Linfield Wildcats
May 01, 2014
Nine is Fine
Complete NWC All-Star Team
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Nine Linfield College softball players have been appointed to the 2014 Northwest Conference all-star team following a vote of the league's eight coaches.
 
In recognition of an outstanding regular season that saw the Wildcats capture the program's 11th straight conference championship and claim the NWC Tournament title, Linfield placed four players on the all-NWC first team.
 
Three Linfield seniors received spots on the first team, headlined by NWC Pitcher of the Year Karina Paavola (Sr., Kelso, Wash.). Joining Paavola are senior infielders Ashley Garcia (Sr., Beaveton, Ore.) and Katy Brosig (Sr., Forest Grove, Ore.) and junior outfielder Grace Middelstadt (Jr., Battle Ground, Wash.).
 
A repeat selection as Pitcher of the Year, Paavola dominated NWC statistics and rewrote portions of the Linfield record book in the process.
 
The senior righthander piled up 19 victories and 165 strikeouts, leading the NWC in both categories. She also engineered a league-best five shutouts while helping Linfield achieve a 34-8 overall record. Her 1.14 earned run average also led the conference. 
 
Owing to her consistent success rate, Paavola became the career wins leader at Linfield with 73 wins. She also became just the second player in Wildcats history to surpass 500 strikeouts.
 
Garcia led the NWC in runs batted in with 48. Her 52 hits ranked third and her .416 batting average was sixth-highest in the conference. A three-year starter, Garcia received her third first team all-NWC citation.
 
Brosig led the NWC with 15 doubles, 81 total bases, and a .648 on-base percentage. She ranked second among NWC players in hits (55), walks (20) and batting average (.440). Her 32 RBI was second-most on the team behind Garcia and ranked eighth in the NWC.
 
As Linfield's leadoff hitter, Middelstadt enjoyed her finest season. She led the NWC in runs scored (41) and was third in stolen bases (23) and triples (2).
 
Receiving second team all-NWC consideration were infielder Lisa Yamamoto (Jr., Carson City, Nev.), outfielder Erin Carson (Jr., Camas, Wash.), catcher McKenna Spieth (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.), pitcher Shelby VandeBergh (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) and utility Erin Kinney (Fr., Bainbridge, Wash.).
 
Yamamoto, a two-time NWC all-star, started 36 of the Wildcats' 39 games at either first base or designated player. She hit .330 with nine doubles, two triples and three home runs. Yamamoto drove in 21 runs and drew 15 walks.
 
Carson hit .302 while starting all 41 contests in right field. She smacked 41 doubles to go along with three triples, one home run and 21 RBI. Carson was a repeat pick on the NWC all-star team.
 
In her second season as the Wildcats' starting catcher, Spieth batted .274 with four doubles, one triple and four home runs. She drove in 17 runs and stole six bases in six attempts. She was accorded second team all-NWC honors for the second straight year.
 
VandeBergh assembled an 11-3 record in the pitching circle, striking out 66 batters while posting a 1.56 ERA. She recorded two shutouts, and tossed the third no-hitter of her career Feb. 22 against Lewis & Clark.
 
Kinney made an immediate impact as a freshman, hitting .405 while starting 29 games in left field or as the designated player. She recorded nine doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI. Her .655 slugging percentage was second-highest on the team.
 
Wildcats coach Jackson Vaughan earned his 10th NWC Coach of the Year award in 11 seasons. Vaughan, a 1998 Linfield graduate, raised his career coaching record to 484-109-1.
 
Linfield, which clinched the NWC's automatic bid to the Division III playoffs, awaits word from the NCAA of its postseason destination. The live video selection show is scheduled to be webcast on Monday, May 5, at 7 a.m. PDT on NCAA.com.
 
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