LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is pleased to announce the 10 student-athletes that have been selected as recipients of the 2014 NFCA Golden Shoe accolade.
The NFCA Golden Shoe award is presented annually to the player determined to be the most outstanding base stealer from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.
A committee comprised of elected head coaches in each of the 10 divisions selects the winner of their respective award. This year’s winners of the prestigious honor are as follows:
NCAA Division I
TAYLOR GADBOIS – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
Gadbois swiped an impressive 46 bases in 51 attempts in 2014. The redshirt sophomore outfielder from Maryville, Mo., guided the Tiger offense with a .421 batting average, ranking 33rd in NCAA Division I, while plating 55 runs, posting six doubles, 16 walks, seven RBIs and an on-base percentage of .466 on her way to being selected as a third-team NFCA Division I All-American.
NCAA Division II
KASSIDY TALLY – DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Division II national leader with a staggering 74 thefts in 76 attempts for a 1.19 stolen base-per-contest average, Tally also hit .346 for the Lady Statesmen in 2014 with a team-best 63 runs scored and 23 walks to go along with 14 RBIs and a .419 on-base percentage. The second team Gulf South Conference selection’s steal total proved solid enough to break both the Delta State and GSC single-season theft record of 60 that was established by DSU’s Alyse Hasty back in 2006.
NCAA Division III
KAYLA MALKOS – VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
Malkos, a second team NFCA All-Atlantic Region honoree in 2014, topped all of NCAA Division III in steals with 52 in 57 attempts and ranked second in steals-per-game at 1.13. The sophomore infielder from Roanoke, Va., also ranked second on her squad with a .378 batting average, a .457 on-base percentage and 43 runs scored while posting four extra-base hits and 23 RBIs.
RACHEL LAIRD – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-VICTORIA
A first team NFCA NAIA All-American in 2014, Laird proved a sparkplug from her leadoff position in the lineup for the Jaguars by leading the team in batting average (.564), runs (67), hits (92), walks (24), on-base percentage (.622) and stolen bases (43). The centerfielder led the NAIA in hits per game (1.917) and was second in the nation in runs scored per game (1.396). She also finished in the top 10 in the nation in seven other offensive categories: fourth in stolen bases per game, stolen base attempts per game and total hits, was fifth in total stolen bases and batting average, sixth in total stolen base attempts and ninth in total runs scored.
NJCAA Division I
THERESA DECOSTY – JEFFERSON COLLEGE
Decosty picked up a 2014 NFCA NJCAA Division I Second Team All-American nod after deadlocking for second in all of NJCAA DI in stolen bases with 74 thefts in 77 total attempts. The outfielder batted .486 overall with a team-high 92 runs scored to go along with 16 doubles, a staggering 14 triples, two HR’s and 52 RBIs, while slugging .714 with a .541 on-base percentage.
NJCAA Division II
REBECCA WYATT – PHOENIX COLLEGE
Wyatt, a sophomore outfielder, was nearly perfect on the base paths in 2014, swiping an NJCAA Division II-leading 72 bags in 73 total attempts. The second team NFCA NJCAA Division II All-American also batted at a .494 clip overall with 77 tallies, 20 walks, four doubles and 14 RBIs, all while posting a .552 on-base mark.
NJCAA Division III
EMMA TRAINA – JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE
An infielder for Joliet Junior College, Traina finished the year ranked second in all of NJCAA Division III in thefts with 42 steals in 43 tries. She also topped her squad in batting average (.458), runs scored (48) and hits (65) while totaling 14 extra-base hits, 20 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .493 and a 1.078 OPS.
JOANNA PERUCCIO – CERRITOS COLLEGE
A freshman outfielder out of Long Beach, Calif., Peruccio hit .415 overall with a team-best 53 tallies, 56 hits, five extra-base knocks, 31 walks and 16 RBIs. She made a major impression via speed during her inaugural campaign for the Falcons by leading the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in thefts with 44 in 51 total attempts.
RACHEL RAY – CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
A speedster with a squad-high 29 stolen bases, freshman outfielder Ray rated eighth in the Northwest Athletic Conference with a .470 batting average to go along with 48 runs plated, 63 hits and eight RBIs as Clackamas finished the year second in the South Region at 16-4 and as the NWAC national runner-up after registering a 39-7 overall mark.
TAYLOR LOCKWOOD – WALKER HIGH SCHOOL (LA.)
Lockwood, an LSU signee slated to participate in the Louisiana High School All-Star Game, made the most of 32 games for Walker H.S. in 2014. The senior was perfect on the base paths by swiping 42-of-42 bags to go along with a staggering .551 batting average, 35 tallies, 54 hits, five doubles, three HR’s and 21 RBIs. The first team NFCA High School All-American also posted a .602 on-base percentage and a 1.296 OPS.