The NJCAA Division I Champions Wallace State-Hanceville leads all teams with five selections as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Americans were announced today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division 1 All-Americans
Whitney Little from Indian River Community Colege was named the adidas Golden Shoe award winner as the NJCAA Division I stolen bases leader.
Kelse Meyers of Iowa Western Community College was selected as the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year. Meyers hit .441 on the season, collecting 90 hits, 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 80 RBI while catching 11 potential base stealers. She had a .982 fielding percentage on the season and struck out just three times on the year.
For Wallace State-Hanceville, the NJCAA Division I Champions had a pair of first team selections, one second teamer and a pair of third-team selections.
Infielder Rachel Baucom and pitcher Jennifer Sexton earned first-team All-America honors. Baucom, a third baseman, hit .441 on the season with 16 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 61 RBI. Sexton went 26-3 on the year with a 1.06 ERA over 192-1/3 innings pitched. She recorded 11 shutouts, one save and 179 strikeouts over her 27 starts in the circle.
Second-team selection Holli Hill is also a pitcher for Wallace-Hanceville. Hill went 21-5 on the year with a 1.46 ERA with 207 strikeouts in 173-1/3 inning pitched.
Third-team selections for Hanceville included catcher Dandi Ammons and infielder Hannah Strength
Ammons hit .392 on the season with 11 doubles and 36 RBI. She caught 11 base-stealers and finished the year with a .988 fielding percentage. Strength, a shortstop, hit .340 on the season with 12 doubles, a triple, a home run and 38 RBI.
Two teams had four selections apiece, Eastern Arizona CC and Iowa Western CC.
Eastern Arizona had two first-team and two second-team selections. Shortstop Jackie Tema was selected to the first team, hitting .489 with 17 doubles, six triples and 11 home runs with 63 RBI. Outfielder Marina Gusman-Brown joined her on the first team, hitting .514 on the season with 14 doubles, five triples, 18 home runs and 43 RBI. She also stole 60 bases on the season.
On the second team, Eastern Arizona had pitcher Noe Esperas twirled 191 innings, striking out 248 batters en route to a 25-6 record and 1.39 ERA. Eastern Arizona’s final All-America selection was first baseman Sara Hopwood. Hopwood hit .500, going 71-for-142 with 44 runs scored, 13 doubles, 16 triples and 10 home runs for 47 RBI.
Iowa Western had three first-team selections and one third-team player. Catcher Kelsey Meyers, infielder Jenna Dell and outfielder Toni Dance. Pitcher Samantha Tiefenthaler was selected to the third team.
Joining Meyers, the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year, on the first team, Dell played third base for Iowa Western, hitting .373 with 69 runs scored, 13 doubles, a triple, 22 home runs and 73 RBI. Dance hit .460, scoring 74 runs with 28 doubles, two triples and 18 hme runs with 68 RBI.
Pitcher Samantha Tiefenthaler earned third-team All-America honor, tossing 195-1/3 innings, striking out 137 and going 24-7 with a 2.37 ERA.