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Former Woodland standout, Braselton named NAIA Softball All-American

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2017 Softball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Senior Kali Pugh of Oklahoma City is named the NAIA Player of the Year and Freshman Kathleen Daniel of Brenau (Ga.) is honored as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year. The All-America teams are comprised of First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections.

Former Woodland High School standout and 2017 shortstop for Reinhardt University, Taylor Braselton, was named an NAIA Second Team All-American.

Braselton finished her senior season with a .457 batting average and started 58 of 59 games for the Lady Eagles. She had 96 hits in 210 official at-bats with nine doubles, three triples, and 33 RBIs. Her on-base percentage was .529 and she stole 35 bases in 37 attempts. Defensively, the RU middle infielder had a .912 fielding percentage in 274 chances and was part of 24 double plays.

2017 NAIA Softball All-America Teams

First Team (sorted by position)

Name -- School -- Pos. -- Yr. -- Hometown

Kathleen Daniel -- Brenau (Ga.) P Fr. Locust Grove, Ga.

Georgia Wall* -- Oklahoma City P So. Marlow, Okla.

Abby Meador*^ -- Oklahoma City P Jr. Midwest City, Okla.

Jaci Smith* -- Oklahoma City C So. Godley, Texas

Kelsey Connolly -- Thomas (Ga.) C Jr. Lodi, Ca.

Kali Pugh* -- Oklahoma City INF Sr. Vista, Calif.

Erin Sharpe -- Bellevue (Neb.) INF So. Bosque Farms, N.M.

Madison Ellis* -- Oklahoma City INF Sr. Yukon, Okla.

Molly Carter -- Columbia (Mo.) INF So. Columbia, Mo.

Julinn Torres* -- LSU Alexandria (La.) INF Sr. El Paso, Texas

Niki Cook -- Georgia Gwinnett OF Jr. Buford, Ga.

Carly Spalding^ -- Columbia (Mo.) OF Sr. Monroe City, Mo.

Tara Moates^ -- Oregon Tech OF Jr. Klamath Falls, Ore.

Aubri Hockenbury -- Houston-Victoria (Texas) OF Sr. Santa Fe, Texas

Kaisey Carson* -- Indiana Wesleyan UTIL Sr. Avon, Ind.

Dani Billings -- LSU Alexandria (La.) DP Jr. Nixa, Mo.

Breena Smith -- Marian (Ind.) At-LP So. Indianapolis, Ind.

Morghan Dieringer -- St. Francis (Ill.) At-LP Jr. New Lenox, Ill.

Kelli Fisher -- Bellevue (Neb.) At-LP Sr. Yutan, Neb.

Brashante Dareus -- Georgia Gwinnett ALINF Sr. Freeport, Bahamas

Second Team (sorted by position)

Name -- School -- Pos. -- Hometown

Kelsey Conkey -- Rio Grande (Ohio) P So. Minford, Ohio

Rachel Henks -- Morningside (Iowa) P Sr. Lee's Summit, Mo.

Claudia Farrell*^ -- Grand View (Iowa) P Jr. Des Moines, Iowa

Kelsey Gravens -- Midway (Ky.) C Jr. Mt. Washington, Ky.

Destiny Turner^ -- College of Idaho C Sr. Boise, Idaho

Madison Wright -- Simpson INF So. Carlisle, Iowa

Taylor Braselton -- Reinhardt (Ga.) INF Sr. Euharlee, Ga.

Jacqueline Roof* -- Campbellsville (Ky.) INF Jr. Paducah, Ky.

Kyndle Wolfinger -- Siena Heights (Mich.) INF Sr. Jackson, Mich.

Michaela Criner -- Rio Grande (Ohio) INF Fr. Lancaster, Ohio

Michaela Shouldis -- Oklahoma Wesleyan OF Jr. Dayton, Ore.

Kayla Prachyl -- Texas Wesleyan OF Jr. Ennis, Texas

Samantha Stallbaumer -- Oklahoma City OF So. Haven, Kan.

Megan Washam -- Evangel OF Sr. Corinth, Texas

Taylor Winn* -- Lindenwood-Belleville UTIL Sr. Herrin, Ill.

Theresa DeCosty -- Columbia (Mo.) DP Sr. St. Charles, Mo.

Jessie Isham -- Corban (Ore.) At-LC So. Salem, Ore.

Molli Morgan -- Ottawa (Kan.) At-LP Sr. Paola, Kan.

Madison Byrd -- Tabor (Kan.) At-LP Fr. Stanton, Calif.

Marci West -- LSU Alexandria (La.) At-LP Sr. Anacoco, La.

Honorable Mention

Name — School

Marinna Shadley -- Ave Maria

Olivia Brees -- Baker (Kan.)

Sarah Crews -- Clarke

Sabrina Boyd -- Corban (Ore.)

Iris Rodriguez -- Corban (Ore.)

Alexa Flores -- Davenport

McKenzie Kenobbie -- Dickinson State

Laykyn Lindsay -- Friends (Kan.)

Devin Brown -- Grand View (Iowa)

Kelsey Brodbeck -- Keiser (Fla.)

Casey Bryan -- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Grace Lumpkin -- Marian (Ind.)

Caylee Porter -- Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Kassidy Butler -- Michigan Dearborn

Mallory Land -- Park (Mo.)

Alexis Paulo-Meyers -- Peru State (Neb.)

Tate Landmark -- Science & Arts (Okla.)

Kelsey Randall -- Southern Oregon

Chelsie Valentine -- Warner (Fla.)

Rachel Hickman -- William Carey (Miss.)

Player of the Year: Kali Pugh, Oklahoma City

Pitcher of the Year: Kathleen Daniel, Brenau (Ga.)

* 2016 All-American

^2015 All-American

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