Brianna Perez (SR/Madera, Calif.) and Brittany Rayls (JR/Menifee, Calif.) were each recently named to the 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NAIA All-Region First Team. "This is a huge honor for these girls and for our program. We have never had a player named to the first team. This just shows the steps we are taking as a program and where York College Softball is headed," said head coach Roni Miller.
Brianna Perez was named KCAC First Team outfielder. She batted .433 on the season with a slugging percentage of .803. She led the team in every offensive category. She had 68 hits, 22 doubles, 12 home runs and 55 RBI. She led the conference in slugging percentage and doubles. She was second in batting average and total RBI.
Brittany Rayls was KCAC First Team catcher. She finished the season second on the team in batting average and RBI. She was second in runs scored and third in total hits. Defensively she was phenomenal as she only committed five errors in 207 chances. She had a fielding percentage of .976, which was highest of all infielders.
Coach Miller stated "York College Softball is making their name known throughout the Midwest and to be able to nominate players to the NFCA All-Region team was an honor itself. We are very proud of how our season ended and to add these honors on top of it, is just icing on the cake!"
In order to even be nominated for NFCA you must be a first team All-Conference player in your respective conference. Both players are now eligible for selection to the 2016 NFCA NAIA All-American squads. That team will be announced on Thursday, June 2.
To see the full list of honorees click here.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. To learn more about the NFCA click here.
The Panthers ended their season making the conference tournament in their first year in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). It was the first time any current player had made postseason. York made waves in the opening game as they run ruled the number one seed and 25 ranked Friends University 10-1. The Panthers finished the season with a 17-36 record.