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NFCA DIVISION III ALL-REGION TEAMS

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) softball players representing four conference members earned spots on the 2016 All-New England Teams which were awarded by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Western New England’s Gabby Lavinio (Dalton, Mass.) was the conference’s lone First Team selection. Her teammate Heidi Grieger (Hyde Park, N.Y.) earned a Second Team nod. Endicott also had two representatives on the All-Region teams with Chrissy Gikas (Danvers, Mass.) earning a spot on the Second Team and Emily Hoffman (Malden, Mass.) making the Third Team. Nichols and the University of New England also had Third Team honorees with Kendall Meehan (Danvers, Mass.) representing the Bison and Amanda Vallante (Dracut, Mass.) representing the Nor’easters.

Lavinio enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2016, batting .448 (4th in CCC) with 13 doubles (T-1st), seven home runs (T-2nd), and 30 RBI (3rd) during the regular season on her way to CCC Player of the Year honors. She also ranked second in both on-base percentage (.515) and slugging percentage (.776) while drawing 11 walks and scoring 26 runs. She also hit in 28 of Western New England’s 35 regular season games with 19 multi-hit performances.

Grieger, the CCC Pitcher of the Year, led the conference with 14 wins during the regular season (14-6 record) and ranked fourth with a 1.88 earned run average. She struck out 55 batters in 115.1 innings of work and registered 11 complete games, good for seventh in the CCC. She was even more dominant in conference play, going 9-0 with a 0.81 earned run average against CCC opponents.

Gikas, a two-time All-CCC First Team selection, finished second on her team with 35 hits and 23 runs scored this season. Gikas ended her junior campaign on a nine-game hitting streak and recorded multi-hit games on eight occasions.

Hoffman, a two-time All-CCC First Team selection, led the team in on-base percentage (.505) and runs scored (24), second in batting average (.384) and slugging percentage (.640), and was third in hits (33) and RBIs (23). Hoffman paced the team with 14 extra-base hits (eight doubles, four triples, two home runs) and 20 walks and has situated herself among the ranks of the all-time Endicott greats as her .505 on-base percentage ranks sixth for highest in a single-season, as well as her four triples is tied for third for most in a single season.

Meehan led the conference in home runs (eight), runs (36), and slugging pct. (.780). She finished second in RBI (32) and third in batting average (.449). She hit safely in 31 of the team's 34 games and had 18 multi-hit games. Meehan's eight home runs are a single-season program record while her 53 hits and 32 RBI rank her in Nichols’s top-five in each category.

Vallante batted .454 in 2016 with a team-high 54 hits over 40 games in 2016. She also led the Nor'easters with 27 runs batted in and seven doubles, and was second on the squad in average, runs scored (23), and on-base percentage (.489). During the season, Vallante posted a 12-game hitting streak and hit safely in 35 games while recording 12 multi-hit outings, including a 4-for-4 effort at Southern Maine. In the field, she was perfect in 55 chances for outs, without committing an error.

Portions of this release are courtesy of the Endicott, Nichols, University of New England, and Western New England Sports Information Departments.

 

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