NFCA Announces 2018 NWAC Softball All-Americans
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twelve student-athletes have been named to the NFCA’s Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-America team. Additionally, Douglas College’s Rachel Warburton and Treasure Valley Community College’s Jordan Henley were named recipients of the New Balance / NFCA Golden Shoe and Diamond Sports / NFCA Catcher of the Year awards.
Leading the way with three overall selections is North Idaho College and Walla Walla Community College. Edmonds Community College had two honorees with four other programs earning one accolade.
Pacing No. 1 North Idaho are infielder Kylee Curtan, pitcher Madi Mott and utility player Megan Carver. Curtan tops the NWAC with a .603 average, 108 hits, 32 doubles, 95 runs and a .635 on-base percentage, while adding 11 home runs, 62 RBI and the second-best slugging percentage at 1.011. Mott is a league-best 24-1, owns a NWAC-low 1.65 ERA and 179 strikeouts to just 22 walks in 128.2 innings, while holding her opponents to a .159 batting average. Additionally, Mott hits .445 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs, 65 RBI and 66 runs scored. Carver is third in the conference with a .522 batting average and is second with 22 doubles. She also recorded 83 hits, four triples, 12 homers, 66 RBI and 69 runs.
Walla Walla, who finished second in the East Division and is the No. 4 tournament seed, is led by infielder Kylee Hill, outfielder Hailey Danly and utility Brandi Schoessler. Hill ranks second in the NWAC with a .539 average, 89 hits and a.586 on-base percentage, while launching 14 long balls, driving in 59 runs and scoring 71 times. Danly is hitting .438 with 67 hits, 16 doubles, four triples, 14 round trippers, 57 RBI and 59 runs. Schoessler is hitting .371 with seven doubles, 11 long balls, 48 RBI and 54 runs scored.
Hurler Lesieli Aholelei and infielder Chantelle Shimabukuro keyed Edmonds to a 29-3 record, a North Division title and the third overall seed at the NWAC Tournament. Aholelei, the lone returning All-American, is tied with Mott with 24 wins (24-3) to go along with a conference-best 217 strikeouts and four saves. Shimabukuro is hitting .488 with 20 doubles, 52 RBI, 72 runs scored and a .550 on-base percentage.
New Balance Golden Shoe recipient Warburton was selected an All-American at the outfield spot. She leads the NWAC with 44 stolen bases and helped Douglas to a 27-5 overall mark and the No. 2 seed in the NWAC tournament. Additionally, Warburton is hitting .482 with 67 hits, 48 runs scored and 27 RBI.
Treasure Valley’s Henley, named the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year, earned her first NFCA All-America nod. She is hitting .420 with 12 doubles, a NWAC-best 18 home runs, 52 RBI and 47 runs scored.
Rounding out the 2018 All-Americans is Everett Community College infielder Megan Dedrick and Mt. Hood Community College outfielder Makiah Johnson. Dedrick is hitting .487 with 76 hits, 12 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs 46 RBI and 56 runs scored. Johnson bats .474 with 13 doubles, three triples, 51 runs scored and 23 stolen bases.
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|2018 NFCA NWAC ALL-AMERICANS|
|New Balance Golden Shoe Award:Rachel Warburton, Douglas
Diamond Catcher Award: Jordan Henley, Treasure Valley
Coaching Staff of the Year:
Head Coach Don Don Williams
Assistant Coach Shay Fuson
Assistant Coach Laura Fierro
Assistant Coach Dan Silva