Four Blinn College softball players have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Division I All-America team after leading the Buccaneers to their fourth consecutive Region XIV Conference championship and a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships.
Freshman second baseman Thomasina Garza was named a first-team infielder, sophomore pitcher Kaci Federwisch and freshman outfielder Leandra Maly were named to the second team and freshman third baseman Kristina Davila was named a third-team infielder. All four players were named to the NJCAA’s All-America team last month.
Garza (Pasadena) batted .410 this season with 10 homers, 45 RBIs and 44 runs scored.
“Any time you hit over .300, that’s good. Any time you hit over .350, that’s even better, but when you hit over .400 you’re in a category all by yourself,” Blinn coach Rick Church said.
Davila (Spring) batted .388 with a team-leading 11 home runs, a team-high 62 RBIs and 43 runs scored. She hit over .400 most of the year.
“Kris produced some big hits with runners in scoring position,” Church said. “She got her hits when they counted the most.”
Federwisch (Brenham) posted a 26-7 record over 221 1/3 innings this season. She recorded a 1.48 ERA while piling up 141 strikeouts and walking just 18. She was named the Region XIV Conference Player of the Year and has signed with the University of Texas-San Antonio.
“I don’t know if very many pitchers have had that remarkable of a strikeouts-to-walks ratio,” Church said. “Hers wasn’t bad last year, but this year it was just phenomenal.”
Maly (Pearland) posted a team-high .457 batting average, scoring 53 runs and stealing 16 bases. Her 97 hits ranks third all-time in Blinn history.
“She’s up there with the best there has ever been at Blinn,” Church said.
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