Beaver Falls, PA - The NCCAA East Region 2014 Fastpitch Softball All-Region Team was released Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Geneva impacted every aspect of the regional team starting at the top with head coach Van Zanic honored as the Coach of the Year. For the past 12 seasons, Van Zanic has handled the head coaching duties for Geneva′s softball team. During his tenure, Geneva has won more games than in any other 12 year stretch in school history. Geneva′s current 2013-14 record of 21-14 improves Zanic′s career mark to 324-212. Under Zanic′s direction, the seasons′ senior class has won over 100 games during their careers as Golden Tornadoes.
Sophomore starting pitcher, Samantha Johnson (Murrysville, PA / Franklin Regional) was selected as the East Region′s Player of the Year for her outstanding work on the mound. Johnson finished the regular season pitching more innings than any other pitcher in the Presidents′ Athletic Conference (PAC) (165.0) and finishing with the most wins in the PAC with a 17-8 record after striking out 106 batters (#2 in the PAC). In addition, Johnson batted .281, with 25 hits, 12 runs batted in, and four stolen bases.
Four of the 12 members of the 2014 NCCAA East Region team are from Geneva′s roster including pitcher Samantha Johnson, infielder Ashley Davis (New Middletown, OH / Springfield Local), infielder Christina Fuqua (Derwood, MD / Richard Montogomery), and designated player Andrea Hinds (Montrose, PA / Montrose). Laura Beck (Canfield, OH / Canfield) claimed honorable mention for her work in the infield and offensive presence at bat.
The complete NCCAA East Region 2014 Fastpitch Softball All-Region Team:
|Ashley Riffell||Sr.||P||Mt. Vernon|
|Sarah Brugere||Jr.||C||Valley Forge|
|Kara Morrison||Sr.||IF||Mt. Vernon Nazarene|
|Samantha Reed||So.||IF||Valley Forge|
|Anna Harris||Fr.||IF||Lancaster Bible|
|Hannah Shaffer||So.||OF||Mt. Vernon Nazarene|
|Erica Thompson||Jr.||OF||Baptist Bible|
|Ali Morton||So.||OF||Lancaster Bible|
Player of the Year: Samantha Johnson, Geneva
Coach of the Year: Van Zanic, Geneva
Honorable Mention: Kelsey Collins, Lancaster Bible; Laura Beck, Geneva; Konnor Byers, Mt. Vernon Nazarene; Megan Bieldman, Mt. Vernon NazareneGeneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, Adult Degree Programs with fully online and campus-based options, and seven graduate degrees, Geneva has programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. Adhering to the inerrancy of Scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God′s word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write and communicate well in today′s world.