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NFCA Releases the 2014 NJCAA Division I All-American Teams
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Overall 48 student-athletes from 26 different institutions have been selected as 2014 NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Americans, the Association announced on Wednesday.
Jefferson College and Arizona Western College each led NJCAA Division I with four overall All-American selections, with Jefferson College boasting a nation-leading three first-team choices. Southern Union State Community College, Polk State Community College, Temple College, Odessa College and Tallahassee Community College all received three total nods, while national champion Angelina College, Chattanooga State Community College, Chipola College, Midland College, Blinn College and Western Nebraska Community College rounded out the list of programs in possession of multiple inclusions.
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The three total first-team selections from Jefferson College consisted of pitcher Mackenzie Hoelting, infielder Morgan Brown and outfielder Anna Reed. The NJCAA Division I leader in victories with 33 against just five losses, Hoelting fired 28 complete games over 38 total starts with a 1.56 ERA and 151 strikeouts over 207 innings of work. Brown hit an impressive .441 overall for JC with 76 runs scored, 29 extra-base hits, including 19 doubles, 15 stolen bases and 75 RBIs. Reed led everyone in NJCAA I with an incredible 96 RBIs, tallying 79 runs scored and a .538 on-base percentage to go along with team-bests in doubles (23), HR’s (16) and slugging percentage (.876).
Southern Union State C.C. (pitcher Carlie Sargent & outfielder Courtney Shields) and Arizona Western College (catcher April Marquez & infielder Robyn Alvara) each possessed two selections on this year’s NFCA All-American first team. Sargent trailed only Jefferson College’s Hoelting in pitching victories, going 32-7 overall with 32 complete games, a 2.22 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 237 innings. As Southern Union’s leading hitter, Shields ranked third in NJCAA DI in RBIs (88) and fifth in batting average (.514) to go along with 75 runs scored, 42 extra-base hits, including 23 doubles, nine triples and 10 HR’s, 18 walks and 28 stolen bases while slugging at an .843 clip. Marquez put up a .438 average with 64 tallies, 20 doubles, 12 HR’s and 67 RBIs while swiping 21 bases and getting on base at a .493 percentage. AWC’s leading RBI producer with 78 runs knocked in, Alvara hit .368 with 45 runs scored, 12 doubles and 22 HR’s to tie for second in big flies in all of NJCAA DI.
Pitcher Sydnee Eck of Butler Community College and catcher Amy Szymanowski of the national runner-up College of Central Florida finished off this year’s first team battery selections. In her initial year at BCC, Eck ranked fifth in the nation in pitching wins (28) and strikeouts (228) while tallying a 1.55 ERA and 15 complete games over 189.1 innings. She also led her squad at the plate with a .435 average, totaling team-highs in runs (58), HR’s (14) and RBIs (58) to go along with 12 doubles and 23 stolen bases. An NJCAA DI National Championship All-Tournament Team choice, Szymanowski hit .381, tying for second in the nation with 22 HR’s to go along with a team-best 65 runs scored, 38 walks and 59 RBIs.
Rounding out this year’s first-team infield was Aubrey Whitmer of the College of Southern Idaho, Baylee Williams of Chattanooga State Community College and Kate Benton of Shelton State Community College. As one of the top hitters in the nation, Whitmer rated second in both batting average (.558) and RBIs (94) while putting up an amazing 87 runs scored, 20 doubles, 20 HR’s, 49 walks, a .635 on-base percentage and a .989 slugging mark. Williams batted at a .412 clip with 72 tallies, a staggering 32 doubles, 15 HR’s and ranked in the NJCAA DI top 10 in RBIs with 86. A true speedster with an amazing 60 stolen bases (fifth in NJCAA DI), Benton was among the national leaders in batting average at a blistering .505, plating 75 runs, posting 11 extra-base hits and knocking in 24 tallies.
Pima Community College’s Alexis Dotson and Polk State College’s Rose Stevens held down the final two outfield positions on this year’s first team. Dotson ranked fourth in NJCAA DI in batting average at .516, posting 69 tallies, 21 extra-base hits, 36 stolen bases and 38 RBIs, while Stevens put up a .424 mark with 66 runs scored, five doubles, 22 RBIs and the fourth-most thefts in all of NJCAA DI with 64.
Katie Harrison of Chipola College was selected as the designated player representative, while Northwest Florida State College’s Kaisey Carson was chosen as the first-team choice in the utility player slot. Harrison guided her team with a .431 average, knocking in an impressive 82 tallies while recording 37 runs, 10 doubles, 21 HR’s and a .892 slugging percentage. A contributor at both the plate and in the circle, Carson owned a 7-4 pitching mark with two saves, a 3.06 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 80 innings while hitting at a .430 clip with 50 tallies, 14 doubles, a team-leading 18 HR’s and 49 RBIs.