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08.20.11 - NFCA ANNOUNCES 2011 DIAMOND CATCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENTS

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Diamond Sports announced on Friday the 10 student-athletes that have earned the honor of being named as a 2011 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year.

The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.

A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective award. The winners of the 2011 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award are as follows:
       
NCAA Division I
Kaylyn Castillo, Arizona State University Kaylyn Castillo, Arizona State University
Castillo bookended her career with the Sun Devils with a by helping lead them to a second national championship in 2011. The Norco, Calif., native played a major role in the Sun Devils title run by batting .353 with 42 RBIs, 39 runs and 35 walks. Defensively, Castillo was equally as impressive, as she did not commit a single error behind the plate in nearly 400 chances. She also threw out 9 of 16 base stealers and allowed just two passed balls.
       
NCAA Division II
Christine Roser, Rollins College Christine Roser, Rollins College
Roser helped the Tars to a third-consecutive Sunshine State Conference crown this season and a NCAA Regional appearance. The senior led her team with a .415 batting average, while driving in 48 runs and scoring 56 herself. She finished the year ranked sixth in the nation in walks per game with 0.86, eighth in on-base percentage at .560 and 15th in runs per game with 1.14. Behind the plate, the Winter Springs, Fla., native gave up just four errors in 405 chances and threw out eight of 18 base stealers.
       
NCAA Division III
Emilee Lepp, Linfield College Emilee Lepp, Linfield College
Lepp helped guide the Wildcats to a National Championship for the first-time since 2007 this past season, thanks in large part to stellar performances on both sides of the dish. The junior from Colville, Wash., turned in the 11th highest batting average in the nation at .497, while also leading the nation in both home runs and home runs per game with 29 and .054, respectively. Lepp allowed just one error in 303 chances on the other side of the plate this season, while only allowing four passed balls.
       
NAIA
Amy Madden, Southern Nazarene University Amy Madden, Southern Nazarene University
Amy Madden, Southern Nazarene University
Madden played a key role in the Crimson Storm’s breakout 44-16 season by batting .413 with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs, the 18th highest total in the NAIA. The sophomore from Bethany, Okla., gave up just three errors on 149 chances as the catcher for Southern Nazarene this season. Madden also threw out two base stealers and allowed only three passed balls over 60 games.
       
NJCAA Division I
Veronika Fukunishi, Miami Dade College Veronika Fukunishi, Miami Dade College
Fukunishi helped lead the Sharks to a state championship this season by batting .374 with 43 RBIs and a team-high seven home runs. A two-time Louisville Slugger/NFC All-American, Fukunishi ended her final season at Miami Dade with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil will continue her softball career next season at Martin Methodist.
       
NJCAA Division II
Jena Malmen, Kirkwood Community College Jena Malmen, Kirkwood Community College
Malmen had a stand-out freshman campaign with Kirkwood in 2011 and helped lead them to a seventh place finish at this year’s national tournament. The Orion, Ill., native hit .398 for the Eagles this season while driving in the nation’s fifth highest total of runs at 74 and leading the nation in home runs with 28. The Indiana signee also turned in a .994 fielding percentage after committing just three errors in 533 chances behind the plate.
       
NJCAA Division III
Andrea Schoephoerster, Anoka Ramsey Community College Andrea Schoephoerster, Anoka Ramsey Community College
Schoephoerster batted an even .500 in a season where the Golden Rams finished as runners-up in both the state and in Region 13A. The Champlin, Minn., native played a key role in her team's 24-win turnaround in 2011 by finishing fourth in the nation with nine home runs and second in RBIs with 75. Behind the dish, Schoephoerster allowed just seven errors in 219 chances for a fielding percentage of .968.
       
Cal JC
Adriana Perez Adriana Perez, Antelope Valley College
Perez was the top hitter in Cal JC this season with a batting average of .575 to go along with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs. As catcher, Perez helped lead the Marauders to the state tournament and a sixth-straight Foothills Conference crown by committing just three errors in 209 chances and throwing out 16 of 29 base runners from behind the dish.
       
NWAACC
Cassi Ellis, Wenatchee Valley College Cassi Ellis, Wenatchee Valley College
Ellis helped the Knights finish third at this year’s NWWAAC tournament by batting .410 with 37 RBIs this season. The East Wenatchee, Wash., native also tallied 32 runs, 48 hits and 11 doubles on the season. Ellis will continue her playing career next season at Central Washington.
       
High School
Sarah Mooney Sarah Mooney, North Mecklenburg High School (N.C.)
Mooney was an integral component of the Viking’s state tournament run this year, hitting an astounding .605 for the season while driving in 40 runs and scoring 42 of her own. The James Madison commitment also showed power from the plate in 2010 by hitting 27 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs, for a slugging percentage of 1.222. From behind the plate, Mooney was nearly flawless, throwing out 15 of 30 base runners and ending the year with no errors in 209 chances.



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