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Kierston Garner earns NFCA All-Region First Team Softball Honors

Kierston Garner earns NFCA All-Region First Team Softball Honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is proud to announce the 364 players chosen for the 2016 NFCA Division III All-Region softball teams. Kierston Garner becomes the first Salem softball player to earn NFCS All-Region honors as she was selected to the first team as a third baseman. Garner led the Spirits to their first Great South Regular Season title during the 2016 season.

Garner racked up awards all season long as she was the GSAC Player of the Year, GSAC All-Conference (all four years), and GSAC Player of the Week four times. Garner finished off an outstanding career at Salem leading the conference in batting average (.500), RBI (45) and homeruns (10) during regular season play. Additionally, she led the conference in hits (57) and total bases (94) to cement her status as the top player in the GSAC.

As in the past, the squad is comprised of three teams in each of the country's eight NCAA regions. All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. 




Pitcher                                  Kandis Kresinske                                       Virginia Wesleyan College

Pitcher                                  Brittany File                                                Emory University

Catcher                                 Madison Gilman                                       Randolph-Macon College

First Base                             Cassetty Howerin                                      Virginia Wesleyan College

Second Base                       Molly Simpson                                            Salisbury University

Third Base                           Kierston Garner                                          Salem College

Shortstop                             Kim Dorsey                                                  Salisbury University

Outfield                                Scoop Simon                                               Christopher Newport University

Outfield                                Courtney Bogan                                         Virginia Wesleyan College

Outfield                                Kimberly Brady                                           Shenandoah University

Designated Player            Haley Crumpton                                           Birmingham-Southern College

Utility                                    Paige Knussman                                         Salisbury University

At-Large                               Kassie Howard                                             Berry College

At-Large                               Hannah Tavik                                               Frostburg State University

At-Large                               Jessica Long                                                  Averett University


Pitcher                                  Mary Shipp                                                 Virginia Wesleyan College

Pitcher                                  Annah Jo Brittingham                               Salisbury University

Catcher                                 Carli Hill                                                      Eastern Mennonite University

First Base                             Ashley Powers                                            Emory University

Second Base                       Janelle Turnquest                                       Emory University

Third Base                           Christine Hume                                          Rhodes College

Shortstop                             Kiersten Richardson                                  Virginia Wesleyan College

Outfield                                Jessica McMahan                                      Maryville College

Outfield                                Brittany Ferrell                                           Berry College

Outfield                                Alyssa Pollard                                             Emory University

Designated Player            Makayla Carver                                            Guilford College

Utility                                    Mackenzie Chitwood                                Lynchburg College

At-Large                               Taylor Harkins                                             Birmingham-Southern College

At-Large                               Lindsey Wiggins                                         William Peace College

At-Large                               Melody Carter                                            Emory University


At-Large                               Hannah Hoban                                           Piedmont College

At-Large                               Josie Novak                                                 Moravian College

At-Large                               Mary Beth Smith                                        Averett University

At-Large                               Brooke Mizelle                                            Salisbury University

At-Large                               Cassie Baca                                                  Emory University

At-Large                               Amanda Carisone                                      Moravian College

At-Large                               Emma Varrato                                            Elizabethtown College

At-Large                               Caroline Womble                                       William Peace College

At-Large                               Amanda Neveroski                                    Susquehanna University

At-Large                               Caitlin Lake                                                 Salisbury University

At-Large                               Marie Collop                                              Berry College

At-Large                               Brittany Tuttle                                            Berry College

At-Large                               Julie Siragusa                                             Moravian College

At-Large                               Taylor Blevins                                             Frostburg State University

At-Large                               Savannah Lee                                             Birmingham-Southern College