GREENVILLE — A pair of Greenville softball players earned all-region honors for the 2014 season from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Lady Wave junior Ally Russell was named first team all-North Region while sophomore Allison Minnich was named to the region’s second team.
It’s the eighth consecutive season that Greenville has had at least one player earn all-region honors from the NFCA, which is a great honor for the players and the program, coach Jerrod Newland said.
For Russell, it’s the second consecutive season that she garnered first team all-region accolades, having been first team all-region and third-team all-America last year. She’s one of 16 players from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania recognized for the North Region honors.
Russell was one of three pitchers from the North Region to earn first team honors, joining a pair of Illinois pitchers on the list.
This past season the Lady Wave pitcher had a 21-4 record with one save, four shutouts and a 1.09 ERA. In 154 innings on the mound, she struck out 197 batters.
She also led the team in hitting with a .432 batting average and 26 RBI in 28 games. In her 95 at-bats, she had 41 hits, 10 doubles and two home runs.
As one of 80 players across the nation to earn first team all-region recognition, Russell is eligible for all-American honors from the NFCA. The organization will choose 48 players — 16 each on the first, second and third teams — for all-American recognition.
Russell is one of two Greenville softball players, along with Jordyn Fisherback in 2009 and 2010, to have earned all-American honors.
“”Hopefully she’ll get that shot to be an all-American again,” Newland said. “I feel she’ll be in the mix and well deserving if she gets it.”
Minnich earned all-region honors for the first time in her career. The Lady Wave sophomore was one of 16 players named second team all-North Region this year.
“I think it’s great,” Newland said. “She had a great year at first base.”
Minnich was second only to Russell among Lady Wave hitters this past season with a .410 batting average in 29 games. In 100 at-bats she had 41 hits, 10 doubles, 29 RBI and scored 12 runs.
The Greenville sophomore also served as the Lady Wave’s second pitcher, recording a 4-0 record, three shutouts and a 1.67 ERA in 12 games. In 46 innings on the mound, she struck out 42 batters.
For more information on the NFCA including the complete all-region teams, visit its website at https://nfca.org/.