For their outstanding efforts in last week’s tournament, three members of the Blinn College softball team were named to the NJCAA Division I Women’s Softball National Championship All-Tournament Team.
Outfielder Alex Yarborough (SO, Boerne) and pitcher Jocelyn Tacquard (FR, Santa Fe) were selected to the All-Tournament team, while designated player Ariel Gomez (SO, Sealy) was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
Gomez led the Buccaneers offensively by hitting .476 and driving in seven runs. In six games she had one home run, two doubles and five runs scored.
Yarborough finished the tournament with a .500 batting average (9-18) and seven RBI’s.
In her first national tournament appearance, Tacquard led the Buccaneer to three wins in four appearances. In those games, she pitched 15 innings, giving up only 13 hits and five earned runs, while striking out 11 batters.
The Buccaneers finished the season 55-8 and a 4th place overall finish in the national tournament.
2011 NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S SOFTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Ariel Zimmerman, Salt Lake (UT) CC; Emily Smethurst, Tallahassee (FL) CC; Jocelyn Jacquard, Blinn (TX) College; Kirsten Grant, Tallahassee (FL) CC; Brittney Dennison, Darton (GA) College; Sierra Rodriguez, Yavapai (AZ) College; Alanna Leasau, Tallahassee (FL) CC; Madi White, Salt Lake (UT) CC; Brooke Budge, Salt Lake (UT) CC; Vanessa House, Yavapai (AZ) College; Brittany Keiser, Yavapai (AZ) College; Alexandra Yarborough, Blinn (TX) College
2011 MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Ariel Gomez, Blinn (TX) College (.476/2 2B/1 HR/7 RBI/5 RS)
2011 MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER
Estela Pinon, Yavapai (AZ) College (3-0/0.00 ERA/21.2 IP/23 K/.185 OBA/1 RA)
2011 MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Kim Wallace, Lake Land (IL) College (1.000 FLD%)
2011 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE 2011 NJCAA TOURNAMENT
Estela Pinon, Yavapai (AZ) College
2011 KAREN L. SYKES OUTSTANDING COACH OF THE 2010 NJCAA TOURNAMENT
Stacey Iveson, Yavapai (AZ) College