LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) softball student-athletes were named to the All-New England Region Teams by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) when the teams were announced earlier this month.
Eastern Nazarene pitcher Elisabeth Schaffer (Benton, Pa.) and third baseman Lauren Weidler (Lansdale, Pa.) were both named to the All-Region Second Team along with Salve Regina shortstop Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.). Western New England’s Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) earned an at-large selection to the All-Region Third Team.
All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions.
ELISABETH SCHAFFER, EASTERN NAZARENE – ALL-NEW ENGLAND REGION SECOND TEAM
Schaffer was named the CCC Pitcher of the Year and was selected to the All-CCC First Team this spring.
She pitched 155 innings and tossed 19 complete games this season. Schaffer compiled a 17-6 record and racked up 232 strikeouts to go with a 0.95 earned-run average.
LAUREN WEIDLER, EASTERN NAZARENE – ALL-NEW ENGLAND REGION SECOND TEAM
Weidler earned All-CCC Second Team honors for the second year in a row this spring. She ranked second on the team with 36 RBIs and six home runs. Weidler saw action in all 40 games and collected 43 hits while scoring 27 runs.
Weidler finished the season with a .371 batting average, .471 on-base percentage, and .621 slugging percentage.
AMANDA RILEY, SALVE REGINA – ALL-NEW ENGLAND REGION SECOND TEAM
Riley earned her second straight All-CCC First Team selection this year after leading the conference in hits (54), RBI (43), and stolen bases (12), while playing in all 38 games for the Seahawks.
She batted .432 on the year to lead the team and also posted a .467 on-base percentage and a .624 slugging percentage. She also led the team in doubles with 17 and scored 23 runs on the year.
AIMEE KISTNER, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND – ALL-NEW ENGLAND REGION THIRD TEAM
Kistner was again a top performer for the Golden Bears both at the plate and in the circle on her way to All-CCC First (designated player) and Second (pitcher) Team accolades.
In 40 games this season, she hit .308 with 11 doubles, five home runs, 26 RBI, 19 walks and 21 runs.
The Taunton, Mass. native also made 22 pitching appearances (15 starts) and went 11-7 with a 2.46 earned run average and 119 strikeouts in 113.2 innings of work. Kistner, who went the distance in eight of her 15 starts, also picked up a pair of saves.
Major portions of this release are courtesy of the Eastern Nazarene and Western New England Sports Information Departments.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.