Linfield Wildcats
May 03, 2012
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Complete NWC All-Star Team

Linfield was rewarded handsomely for its stellar 2012 season that saw the Wildcats roll to a 38-5 record and capture the program’s ninth consecutive Northwest Conference championship.

Coach Jackson Vaughan’s club slotted seven players on the all-NWC first team, including Player of the Year Staci Doucette.

For Doucette, it was her third Player of the Year honor, matching previous citations from the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Doucette led the eight-team conference in home runs (17), RBI (59), total bases (117), batting average (.500), on-base percentage (.618) and slugging percentage (1.009).

Defensively, the three-time All-American was charged with just one error in 243 opportunities, posting a .996 fielding percentage.

Doucette, a first baseman, was among three Wildcats appointed as first team all-stars in the infield. Third baseman Karleigh Prestianni received her third all-NWC honor while second baseman Ashley Garcia earned first team honors during her first season as a starter.

Prestianni hit .432 to rank third in the NWC and was second in total hits (57) behind Doucette. She added eight home runs and 40 RBI, striking out just eight times in 149 plate appearances.

Garcia enjoyed an outstanding season, batting .365 with eight home runs and 31 RBI to rank fourth and eighth in the NWC, respectively.

Linfield also claimed two of four first-team outfield positions. Jaydee Baxter earned her fourth straight all-conference recognition after hitting .379 with 11 stolen bases and four home runs. A dynamic outfielder unafraid of making spectacular catches, Baxter posted a spotless 1.000 fielding percentage in 57 chances.

Jordan Mixsell also earned first-team all-NWC recognition after starting all 43 games in right field. One of five seniors on the team, Mixsell hit .274 with four doubles, five home runs and three stolen bases.

Behind the plate, catcher Emilee Lepp recorded another standout season. Lepp, a four-time first team NWC honoree, hit .393 while starting all 43 games. She swatted 11 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs while contributing 53 RBI, second only to Doucette on the Wildcats’ roster.

Pitcher Karina Paavola, who led the conference in strikeouts (140) while posting the NWC’s second-lowest opponent batting average (.210) and earned run average (1.30), was the seventh Wildcat to be anointed to the first team.

Receiving second team all-NWC honors was utility/designated player Haylie Watson. Batting .302 over 43 games, Watson ranked fourth in the conference in sacrifice hits (5), fifth in walks (20) and 10th in home runs (5).

Garnering honorable mention were pitcher Lauren Harvey and shortstop Katy Brosig. Harvey went 15-2 in the pitching circle, registering a 2.12 ERA with 83 strikeouts. Her six shutouts rank second in the NWC this season. During her first season as a starter, Brosig batted .324 with six home runs, eighth-most in the NWC.

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Staci Doucette
2012 NWC Player of the Year

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