BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Fifteen softball players from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) with All-Region status this week, including three First Team selections.
Saint Benedict pitcher Ally Hjort joined Hamline designated player Aubree Douglas and St. Thomas infielder Melissa Barry as First Team honorees from the MIAC. Six more – St. Olaf pitcher Julie Graf and shortstop Emily Carr, Bethel infielder Allie Fauth, St. Thomas infielders Chase Shortly and Elise Barnes, Saint Benedict outfielder Emilie Antony and St. Catherine infielder Jenna George – received Second Team honors. St. Thomas catcher Jenna Bromen, Macalester outfielder Julia Carpenter, St. Catherine pitcher Krista Flugstad and shortstop Kylie Macziewski, and Saint Benedict infielder Megan Toninato all received Third Team recognition.
All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. First Team All-Region choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 23 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.
|2018 MIAC NFCA ALL-MIDWEST REGION SELECTIONS|
|Pos.||Name||Institution||Class||Hometown | High School||Team||Previous Selections|
|P||Ally Hjort||Saint Benedict||Fy.||St. Paul, Minn. | Woodbury||First Team||--|
|DP||Aubree Douglas||Hamline||Jr.||San Jacinto, Calif.||First Team||2017 (2T)|
|AL||Melissa Barry||St. Thomas||Jr.||Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview||First Team||2017 (2T)|
|P||Julie Graf||St. Olaf||So.||Sammamish, Wash. | Eastlake||Second Team||2017 (1T)|
|1B||Chase Shortly||St. Thomas||Jr.||Forest Lake, Minn.||Second Team||2017 (2T)|
|2B||Allie Fauth||Bethel||Fy.||Hutchinson, Minn.||Second Team||--|
|SS||Emily Carr||St. Olaf||Jr.||Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson||Second Team||2017 (1T)|
|OF||Emilie Antony||Saint Benedict||Jr.||Forest Lake, Minn.||Second Team||2017 (2T)|
|AL||Elise Barnes||St. Thomas||So.||South St. Paul, Minn.||Second Team||--|
|AL||Jenna George||St. Catherine||Jr.||Ellsworth, Wis.||Second Team||2017 (1T)|
|AL||Jenna Bromen||St. Thomas||Jr.||Eagan, Minn.||Third Team||--|
|AL||Julia Carpenter||Macalester||So.||Stevensville, Mich. | Lakeshore||Third Team||2017 (1T)|
|AL||Krista Flugstad||St. Catherine||Sr.||Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson||Third Team||2017 (1T), 2016 (2T)|
|AL||Kylie Macziewski||St. Catherine||Sr.||Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson||Third Team||2017 (2T)|
|AL||Megan Toninato||Saint Benedict||Sr.||Woodbury, Minn. | Hill-Murray||Third Team||2016 (3T)|