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FIRST TEAM 2008 EA SPORTS SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICANS Catcher - Brittany Arredondo (Smithson Valley, Spring Branch, Texas) Sr. The San Antonio area player of the year also wrapped up her high school career as a four-time super all-state selection. She batted .508 with 42 RBI and scored 52 runs. Arredondo also stole 21 bases while only being caught once. She will head to Tennessee where she plans to play shortstop. Catcher - Amanda Chidester (Cabrini, Allen Park, Mich.) Sr. University of Michigan recruit was a first team All-American last season and repeats that honor. Her team finished as the Division 3 state runnerup, after winning two straight Division 4 state titles, with a 37-3-1 record. Chidester batted .440 with eight home runs and 34 RBI but was walked 47 times and had .991 fielding average. Foes pitched around her after she hit .730 with 16 homers and a national record 90 RBI as junior. Catcher - Ashley Hansen (Corona del Sol, Tempe, Ariz.) Sr. Named as the Arizona Republic's big schools state player of the year, Hansen led her team to a runner-up finish in its division of the state playoffs this season. On the year, she hit .636 with 32 of her 77 hits for extra bases. She also scored 57 times, had 42 RBI and hit seven homers in her final season. Hansen was a USA Junior Olympics player last summer and tried out for the U.S. Olympic Team. She will head to Stanford next year. Catcher - Perelini Koria (San Pedro, Calif.) Sr. One of six finalists to be state player of the year in California, Koria is going to national powerhouse Arizona after setting the state record for career home runs. She hit 13 homers this year after ripping 17 as a junior and put her new state record total at 45. She also had a .463 batting average with 44 hits, 44 RBI and was walked 18 times. Her team at San Pedro won the CIF L.A. City Section title. Pitcher - Kirsten Allen (Ryle, Union, Ky.) Sr. University of Oklahoma recruit had 34-3 record with 29 shutouts, 11 no-hitters and four perfect games this season. She struck out over 400 batters. In her career, she set six state records, including 41 no-hitters and 15 perfect games. Allen's four other records were for career strikeouts with 1,838, career wins with a 142-22 total, and career shutouts with 110. Pitcher - Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas) Sr. It's hard to argue that Canion isn't worthy of being named All-American when she didn't lose all year and ended with a jaw dropping 0.10 ERA. She won 23 games along with a tie in the circle and struck out 281 batters. With her in the circle, Aledo won the Class 4A state title and was No. 3 in the final Rivals.com FAB 50 with a 38-1-1 record. Canion has been named the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Player of the year and will head to Baylor next season. Pitcher - Lindsey Dunlap (Hueytown, Hueytown, Ala.) Sr. State's Miss Softball honoree led 61-5-2 record Golden Gophers to third state title in four years, and first in largest Class 6A, while earning second class MVP honor. The left-handed Mississippi State recruit had 442 season strikeouts and 1,646 in career and was 41-1 this season. In 31 tournament innings, she struck out 59 batters. Pitcher - Dallas Escobedo (St. Mary's, Phoenix, Ariz.) Soph. Escobedo didn't quite throw every single inning of the Knights' season like she did last year but still threw in all but two games for a total of 229.2 innings. She ended with a 0.52 ERA, striking out 479 compared to just 26 walks. Escobedo also threw six no-hitters and a perfect-game in her first nine outings of the year in the circle. At the plate, she also hit .379 with 47 RBI and eight homers. In a span of three games she threw 25 innings without allowing a hit with back-to-back nine-inning no-hitters followed by a perfect game. Despite her young age, Escobedo already has committed to NCAA champion Arizona State. Pitcher - Rachele Fico (Masuk, Monroe, Conn.) Jr. Masuk High's all-star finished the season with 12 no-hitters and seven perfect games in the circle. One of those no-hitters came in the pressure-packed state championship game against Naugatuck, where Fico took the 1-0 win and earned Most Valuable Player honors. Just a junior, the hurler had an impressive 486 strikeouts in 195 innings and an ERA of 0.07. Fico also contributed at the plate with a .424 batting average, 21 runs scored and 20 RBI in 27 games. Pitcher - Kenzie Fowler (Canyon del Oro, Tucson, Ariz.) Jr. Fowler picks up another award to go with Southern Arizona player of the year and Gatorade National Player of the Year honors. She led the Dorados to the Class 4A Division I championship as she went 24-1 on the year with a 0.28 ERA. In 148.2 innings, she struck out 309 and had four no-hitters on the year. At the plate, she hit .448 with 33 RBI and scored 14 times. Fowler is perhaps the most inspirational player on this team as she bounced back from life-threatening surgery and eight days spent in intensive care last spring. Pitcher - Jolene Henderson (Sheldon, Sacramento, Calif.) Jr. The state junior player of the year in California led Sheldon to a second straight CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I title and No. 4 spot in the final Rivals.com FAB 50 national rankings. Henderson, a two-time player of the year by the Sacramento Bee and already committed to Cal, went 30-1 with a 0.41 ERA and struck out 326 batters. She also batted for a .400 average and had five homers with 31 RBI. Pitcher - Brittany O'Donnell (Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, N.J.) Jr. O'Donnell dominated the circle this year finishing 25-2 with a 0.11 ERA, not to mention 353 strikeouts in 179 innings. She completed her junior season having thrown 11 no-hitters and two perfect games. The last game she threw was a tight one in the state championship against Immaculate Heart, which she won 1-0. She also provided quite a bit of offense for Red Bank, hitting .469 on the season with 17 RBI. The New Jersey player of the year already has committed to Notre Dame. Pitcher - Sam Skillingstad (Shadle Park, Spokane, Wash.) Sr. Despite ending her prep career with her only loss of the season in the state championship, Skillingstad still was named Seattle Times Class 4A Player of the Year and Gatorade State Player of the Year. On the year, she went 28-1 with a 0.39 ERA while pitching every game for the Highlanders, who finished 28-1. Skillingstad also hit .417 with 37 RBI and was a three-time all-state selection. She finished her high school career 97-7 and will now head to the University of Oregon. Pitcher - Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) Soph. Traina was an express line to victory for Naples this season, especially in the Class 4A state final when she led her team past Pembroke Pines Charter and denied Pembroke the mythical national title. Traina, the Gatorade State Player of the Year, led Naples to a 28-3 record. She went 21-3 in the circle with a 0.35 ERA. She also had 253 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings. Infield - Katelyn Boyd (Horizon, Scottsdale, Ariz.) Sr. Boyd's numbers in Arizona were simply off the charts. The scholarship recipient to NCAA champ Arizona State set eight single-season school records. She hit .690 on the year and had an on-base percentage of .780. Boyd also scored 59 runs, walked 37 times and had 61 RBI. Despite walking as much as she did, she still had 58 hits and 12 homers. Infield - Felecia Harris (Kentlake, Kent, Wash.) Sr. Harris could have been named multi-purpose, but fit in best as an infielder where she played earlier in her high school career and where she probably will play in college. She was named to the All-State softball first team after a standout season of hitting, pitching and fielding, and will be headed to the University of Washington next season. Harris, who was her league's MVP in all four years of her Kentlake career, holds school records for home runs, RBI, strikeouts and wins. Infield - Trina Harrison (Oceanside, Calif.) Sr. One of the best pure hitters and power hitters nationally, Harrison was pitched around frequently this season but still tied the CIF San Diego Section record for home runs with 17 and had a .639 average with 40 RBI. She also pushed her career home run total to 41, which would have been a new state record except that fellow EA SPORTS All-American Perelini Koria finished with an even higher total. She didn't go more than two straight games without homering all season long. Infield - Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield Central, Plainfield, Ill.) Sr. Although Plainfield fell to Naperville Central in the finals, Kirkpatrick led her team all the way to the title game with her offense this season. She rewrote the record books her four years at Plainfield Central and graduated as the career leader in hits and runs scored. She batted .513 on the season with a .631 on-base percentage and a 1.094 slugging percentage. On top of that she drove in 23 runs and scored 44 for the Wildcats. Kirkpatrick will play next at the University of Michigan. Infield - Kelly Saco (Palmetto, Miami, Fla.) Sr. While Jackie Traina of Naples was the top honoree in the Gatorade State Player of the Year selections, Saco won the vote among the state's media to be called this year's Miss Softball. Saco was a part-time pitcher and part-time first baseman for Palmetto, but was a full-time standout. She pitched in the team's biggest games, leading it to the Class 6A state title with a 16-2 record, 168 strikeouts and a 0.40 ERA. Saco also was dangerous with the bat as she ended with a .338 average with seven homers and 30 RBI. Infield - Jessica Spigner (Valencia, Calif.) Sr. University of Tennessee-bound player is the 2008 EA SPORTS National Player of the Year. She didn't play in the infield this year as a pitcher-hitter, but she did for three years previously and will be a third baseman for the Volunteers. Listing her as an infielder was simply a way we could get more top pitchers or top pitcher-hitters the national recognition they deserved. Outfield - Caitlin Bayley (Xavier Prep, Phoenix, Ariz.) Sr. Legging out 14 triples in a single season is among several impressive feats that Bayley turned in this spring. The all-state pick by the Arizona Republic also had a .561 batting average and piled up 69 total hits. Bayley, who has signed with the University of Arizona, also led Xavier to the Class 5A Division I state semifinals. Outfield - Andrea Harrison (Pacifica, Garden Grove, Calif.) Sr. Following in the footsteps of older sister Monica to UCLA, Andrea enjoyed a banner season and was named the Orange County Register player of the year. The first-team all-state pick had a .397 batting average with 13 homers and 44 RBI. She also scored 34 times and had 21 extra-base hits. Outfield - Jamia Reid (Kennedy, La Palma, Calif.) Sr. One of the best leadoff hitting prospects ever from Orange County (which is the home of the No. 1 and No. 2 batters for the current U.S. National Team), Reid had a .532 batting average for the season and led Kennedy to a 29-4 record. She had 50 hits, 28 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. Reid also went 18-for-24 over her last six games. She'll now head with twin sister Elia to the University of California. Outfield - Kelli Wheeler (Lassiter, Marrieta, Ga.) Sr. With a .585 batting average, .664 on-base percentage, 50 runs scored and 40 RBI, Wheeler led the Trojans to the Class 5A state championship this season. The centerfielder ended her high school career as the Class 5A state player of the year and was the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Wheeler, who also carried a 4.32 GPA, is playing next at the University of North Carolina. Multi-Purpose - Lisa Akamine (Escondido, Calif.) Sr. The CIF San Diego Section player of the year had a 0.20 ERA in the circle and dropped just one decision, although that one was in the playoffs and denied Escondido its chance of perhaps finishing No. 1 in the state. She also averaged two strikeouts per inning and with the bat hit for a .420 average with 26 RBI. Akamine is headed in the fall to Penn State. Multi-Purpose - Audrey Broyles (Pembroke Pines Charter, Pembroke, Fla.) Sr. Broyles started strong this year, helping her team to the NIKE Faster to First tournament championship, and she continued to carry her team for 30 straight games. The lone loss was to Naples in the Class 4A state final, but that doesn't take away from the year that Broyles had on the mound and offensively. She finished with a 0.39 ERA and 156 strikeouts. At the plate she hit .449 with 25 RBI. Her pitching and hitting efforts together earned her the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Class 6A-5A-4A Player of the Year honor. Mulit-Purpose - Caitlyn Delahaba (Broad Run, Ashburn, Va.) Sr. You could have asked for a lot from Delahaba before the season started but it would've been crazy to ask her to put up the numbers she did. The Broad Run standout went 27-0 in the circle and didn't allow an earned run. Delahaba threw 10 no-hitters and in 181 innings she struck out 421. She also finished the season with 23 straight shutouts and 160 consecutive scoreless innings to set a state record. At the plate, Delahaba, who is headed to Villanova this fall, hit .361 with 19 RBI. Multi-Purpose - Tomi Garrison (Garland, Texas) Sr. The Sam Houston State signee was named District 10-5A MVP and Player of the Year in the Dallas area after going 25-4-2 with a 0.72 ERA while striking out 243. Garrison also led Garland to another appearance in the Class 5A final four after the Owls took home state titles in her sophomore and junior seasons. Without their top three hitters from last year, Garrison was relied on even more on offense and responded by hitting .456 with 16 doubles and 46 RBI. She finished her high school career at 97-12-4. Multi-Purpose - Kamerin May (Santiago, Corona) Jr. The Riverside County player of the year and first team all-state pick was tough as nails in every game. As a pitcher, May went 26-4 with a 0.73 ERA and had 17 shutouts. May, who also struck out 311 batters, batted .400 and had six homers with 30 RBI. She won three head-to-head matchups vs. Norco and best friend Teagan Gerhart. If Gerhart and Norco had won at least one of those games, she would have been on the first team as well. It's just about a lock that both will be All-Americans plus national and state player of the year candidates next year. Multi-Purpose - Constance Orr (Butler, Matthews, N.C.) Sr. After losing All-American pitcher Ashton Ward to the University of Tennessee, many thought this would be a down year for Butler. Those thoughts were put to rest as Orr stepped up and led the team to its third state championship in a row. She was a force to be reckoned with in the circle, never losing a game the whole year. Her ERA was a staggering 0.02. It stood at 0.00 until the playoffs. Orr also was among the unbeaten team's leaders in just about all offensive categories. She will play next at the University of North Carolina. EA SPORTS SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICANS 2ND TEAM
July 16, 2008 2:37 PM
Posted by Deputy Editor Mark Tennis C -- Olivia Gibson (Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa, Ala.) Sr. C -- Kelsea Orsak (Pearland, Texas) Sr. C -- Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Sheldon, Sacramento, Calif.) Sr. P -- Erin Arevalo (East Union, Manteca, Calif) Sr. P -- Blaire Luna (Bowie, Arlington, Texas) Sr. P -- Meaghan Patterson (Mt. Carmel, New Orleans, La.) Soph. P -- Samantha Rich (Wewahitchka, Fla.) Jr. P -- Jessica Simpson (North Hoover, Canton, Ohio) Sr. P -- Stephanie Sullivan (Venice, Fla.) Sr. P -- Holly Thomas (Ooltewah, Chattanooga, Tenn.) Sr. P -- Shelby Wise (Nettleton, Jonesboro, Ark.) Jr. INF -- Ashley Andrews (Tumwater, Wash.) Sr. INF -- Brigette DelPonte (Sunrise Mountain, Peoria, Ariz.) Jr. INF -- Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) Sr. INF -- Annie Lockwood (Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Ariz.) Sr. INF -- Alli May (East Fairmont, Fairmont, W. Va.) Sr. INF -- Hallie Minch (Garden City, Mich.) Sr. INF -- Karla Powell (Broad Run, Ashburn, Va.) Sr. INF -- Julianne Santos (Orestimba, Newman, Calif.) Sr. OF -- Taylor Dugas (Teurlings Catholic, Lafayette, La.) Sr. OF -- Shayla Jackson (Pembroke Pines Charter, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) OF -- Alicia Sisco (Pembroke Pines Charter, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) MP -- Amber Anderson (Alvin, Texas) Sr. MP -- Mallory Darby (Spanish Springs, Sparks, Nev.) Sr. MP -- Chelsea Leonard (Central Davidson, Lexington, N.C.) Jr. MP -- Teagan Gerhart (Norco, Calif.) Jr. MP -- Sam Parlich (Basha, Chandler, Ariz.) Jr. MP -- Keilani Ricketts (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif.) Jr. MP -- Amanda Sadowl (Hatboro-Horsham, Horsham, Pa.) Sr. MP -- Hannah Williams (Freedom, Oakley, Calif.) Jr.