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College of San Mateo, Mt. San Antonio College Lead 2014 NFCA CalJC All-Americans
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The College of San Mateo and Mount San Antonio College topped all schools with three selections each to the 2014 NFCA CalJC All-American teams, the Association announced on Monday.
In the North Region, College of San Mateo led the way with a trio of inclusions to the prestigious listing, including infielder Brooke Ramsey and outfielders Raquel Martinez and Natalie Saucedo. The trio helped power the third-ranked Bulldogs to a third consecutive Coast Conference-North title with a sterling 39-2 record. Ramsey rated fifth in the CCCAA in home runs with 13 while registering a .510 mark, 35 runs scored and 47 RBIs. Martinez topped the squad and was fifth overall in the league in batting average at a sterling .548 to go along with a team-best 57 tallies, six doubles, five HR’s and 18 RBIs. Saucedo hit at a .477 clip with 33 runs scored, an impressive 31 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles, and 49 RBIs.
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Solano College, the Bay Valley champions, boasted a pair of selections in the North Region as pitcher Shannon Mestas and infielder Aleyna Benipayo reaped nods as NFCA All-Americans. Mestas ranked among the league leaders in the majority of pitching categories, rating second in ERA (1.10) and fifth in both wins (22) and strikeouts (189) over 133.1 innings of work. Benipayo proved the second-best hitter by average in the CCCAA at a remarkable .557, guiding her squad with 65 runs scored, 26 extra-base hits, including a staggering 12 triples, 33 stolen bases (fourth In CCCAA) and 55 RBIs (fourth in CCCAA) while slugging 1.000.
Rounding out the North Region infield selections were Sierra College’s Tayana Mata and Sacramento City College’s Mickey Loveridge. Mata powered her school to the Big 8 crown by hitting .468 with 54 tallies, 10 doubles, 15 HR’s (tied for second in the CCCAA) and 46 RBIs, while Loveridge batted .481 with 32 runs scored, seven doubles, eight big flies and 39 RBIs.
Also receiving All-American accolades in the outfield from the North Region was Cabrillo College’s Mikal Cuellar as the freshman registered a .480 mark with 36 tallies, 32 thefts and 13 RBIs for the Coast-South runner-up.
Filling the North Region catcher and utility player positions were San Jose City College’s Treasure Rodriguez and Shasta College’s Dominique Foster, respectively. Rodriguez knocked in 33 runs while batting .421 with 17 extra-base hits, 14 walks and 35 tallies. Foster hit at a .381 clip with a team-best 34 runs and 12 doubles in addition to nine steals and 16 RBIs while helping Shasta to the Golden Valley title.
Turning attention to the South Region, Mount San Antonio College topped everyone with three All-Americans in infielder Charlotte Foster, outfielder Alexandrea Simmons and utility player Celina Felix. With a CCCAA-best 19 HR’s in addition to a team-high 60 runs scored, a .480 average, 11 doubles and 50 RBIs, Foster helped her squad to third in the South Coast with a 34-8 overall record, while Simmons swiped 28 bases and batted .520 with 54 tallies, 13 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs. One of the top power hitters in the CCCAA, Felix rated in a tie for first in both RBIs (59) and HR’s (15) while leading Mount San Antonio with a .553 average and 16 doubles.
Both East Los Angeles College (pitcher Alashanee Medina & catcher Valerie Aguilar) and Palomar College (infielder Kali Pugh & outfielder Keilani “KK” Fronda) could boast a pair of NFCA All-American selections from the South Region. Medina ranked second in the CCCAA in strikeouts (325) and third in wins (25) for the South Coast titlists while recording a 1.31 ERA and 32 complete games over 224.1 innings. Aguilar topped her squad with a .413 average, plating 35 tallies while adding 13 two-baggers, eight HR’s and a squad-high 37 RBIs. As the No. 1 hitter by average in the CCCAA, Pugh hit at an amazing .605 clip with 17 doubles, eight HR’s and 57 RBIs (third in CCCAA). Fronda added a .443 mark with 57 runs scored, a team-high 21 doubles, nine HR’s and 37 RBIs for the Pacific Coast champions.
Infielders Sara Moore of Citrus College and Danyelle Sturm of College of the Desert and Santa Ana College outfielder Emily Whitecavage completed the South Region All-American team. Moore ranked fourth in the CCCAA in average at .551, plating a squad-best 41 runs for the Western State-Blue champs, while contributing 11 doubles, 11 HR’s and 42 RBIs. In helping lead her squad to the Foothill crown, Sturm batted at a .488 pace with 40 tallies, 22 extra-base hits and 48 RBIs. Whitecavage sat just outside the top five in overall batting average at .534, scoring 49 runs, delivering 11 extra-base hits, swiping 25 bags and knocking in 19.