Five sets of teammates from title-winning or contending teams headline the 2014 All-Europe softball first team, released this week by athletic director Karen Seadore.
Newly-crowned European champion Patch placed three of its stars on the 12-player team. The Panther presence includes seniors Amber Marvin and Colleen Fenton, the bookend pitching and hitting stars that led Patch’s stirring return to the Division I throne, and sophomore shortstop Shannon Nam.
Vanquished Ramstein earned two first-teamers in sophomore cleanup hitter Zania Sterling and All-Europe stalwart Katherine Enyeart. Vilseck, meanwhile, was rewarded for its strong postseason showing with first-team nods for seniors Brittany Richardson and Kayla Clamage.
Both participants in the all-Italy Division II title game placed two players on the first team. Two-time champ Vicenza saw ace pitcher Megan Buffington and catcher Bayleigh Hall crack the roster, while first baseman Davina Gutierrez and shortstop Erin Dromerhauser made the team for runner-up Naples.
Kaiserslautern senior Alexes Liggins rounded out the first-team selections.
The second team was a more diverse group, featuring 12 players from 10 different schools.
AFNORTH’s Rachel Pagio and Alconbury’s Emily Luong were recognized among six senior second-teamers. But the team also shows evidence of a new crop of talent, as four freshmen – Rota’s Audrey Howard, Hohenfels’ Elexianna Artiaga and Ramstein’s Kristina Poe and Sarah Wilhite – made the second team.
OF Brittany Richardson, Vilseck (Sr.)
P Kayla Clamage, Vilseck (Sr.)
UTIL Zania Sterling, Ramstein (Soph.)
P/INF Katherine Enyeart, Ramstein (Sr.)
3B Alexes Liggins, Kaiserslautern (Sr.)
SS Shannon Nam, Patch (Soph.)
P/1B Amber Marvin, Patch (Sr.)
P/1B Colleen Fenton, Patch (Sr.)
1B Davina Gutierrez, Naples (Sr.)
SS Erin Dromerhauser, Naples (Jr.)
SS/P Megan Buffington, Vicenza (Jr.)
C Bayleigh Hall, Vicenza (Soph.)
UTIL Jessica Poluhowich, Naples (Sr.)
OF Cynthia Goodwin, Vicenza (Sr.)
P/3B Elexianna Artiaga, Hohenfels (Fr.)
C Audrey Howard, Rota (Fr.)
C Rachel Pagio, AFNORTH (Sr.)
UTIL Emily Luong, Alconbury (Sr.)
C Alexis Haddock, Patch (Sr.)
OF Breanna Rodriguez, Patch (Sr.)
UTIL Nina Knight, Kaiserslautern (Soph.)
UTIL Kristina Poe, Ramstein (Fr.)
UTIL Sarah Wilhite, Ramstein (Fr.)
SS/P Shannon Cox, Lakenheath (Jr.)