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2016 NAIA Softball All-Americans Announced

June 03, 2016
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2016 Softball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Sophomore Ashli Hafford of St. Gregory’s (Okla.) is named the NAIA Player of the Year and Senior Nicole Nonnemacher of Saint Xavier (Ill.) is honored as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year. The All-America teams are comprised of First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections.

Nonnemacher is the only four-time All-American on the list, as she was a first-team All-American all four years. In addition, Nonnemacher becomes the first individual in NAIA history to win the NAIA Pitcher of the Year accolades in three consecutive years.

Kyndra Holasek of Oklahoma City and Randi Wimpy of Reinhardt (Ga.), are the only three-time All-Americans amongst the 2016 honorees.

Not including that trio of players, there were five other repeat All-American’s.

Hafford finishes her second season for the Cavaliers as the Blanchard, Okla. native ranked in the top 10 in the NAIA in eight offensive categories – No. 2 in runs batted in per game (1.3), No. 2 in slugging percentage (0.932), No. 3 in homeruns (18), No. 4 in homeruns per game (0.3), No. 4 in total runs batted in (74), No. 8 in total bases per game (2.6), No. 9 in batting average (0.480) and No. 10 in total bases (138).

Nonnemacher won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year for the third-straight season after a 30-4 mark in the circle. The Bloomington, Ill., native compiled 16 shutouts in 39 appearances. She logged 245.1 innings. In NAIA season statistical rankings, Nonnemacher landed No. 2 in opponent batting average (0.121), No. 2 in hits allowed per nine innings (2.8), No. 3 in wins (30), No. 4 in earned run average (ERA) (0.940), No. 4 in total innings pitched (245.1), No. 11 in innings pitched per game (6.2), No. 18 in saves (three), No. 28 in total runs allowed (36). For her career, Nonnemacher has amassed a 102-20 record with an ERA of 1.09. She has recorded 1,369 strikeouts to just 194 walks. She helped the Cougars to a NAIA National Championship Runner-up finish.

Since the Player of the Year award inception in 1998, six players are making their team All-American debut.

2016 NAIa Softball All-America Teams

First Team (sorted by position)    
Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Ashli Hafford St. Gregory's (Okla.) UTIL So. Blanchard, Okla.
Taylor Powell Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) P Sr. Alabaster, Ala.
Abby Meador* Oklahoma City P So. Midwest City, Okla.
Georgia Wall Oklahoma City P Fr. Marlow, Okla.
Nicole Nonnemacher*+^ Saint Xavier (Ill.) P Sr. Bloomington, Ill.
Abby Beasley Arizona Christian OF Sr. Peoria, Ariz.
Kaisey Carson Indiana Wesleyan OF Jr. Avon, Ind.
Taylor Clinkenbeard Mobile (Ala.) OF Sr. Hueytown, Ala.
Samantha Plott St. Gregory's (Okla.) OF Sr. Bakersfield, Calif.
Amanda Brandenburg Bethel (Tenn.) INF Jr. Camden, Tenn.
Jacqueline Roof Campbellsville (Ky.) INF So. Paducah, Ky.
Alex Vargas Dickinson State (N.D.) INF Sr. Riverside, Calif.
Sydney Fourman Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) INF So. Somerset, Ky.
Julinn Torres LSU Alexandria (La.) INF Jr. El Paso, Texas
Kyndra Holasek*+ Oklahoma City INF Sr. Mustang, Okla.
Kali Pugh Oklahoma City INF Jr. Vista, Calif.
Alex Springer* Indiana Wesleyan DP So. Fort Wayne, Ind.
Leslie Miller Oklahoma City DP Sr. Blanchard, Okla.
Jaci Smith Oklahoma City C Fr. Godley, Texas
Randi Wimpy*+ Reinhardt (Ga.) C Sr. Cartersville, Ga.
Second Team (sorted by position)    
Name School Pos.   Hometown
Raquel Granados LSU Alexandria (La.) C Sr. El Paso, Texas
Brittany Plimmer Saint Xavier (Ill.) C Jr. Bloomingdale, Ill.
Ali Graham Oregon Tech DP Fr. Chehalis, Wash.
Lauren Geringer Central Methodist (Mo.) INF Sr. O'Fallon, Mo.
Corrin Ziepke Hastings (Neb.) INF So. Omaha, Neb.
Logan Personett* Marian (Ind.) INF Jr. Seymour, Ind.
Madison Ellis Oklahoma City INF Jr. Yukon, Okla.
Sammy Leisinger St. Gregory's (Okla.) INF Jr. Little Axe, Okla.
Cejay Hilhorst Valley City State (N.D.) INF Sr. Killarney, Manitoba
Taylor Eilders Corban (Ore.) OF Jr. Cameron Park, Calif.
Kendra Tott Grand View (Iowa) OF Sr. Ames, Iowa
Taylor Weeks Reinhardt (Ga.) OF Jr. Adairsville, Ga.
Brianna Perez York (Neb.) OF Sr. Madera, Calif.
Victoria Decker* Campbellsville (Ky.) P Sr. Leitchfield, Ky.
Tori Burke Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) P Sr. Bartlett, Ill.
Claudia Farrell* Grand View (Iowa) P So. Des Moines, Iowa
Lyndsey Parden Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) P Sr. McDonough, Ga.
Lindsie Scholwinski Southeastern (Fla.) P Jr. Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
Taylor Winn Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) UTIL Jr. Herrin, Ill.
Taylor Doege Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) UTIL So. San Antonio, Texas


Honorable Mention

Name School
Kylie Christman Arizona Christian
Lacye Walker Bryan (Tenn.)
Molly Carter Columbia (Mo.)
Emily Maves Davenport (Mich.)
Alex Watson Dickinson State (N.D.)
Caitlyn Carter Freed Hardeman (Tenn.)
Chaselyn Allgeier Georgetown (Ky.)
Clarissa Knight Grace (Ind.)
Heather Sabata Hastings (Neb.)
Emily Nolan LSU Alexandria (La.)
Marci West LSU Alexandria (La.)
Emma Cook Madonna (Mich.)
Brittany Bishop Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Aubrey Voboril Morningside (Iowa)
Jenna Daniel Oklahoma Wesleyan
Tara Moates Oregon Tech
Jenna Jones Rio Grande (Ohio)
Kelsie Abbott Siena Heights (Mich.)
Paris Hallums Simpson (Calif.)
Hannah Moak William Carey (Miss.)

Player of the Year: Ashli Hafford, St. Gregory’s (Okla.)
Pitcher of the Year: Nicole Nonnemacher, Saint Xavier (Ill.)

* 2015 All-American
+ 2014 All-American
^ 2013 All-American