All-CCAA softball team named

The Humboldt State softball team was rewarded for
capturing the regular-season title by placing a conference-high five players on the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) first team, including the league’s Most Valuable Player and Coach of  the Year.

Humboldt State senior first baseman Natalie Galletly was named the CCAA’s Most Valuable Player while Frank Cheek was chosen Coach of the Year. Sonoma State senior Lindsay Emmel was named Pitcher of the Year, Emiley McEwen of Cal State Dominguez Hills was tabbed Freshman of the Year and UC San Diego sophomore Kristyn Lesovsky was voted
Newcomer of the Year.

Galletly topped the CCAA in batting (.471), hits (48) and on-base percentage (.557), and was third in the conference in runs scored (25) and fourth in RBI (25), while leading the Lumberjacks to the top seed in this week’s conference tournament. For the season, the Lumberjacks’ senior is batting a team-best .420 with nine home runs and 43 RBI.

Emmel has enjoyed a solid season in the circle for Sonoma State, posting a 16-9 record, 1.70 ERA and 15 complete games, including an 8-6 mark and 2.16 ERA in CCAA play. While helping the Seawolves to their first-ever CCAA Tournament appearance, Emmel has logged 156 2/3
innings, struck out 165, walked just 51 and limited opposing batters to a .176 average. Her 88 strikeouts and .173 opponents’ batting average in CCAA play topped the conference.

McEwen enjoyed a solid rookie season, posting a team-best .381 overall average with seven home runs and 35 RBI. She recorded a .337 average with three home runs and 19 RBI in 32 conference games. Lesovsky, a transfer from Florida Tech, made an impressive first impression in 2009, batting .384 with 11 doubles, six home runs and a .677 slugging percentage in CCAA play. Her .467 overall average and .568 on-base percentage is tops among all CCAA players, while her .730 slugging percentage ranks second.

In his 21st season, Cheek guided Humboldt State to its third straight CCAA regular-season title after the Lumberjacks posted a 37-16 overall record, including a 23-9 mark in conference play. This season marks the 12th time he has been named conference coach of the year (including Pacific West and Great Northwest Conference). In 2008,  Cheek led Humboldt State to its second national championship.

First Team
Marissa Slattery (HSU, C, Sr., Walnut, Calif.)
Natalie Galletly (HSU, 1B, Sr., San Ramon, Calif.)
Liz Vazquez (CSUDH, 2B, Sr., Carson, Calif.)
Ashlee Trotter (CSUMB, 3B, Sr., Salinas, Calif.)
Meghan Franksen (CSUS, SS, Sr., Ceres, Calif.)
Felicia Viveiros (HSU, DP, Fr., Castro Valley, Calif.)
Debbie Shisler (CSUSB, UT, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.)
Nikki Ketteringham (HSU, OF, So., San Diego, Calif.)
Kristyn Lesovsky (UCSD, OF, So., Simi Valley, Calif.)
Lucia Rodriguez (CSUMB, OF, Jr., Rialto, Calif.)
Lindsay Emmel (SSU, P, Sr., Atascadero, Calif.)
Regina Farfan (CSUDH, P, Sr., Chino, Calif.)
Caitlin Klug (HSU, AL, Sr., Livermore, Calif.)
Kendra Wood (SFSU, AL, So., San Jose, Calif.)

Second Team
Shea Olds (CSUMB, C, So., Long Beach, Calif.)
Ashley Collinwood (CSUSB, 1B, Jr., Riverside, Calif.)
Kayla Ledford (SSU, 2B, So. Marysville, Calif.)
Erica McIntyre (CSUS, 3B, Jr., Fairfield, Calif.)
Emiley McEwen (CSUDH, SS, Fr., Anaheim, Calif.)
Nicole Cordova (SSU, DP, Sr., El Cerrito, Calif.)
Jennifer Arnold (CSUS, UT, Jr., Ceres, Calif.)
Gwen Cox (CSUC, OF, Sr., Loomis, Calif.)
Katie Garcia (CSUDH, OF, Jr., Riverside, Calif.)
Katie Jordan (CSUDH, OF, Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Jessica Gaumnitz (CSUS, P, Sr., Chowchilla, Calif.)
Ashley Jackson (SFSU, P, So., Vallejo, Calif.)
Jessica Boyle (CSUMB, AL, Sr., Salinas, Calif.)
Nichole Parada (HSU, AL, Fr., South Pasadena, Calif.)
Nicole Saari (UCSD, AL, Jr., Roseville, Calif.)

Most Valuable Player
Natalie Galletly, HSU

Pitcher of the Year
Lindsay Emmel, SSU

Freshman of the Year
Emiley McEwen, CSUDH

Newcomer of the Year
Kristyn Lesovsky, UCSD

Coach of the Year
Frank Cheek, HSU