Five Sailfish Softball Players Earn NCCAA All-Region Recognition
May 5, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
GREENVILLE, S.C.- After earning the 2010 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Region softball championship, five Sailfish players were recognized as members of the NCCAA All-Region team. Senior Ashley Jones and junior Caitlin Bouschet highlighted the five honorees by taking home Pitcher and Player of the Year respectively while Mari Stokes and Natalia Ojeda both joined them on the 1st-Team. Senior Heather Laird was a 2nd-Team All-Region selection.
For the second straight year, Jones has been honored as the NCCAA South Region Pitcher of the Year after finishing the regular season at 22-7 with a 1.00 earned-run average. The Jensen Beach High School product struck out 276 batters on the season in just over 203 innings pitched. This was the fourth All-Region selection for Jones.
Bouschet once again proved her worth to the Sailfish softball team at the plate and in the field as she led the team in most offensive statistics while proving steady and sometimes spectacular at shortstop. A local product from Palm Beach Central High School, Bouschet started 41 games at shortstop and made only seven errors while leading the team with a .360 batting average, 33 runs scored, 29 runs driven in, and five homeruns. Bouschet has been named All-Region each of her three seasons.
Stokes also joins the All-Region listing for the second time in her two seasons as she made the successful transition from second-base as a freshman last year to a gifted center-fielder in 2010. Stokes also has provided a solid bat in the middle of the lineup all season as she finished with a .317 batting average while starting all of the team’s 45 games. Stokes did not make an error as an outfielder this season while leading the squad with 13 doubles and finishing second with 28 RBI’s.
A local player from W.T. Dwyer High School, Ojeda produced a solid all-around season at the top of the Fish lineup by hitting .351 and starting all 45 games at second-base. Ojeda managed a team-high 47 hits while scoring 25 runs and registering a team-high .460 on-base-percentage.
Laird put together solid numbers for the third straight year for PBA as she rounds out her Sailfish pitching career with a solid 11-2 mark in the circle. A Venice, Florida native, Laird tossed 83 innings with five complete games while registering 65 strikeouts.
Now 34-11 on the season, the Sailfish await word from the NCAA on the possibility of being named a participant at the South Regional Tournament on May 14-16.