JUNE 30 SPY UPDATE
|NFCA Announces the 2013 High School All-American Teams|
|LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In all 48 players representing 39 different schools from 19 states have been selected to one of three 2013 NFCA High School All-American squads, the Association announced on Friday.Bishop O’Connell High School (Virginia), the 2013 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISSA) Division I State Champion and No. 5-ranked team in the final 2013 USA Today/NFCA High School poll with a 30-1 overall record, led all schools with two first-team selections. The Knights joined Benet Academy (Illinois), Gulliver Preparatory School (Florida), Lake City High School (Idaho), Olathe East High School (Kansas), Toms River High School East (New Jersey), North Davidson Senior High School (North Carolina), Basha High School (Arizona) and Deer Park High School (Texas) in rounding out a list of nine total programs that boasted two overall All-American selections.Leading off the pitcher selections on this year’s first team was Jessica Cummings of No. 1 Northern High School (Maryland). The junior Penn State commitment recorded a perfect 22-0 record for the unbeaten Patriots during their run to a sixth-straight Maryland Class 3A state title in addition to a 0.00 ERA, a .041 opponent batting average and 298 strikeouts over 135 innings of work.
Good Hope High School’s (Alabama) Cara Goodwin (a repeat All-American choice), Bishop O’Connell’s Tori Finucane and Pearland’s Samantha Show (a repeat All-American choice) rounded out this year’s four first-team All-American pitching selections. UAB commitment Goodwin was a remarkable 41-8 from the circle with a 0.54 ERA and 514 strikeouts over 297.2 frames. Finucane, another repeat NFCA High School All-American who has committed to play softball at Missouri, posted a 26-1 mark with a miniscule 0.21 ERA and 341 K’s in 164 frames. The Gatorade Softball Player of the Year from Texas and a Texas A&M commitment, Show registered a 30-3 overall record during her sophomore campaign with a 0.65 ERA and 357 strikeouts over 183 innings of effort.
Stephanie Abello of Benet Academy and Reagan Boenker of Bryan High School (Texas) represented the catcher position on this year’s first team. An Illinois commit, Abello helped power her squad to a third place state finish in Class 4A during 2013 with a .550 batting average, 12 HR’s and 51 RBIs, while senior Texas A&M commitment Boenker recently picked up her second consecutive Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State selection.
This year’s first team infield consisted of Gulliver Prep’s Stephanie Texeira (1B), Lake City’s Vanessa Shippy (2B), Barrington High School’s (Illinois) Loren Krzysko (3B) and Bridgewater-Raynham High School’s (Massachusetts) Madison Shaw (SS). Texeira, a Florida International signee, helped lead Gulliver Prep to its fourth consecutive FHSAA 4A state title by hitting .588 with 17 HR’s and 54 RBIs. Oklahoma State commit Shippy batted .737 overall for the IHSAA Class 5A state champs from Lake City with 69 runs scored, 21 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs. Krzysko, an Arkansas signee, helped the Fillies from Barrington to a third-place finish in the IHSA state tournament by posting a .504 mark with 20 doubles, 18 HR’s and 59 RBIs. A commitment to Fordham, Shaw guided her Bridgewater-Raynham squad to the Massachusetts Division I South Sectional Final before falling to defending state champ Milford.
Chelsea Herndon of Hebron High School (Texas) was tabbed as the 2013 first team All-American in the designated player/utility slot. The Florida signee posted a .530 batting average with 10 doubles, seven triples, 10 HR’s and 44 RBIs for the Hawks, while posting a 13-6 pitching record with 94 strikeouts over 128.1 frames.
Bailey Landry of East Ascension High School (Louisiana), Alyssa Carney of Washburn Rural High School (Kansas) and Kelly Christner of Andrew High School (Illinois) made up this year’s first team outfield. An LSU signee, Landry was batting .537 with eight HR’s and 28 RBIs going into the LHSAA State Playoffs. Carney hit .554 with 46 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine HR’s and 32 RBIs while helping the Blues to the KSHSAA 6A Championship Game, while Christner, a Michigan signee, batted .625 with six HR’s and 31 RBIs.
Last but not least on this year’s first team were a pair of at-large choices: Bishop O’Connell’s Jillian Ferraro and Masuk High School’s (Connecticut) Tatum Buckley. A repeat NFCA All-American and a North Carolina recruit, Ferraro posted a .464 mark with 22 tallies, eight two-baggers, five triples, eight HR’s and a team-leading 55 RBIs. Buckley, the 2013 Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for Connecticut, guided her Masuk squad to the 2013 Class L state championship. She entered the title tilt boasting a 0.31 ERA and 271 K’s in 157 innings, while batting .546 with 19 doubles, six HR’s and 27 RBIs.
2013 NFCA High School All-American Teams
|Pitcher||Jessica Cummings||Northern High School (MD)|
|Pitcher||Tori Finucane||Bishop O’Connell High School (VA)|
|Pitcher||Cara Goodwin||Good Hope High School (AL)|
|Pitcher||Samantha Show||Pearland High School (TX)|
|Catcher||Stephanie Abello||Benet Academy (IL)|
|Catcher||Reagan Boenker||Bryan High School (TX)|
|First Base||Stephanie Texeira||Gulliver Prep. School (FL)|
|Second Base||Vanessa Shippy||Lake City High School (ID)|
|Third Base||Loren Krzysko||Barrington High School (IL)|
|Shortstop||Madison Shaw||Bridgewater-Raynham High School (MA)|
|Outfielder||Bailey Landry||East Ascension High School (LA)|
|Outfielder||Alyssa Carney||Washburn Rural High School (KS)|
|Outfielder||Kelly Christner||Andrew High School (IL)|
|Utility||Chelsea Herndon||Hebron High School (TX)|
|At-Large (C)||Jillian Ferraro||Bishop O’Connell High School (VA)|
|At-Large (P)||Tatum Buckley||Masuk High School (CT)|
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