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Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region Teams Announced

 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region Teams 

Six of the eight Division III regions saw a wide distribution of first-teamers among teams as the NFCA announced its 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region teams Monday. 

The Atlantic and West regions were both dominated by one team, as Salisbury and Linfield placed five players each on the first team all-region squads. Salisbury was led by two three-time first-team all region performers in shortstop Kelly Waskewicz and second baseman Stacey Malarkey. Joining them were pitcher Stacy Davis and her battery-mate Lauren Brenneman, as well as outfielder Meaghan O'Gara. 

Four-time all-region pitcher Brittany Miller again headlines the Linfield all-region squad, and she is joined by what could arguably be the country's best infield, as second baseman Alex Hartmann, third baseman Emily Keagbine and shortstop Staci Doucette all received first-team nods. Emilee Lepp, her battery-mate, received a first-team at-large selection. 

Midwest perennial power St. Thomas again boasted a strong individual showing, placing four individuals on the first-team squad, led by three-time all-region outfielder Alison Wright. Fellow outfielder Missy Bruggeman, as well as catcher Steph Moores and first baseman Colleen Owen, join her for the Tommies. 

Tufts, who nearly completed a perfect regular season with just one loss, placed four on the New England first team, as well. Shortstop Casey Sullivan is again a first-team nod after receiving those honors in 2007, and she is joined by outfielders Maya Ripecky and Laura Chapman, as well as designated player Lena Cantone. 

The four remaining regions had several teams placing three individuals on the first team squads, including Ohio Northern in the Central region. ONU was led by three-time all-region outfielder Amanda Fought and two-time all-region shortstop Liz Decima and pitcher Cortney Cash. Cortland State had three first-teamers on the Northeast region squad, led by three-time pitcher Katie Finch. Joining her were second baseman Donnalyn Cross and outfielder Brooke Weidman. 

In the East and Great Lakes regions, both first-team squads were filled by two teams with three individuals, including William Paterson and Messiah in the East and Wisconsin-Whitewater and Illinois Wesleyan in the Great Lakes.