NIACC lands 4 players on all-region first-team

NIACC's Kristen Peka delivers a pitch in game at DMACC earlier this season.
NIACC's Kristen Peka delivers a pitch in game at DMACC earlier this season.

MASON CITY - The NIACC softball team placed four players on the all-NJCAA Region XI first-team.

Earning first-team all-region honors were freshman catcher Hannah Faktor, freshman pitcher Kristen Peka, sophomore infielders Alyssa Laxson and Kaci Sherwood.

Faktor hit .416 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBIs. Peka was 19-10 with a 2.14 earned run average with 187 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings pitched.

Laxson hit .342 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. Sherwood hit .453 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs.

Earning second-team all-region honors for the Lady Trojans were freshman pitcher Kylie Sherwood, freshman infielder Marissa Norby and sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Carlson.

Kylie Sherwood was 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 86 innings pitched. Norby hit .284 with four home runs and 18 RBIs and Carlson hit .360 with six doubles and 27 stolen bases.

NIACC's Ciana Sonberg (catcher), Tayler Schmidt (infielder) and Morgan Kelley (utility) were honorable mention selections.

Sonberg hit .240 with three doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs. Schmidt hit .276 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs and Kelley hit .240 with five doubles, seven home runs and 19 RBIs.

 

First-Team All-Region

Year

#

School

Name

Pos.

Fr.

3

NIACC

Hannah Faktor

C

Fr.

8

Southwestern

Kaitlyn Schad

C

Fr.

10

DMACC

Josie Swafford

P

Fr.

16

Kirkwood

Erin Hocker

P

Fr.

12

NIACC

Kristen Peka

P

So. 

12

DMACC

Mia Ruther

INF

So. 

3

DMACC

Avery Guy

INF

Fr.

16

Iowa Central

Sophia Cave

INF

So.

12

Kirkwood

Rachel Stewart

INF

Fr.

7

Kirkwood

London Jackson*

INF

So.

22

NIACC

Alyssa Laxson*

INF

So.

21

NIACC

Kaci Sherwood

INF

Fr.

6

DMACC

Morgan Lewis

OF

So.

7

DMACC

Kaisha Wells*

OF

So.

18

Iowa Central

Cheyenne Andersen

OF

So.

7

Iowa Lakes

Taylor Allen

OF

Fr.

4

Kirkwood

Shelby Hulsebus

OF

Fr.

1

DMACC

Ally Pickering

DP 

Fr.

23

Iowa Central

Bre Tjebben

UTL

So.

21

Iowa Lakes

Yasmine Nix

UTL

 *At-Large Selection

Second-Team All-Region

Year

#

School

Name

Pos.

Fr.

15

DMACC

Elly Schuemann

C

So.

3

Iowa Central

Payton Adwell

C

Fr.

24

Northeast

Maggie Berryman

C

Fr.

4

DMACC

Dana Dunbar

P

Fr.

22

Kirkwood

Bradee Bouman

P

Fr.

16

NIACC

Kylie Sherwood

P

Fr.

8

DMACC

Maddie Karr

INF

So.

5

DMACC

Ellie Dixon

INF

Fr.

8

Iowa Central

Parker Matthews

INF

Fr.

1

Kirkwood

Jayme Finn

INF

So.

18

NIACC

Marissa Norby

INF

So.

20

DMACC

Jayci Vos

OF

Fr.

19

Iowa Central

Gabi Bingham

OF

Fr.

15

Kirkwood

Randyn Carter

OF

So.

17

NIACC

Kaitlyn Carlson

OF

So.

8

Kirkwood

Lauren Klaahsen

DP

Fr.

5

Kirkwood

Autum Barthelman

UTL

 

Honorable Mention All-Region

Year

#

School

Name

Pos.

So.

5

DMACC

Katelin Schumacher

C

So.

10

Iowa Lakes

Laurie Custard

C

Fr.

14

NIACC

Ciana Sonberg

C

Fr.

21

DMACC

Ally Anderson

P

Fr.

19

DMACC

Peyton Parker

P

So.

22

Ellsworth

Hannah Hoffman

P

Fr.

34

Iowa Central

Bre Small

P

So.

8

Ellsworth

Lexi Riggall

INF

Fr.

1

NIACC

Tayler Schmidt

INF

Fr.

1

Northeast

Sydney Kelley

INF

So.

5

Northeast

Rosario Garcia

INF

Fr.

23

Southwestern

Ali Enright

INF

Fr.

13

Southwestern

Ella Rutherford

INF

Fr.

7

Ellsworth

Kylie Adden

OF

Fr.

15

Ellsworth

Gwen Hovorka

OF

So.

14

Iowa Lakes

Gabby Heckard

OF

Fr.

5

Iowa Lakes

Madisyn Arechedrra

OF

Fr.

1

Iowa Lakes

Lexus Gorospe

OF

Fr.

20

Northeast

Jacqueline Denning

OF

So.

2

Southwestern

Klarissa McElroy

OF

So.

14

Kirkwood

Lauren Kuch

UTL

Fr.

6

NIACC

Morgan Kelley

UTL

Fr.

9

Northeast

Madison McKewon

UTL

Fr.

3

Ellsworth

Katie Smith

UTL

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Stewart, Kirkwood

Offensive Player of the Year: Mia Ruther, DMACC

Pitcher of the Year: Josie Swafford, DMACC

Coach of the Year:  Bob Ligouri, DMACC

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