LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The top two teams in the most recent poll (May 3), No. 1 Wenatchee Valley College (40-5) and No. 2 Mt. Hood Community College (36-5), boasted three selections each to lead all schools as the NFCA announced the NWAACC All-American Team on Friday.
In total 12 student-athletes from seven different institutions received national accolades from the Association. No. 4 Clackamas Community College (28-14) trailed closely behind Wenatchee and Mt. Hood with two honorees, while Walla Walla Community College (18-27), No. 5 Southwestern Oregon Community College (27-12), No. 3 Bellevue College (35-5) and Treasure Valley Community College (20-20) each earned a single selection to the prestigious listing.
The first of three Wenatchee Valley honorees and a repeat All-American after a 2012 nod, pitcher Hailey Bator guided the league with 22 pitching victories and a 0.64 ERA while also rating second in strikeouts with 230 and batting .354 with 29 RBIs. Joining Bator as All-Americans were teammates infielder Julia Rambo and utility player Kirstie Thomas. Rambo registered an impressive .463 batting average and a team-best 53 runs scored to go along with 10 doubles, a pair of HR’s and 39 RBIs. Thomas batted .362 with 37 tallies, 12 doubles, a triple, two HR’s and 34 RBIs, while also posting a 15-4 record from the circle with a 2.67 ERA and 58 K’s over 94.1 frames of effort.
Pitcher Ann-Marie Guischer of Mt. Hood finished second in the league in ERA (1.47) and fifth in strikeouts (132) while tossing seven complete games and tallying a 10-4 mark over 86 innings of effort.
In addition to being named as an All-American pitcher, Guischer earned all-NWAACC recognition as a first team selection as well as Pitcher of the Year honors. This is the second year that she has won such distinction -- in 2012, while a senior at The Dalles Wahtonka, the all-state athlete, earned the Columbia River Conference's co-pItcher of the Year with Pendleton's Kristen Crawford, ho incidentally is a teammate at MHCC.
Teammates catcher Courtney McCarthy and infielder Teauna Hughes joined Guischer as part of the illustrious listing. McCarthy hit .411 overall with 28 runs scored, 10 doubles, four HR’s and 27 RBIs, while Hughes topped the league in HR’s (19) and was fifth in RBIs (51), while also leading her squad in average (.479) and runs (49).
Fourth-rated Clackamas CC had two student-athletes named as part of this year’s All-American squad in infielders Rashaun Sells and Tasha Silvius. Sells ranked fourth in the league in batting average at .491, while scoring 36 times, bashing nine doubles and six HR’s and knocking in 28 runs. Silvius provided the offensive power for her squad, leading her team in HR’s (10) and RBIs (43) while batting .427 with 37 runs scored.
Joining Bator as repeat All-Americans on the 2013 team were outfielders Brandy Knowles (Walla Walla), Jayme Simonis (Southwestern Oregon) and Autumn Isaacson (Bellevue). Knowles registered a .423 average with 49 tallies and a team-best 18 doubles, while also bashing six HR’s and knocking in the sixth-most runs in the league (49). Simonis batted .417 and swiped a squad-best 22 bases to go along with 39 tallies, six doubles, three triples and 12 RBIs, while true speed merchant Issacson rated sixth in the league in batting average (.488) and made a pest of herself on the basepaths, scoring an impressive 62 times and swiping an incredible 52 bases while also registering six doubles, five HR’s and 35 RBIs.
Last but certainly not least on the NWAACC All-American Team was Treasure Valley utility player Cheyenne Barger. She guided the league in batting average (.578) and RBIs (61) while also finishing tied for second in HR’s (14).