GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named three Calvin players to the NFCA Central All-Region Team on Wednesday afternoon. Anna Gernant was named to the first team, with Jessica Brasser earning second-team honors and Maddie DeGroot landing on the third team.
"This is a great honor for Anna, Jess, Maddie and our team," said head coach Becky Hilgert. "There is a tremendous amount of talented players in the Central Region with some eye-popping statistics. On the mound, Anna showed how dominant she can be at times while also helping our team offensively. Jess and Maddie were our offensive catalysts at the top of the order and made several big plays for us defensively. After a record-breaking season, it is nice for our team and these individuals to get national recognition for their hard work and success."
A junior from West Des Moines, Iowa, Gernant is earning NFCA honored for the third-straight year. In the circle, Anna Gernant posted a record of 14-6 in 2018. She only allowed 33 earned runs in 24 appearances. She finished the year with 194 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.69. At the plate, she finished with 31 hits, including seven doubles and one home run. The Iowa native recorded 19 RBI and 16 runs.
A senior from Rockford, Michigan, Brasser is on the NFCA All-Region team for the first time in her career. Jessica Brasser led the Knights in many offensive categories, including 60 hits, 14 doubles, a batting average of .420 and an on-base percentage of .447. She also finished the year with two doubles, 34 runs, 29 RBI and a slugging percentage of .545.
A junior from Hudsonville, Michigan, DeGroot returns to the All-Region team for the first time since 2016. DeGroot excelled at the lead-off position in 2018. She led the Maroon and Gold with 36 runs, four triples and 12 stolen bases. The Calvin junior recorded 59 hits, including five doubles and three home runs. She also notched 21 RBI, nine walks and a batting average of .401.
The Knights finished the season with a school record 32 victories. The Maroon and Gold advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals and the MIAA Tournament.