Ramstein junior pitching ace Kelsey Freeman positioned herself for a four-year sweep Wednesday when she was voted an All-Europe softball first-teamer for the third straight year.

Freeman, who struck out 94 batters in the 50.2 innings she pitched for the Division I champions in 2012, was joined on the first team by three other members of the 2011 Top 12 - senior pitchers Deraj' McClinton and Taylor Hall of Vilseck, and her Ramstein team- and mound-mate, sophomore Katherine Enyeart.

Four 2011 second-teamers - senior Giovanna Trigg of Division II champion Naples and sophomores Amber Marvin of Patch, Reagan McCurn of Kaiserslautern and Rylee McKinney of AFNORTH were promoted to the first team this time around by a panel of softball coaches chaired by DODDS-Europe athletic coordinator Karen Seadore. The panel returned three 2011 second-teamers to the 2012 second 12 - Taylor Bonenclark of AFNORTH, Apryl Jackson of Wiesbaden and Shannon Walsh of Naples.

The panel chose 14 non seniors for the Top 24 - eight sophomores and six juniors. Notable among the juniors selected were Rota pitcher Natalia Rivera, the only D-III player on the roster who returned to the second team after a one-year absence, and Schweinfurt third baseman Ashley Dowdy, the first-year school's first All-European.

Fourteen players from D-I schools, topped by Kaiserslautern's four picks, and nine from D-II schools, four of them from Naples, rounded out the squads.

Here are the 2012 All-Europe softball teams:First Team

Player School Grade Position

Katherine Enyeart Ramstein 10 P-1B

MacKenzie Farnham Ansbach 11 C

Kelsey Freeman Ramstein 11 P-1B

Taylor Hall Vilseck 12 P-1B-3B

Lauren Hawkins Kaiserslautern 12 P-1B

Vicky Krause Naples 10 C

Amber Marvin Patch 10 P-1B

Deraj' McClinton Vilseck 12 P-C-SS

Regan McCurn Kaiserslautern 10 SS

Rylee McKinney AFNORTH 10 P-SS

Jenny Sparks Patch 10 SS-CF-2B

Giovanna Trigg Naples 12 1B-SS

Second team

Player School Grade Position

Melissa Bonano Kaiserslautern 10 C

Taylor Bonenclark AFNORTH 12 CF-SS

Ashley Dowdy Schweinfurt 11 3B

Ashlee Fowler AFNORTH 12 CF-SS

Davina Gutierrez Naples 10 3B-SS

Haley Haydon Ramstein 12 OF

Saige Isla Kaiserslautern 11 2B

Apryl Jackson Wiesbaden 12 P-1B

Jessica Rahn Patch 12 C-3B

Natalia Rivera Rota 11 P

Shannon Walsh Naples 12 CF

Ashton Wiggins Vilseck 12 C-3B-1B

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