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Cathi Aradi

Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-American Teams Announced

 Texas placed five players, the most from any other state, on the first team of the 2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-America Teams, the association announced Thursday. 

Pitcher Tomi Garrison from Garland High School, Catcher Calli Wood of Bryan HS, Third Baseman Taylor Hoagland of Flower Mound HS, Brenham High’s Shortstop Emily Albus, and Utility player Kelsea Orsak from Pearland HS were the five chosen from the Lone Star State. 

Broad Run (VA) finished the season as the No.1 team in the nation in the final USA Today/NFCA High School Poll and had one player named to the first team, pitcher Caitlin Delahaba. The other pitchers named were Masuk’s (CT) Rachele Fico and Kenzie Fowler of Canyon Del Oro (AZ). Fowler wasn’t the only Dorado named an All-American as third baseman Katie Asher was selected to the second team. 

Along with Wood, the second catcher named to the first team was Sheldon‘s (CA) Lindsey Ziegenhirt. One other player from California was named to the first team, and that was UCLA signee Andrea Harrison. 

The first team’s first baseman was Erin Falkenberry, from Pendleton Heights in Indiana. The slugger finished the 2008 season with a .510 batting average, 12 homeruns, 55 runs batted in. Next season, Falkenberry will play at Butler University. 

The final infield spot on the first team was given to second baseman Taylor Tooley from Barrington (IL). This past season the junior hit .474 with seven homeruns and 43 RBIs. 

For the second straight year, Shadle Park (WA) had two players named to the first team. The Spokane high school also had two players named to the honorable mention team. Outfielder Allie Burger was selected to the first team for the second straight year and pitcher Samantha Skillingstad was named to the first team after being a second teamer last season. China Frost and Danielle Lynn were the other two Highlanders named to an All-America te