Four NCAA Div. III championships
PELLA — Five Central College players were named to the NFCA Division III All-Midwest Region softball team.
Shortstop Annie Sarcone (sophomore, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) and designated player Abbey Strajack (freshman, Davenport, Assumption HS) were both first-team selections and are under consideration for All-America honors, which will be announced Thursday evening at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Salem, Va.
Pitcher Rhianna Fleetwood (junior, Sycamore, Ill.) and second baseman Angela Davis (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) were second-team selections while right fielder Emily Te Brink (junior, Le Mars) was a third-team choice.
Sarcone is a two-time first-team all-Iowa Conference honoree and was also this year’s Outstanding Position Player Award recipient for the league. She hit .374 with 13 doubles, a team-high 46 RBIs and a school record-tying nine home runs. She posted a .942 fielding percentage and helped turn 10 double plays.
Strajack, also a first-team all-Iowa Conference pick and an NCAA Pella, Iowa Regional all-tournament team selection, was Central’s leading hitter in her rookie season. She hit .382 with a team-high 39 runs scored and broke the school freshman-season hits record with 55. Strajack, who also played first base, stole 13 bases and posted a .979 fielding percentage.
Fleetwood, another first-team all-conference choice, posted a 16-4 record with one save and a 1.26 earned run average. She threw 127.1 innings with 32 walks and 68 strikeouts.
Davis was chosen for the fourth consecutive year. She was also a four-time first-team all-conference pick. A Central co-captain, she batted .365 with 26 runs, seven doubles, four triples and 25 RBIs while stealing 10 bases. She had a .962 fielding percentage and helped turn 14 double plays.
Davis ranks third in school history in career hits (192), tied for first in triples, (16), fifth in doubles (36), third in total bases (275), fourth in runs (121), sixth in RBIs (96) and ninth in batting average (.357).
Te Brink hit .313 with 20 runs scored and 15 RBIs. She led the team with 21 stolen bases in 26 tries and had a .965 fielding percentage with six assists from right field.
Central finished fourth in the NCAA Division III Pella, Iowa Regional and won the Iowa Conference tournament after finishing second in the league regular season. The Dutch posted a 36-10 record and made their 24th NCAA tournament appearance in the past 27 years.