievable .609 to go along with 55 runs and 40 RBIs. Arends played a key role this season for the Mounties by hitting .488 with 60 hits and a South Coast Conference-high of 42 RBIs.

The three outfielders selected to this year’s team in the south were Lauren Castrellon of Cerritos, Angie Aguinaga of Citrus and Alia Williams of El Camino.

Castrellon hit .440 this year an scored a Western State-Blue high of 45 runs, while Agunaga notched a .421 average to go along with 31 runs and 23 RBIs. Williams helped lead the way for the Warriors this season by hitting .475, scoring 36 runs and walking 20 times.

Rounding out the 2012 honorees in the south were catcher Kara Frankhouser of Bakersfield and utility player Gabrielle Beasley of Southwestern. Frankhouser scored 41 runs this season for the Renegades, to go along with a .417 average and 20 doubles, while Beasley played an integral role in the Jaguars’ run to the super regionals by going 13-4 in the circle with a 2.14 ERA and hitting a Pacific Coast Conference-high .486 with 17 RBIs.