OIT’s Schmidt NAIA Softball All-American

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following a season in which she set the single season record for wins by a pitcher, Oregon Tech junior Taylor Schmidt earned NAIA Softball All-American Second Team honors on Thursday.

Schmidt was one of three Cascade Collegiate Conference selections named All-Americans. Corban’s Stephanie Nippert was selected to the first team and her teammate Rachel Conard made the second team. Corban did not make the NAIA Softball National Championships field despite being ranked in the top ten nationally.

Newly-crowned national champion Shorter University (Ga.) had two players earn spots with Jackie Castaneda and Charlsie Broome making the teams. Shorter eliminated Oregon Tech on the final day of pool play last Saturday before claiming the national title on Wednesday, not losing a game in the tournament.

Oklahoma City’s Lily LaVelle was selected NAIA Pitcher of the Year, with her team finishing national runner-up. Kim Frazier of Lubbock Christian (Texas) was selected Player of the Year.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Caleb