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NFCA Announces NJCAA Division III All-America Team
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is pleased to announce the 2014 NJCAA Division III All-America team.
This year’s All-America squad is comprised of 16 players representing seven schools across the three NFCA geographic regions.
NJCAA Division III national champion Rock Valley (42-9) garnered the most selections at five, while, runner-up Herkimer (34-7) was close behind with four. Brookdale and Corning each had two players chosen, while three others had one apiece.
Pitcher Amanda Blankenship, infielders Danielle Walker and Kaytee Keefe, outfielder Katie Meyer and At-Large selection Haley Love all excelled this season for the Golden Eagles.
Sophomore Blankenship went 3-0 at the national tournament with a 0.30 ERA to collect both Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Tournament honors. Overall, she compiled a 21-5 record with an 1.97 earned-run average, 20 complete games and 241 strikeouts in 181 innings, for an average of 9.32 strikeouts per game.
Fellow sophomore Walker, Rock Valley’s shortstop, and freshman first baseman Keefe picked up two of the five infield slots. Walker batted .503 with 24 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 11 stolen bases and 82 runs batted in over 51 games. Keefe, meanwhile, hit .462 with 16 doubles, two homers and 48 RBI.
Golden Eagle freshmen Meyer and Love rounded out the team’s honorees, with Meyer posting a .434 average, 13 doubles, two triples, seven steals and 49 RBI, while third baseman Love hit .459 with nine doubles, six triples, eight steals and 30 RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Toni Secreti led the way for Herkimer, with a 15-2 record in the circle, 21 complete games, an 1.28 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 131.2 innings. Fellow sophomores Sammy Smaldone (catcher) and Ashley Sterritt (infield) and freshman Sarah Heimbach (outfield) were the Generals’ other choices.
Smaldone hit .541 with 23 doubles, nine homers, 53 RBI and just four strikeouts in 133 at bats. Sterritt batted .496 with 15 doubles, 12 homers, 12 steals and 54 RBI, while Heimbach compiled a .500 average, 14 doubles, six triples, and 26 RBI.
Sophomores Samantha Hosey (pitcher) and Cassidy Brzozowski (outfield) earned Brookdale’s two awards, while freshmen Jamie Cook (catcher) and Gabby Citriniti (infield) were selected for Corning.
Hosey was 19-1 with a 0.43 ERA, 146 strikeouts in 129.2 innings and just eight earned runs allowed all season. Brzozowski hit .477 with 17 doubles, six homers, 15 steals and 53 RBI.
Cook batted .412 with 11 doubles, 12 homers, 13 steals and 57 RBI, while Citriniti compiled a .538 average with 18 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 49 RBI.
College of DuPage sophomore Karen Caithamer rounded out the infield selections on the strength of her .468 average, 21 doubles, three triples, six homers, 12 steals and 45 RBI.
Gloucester County sophomore Taylor Rizzotte scored the other outfield spot, posting a .457 average to accompany three doubles, three triples, 17 RBI and 34 steals.
Monroe Community College sophomore Lexi Haley grabbed the designated player nod, after hitting .484 with 17 doubles, 10 homers, four steals and 48 RBI.
NFCA member coaches in the East, North and Midwest regions selected the teams. For the complete squad, click HERE