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Stines named Catcher of the Year, NFCA All-American with four teammates

Southern Oregon Raiders softball catcher Allie Stines was voted the NFCA NAIA Catcher of the year while also making the NFCA's first-team All-America list with four of her Raider teammates.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 3:51 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2021 4:36 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — The postseason accolades for the back-to-back NAIA National Champions are just starting to roll in and catcher Allie Stines is leading the charge. The Raiders field general was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's NAIA Catcher of the Year. Along with the prestigious award, Stines and four of her teammates were named first-team All-Americans by the NFCA.

In her final collegiate season, Stines led the country in doubles with 34, just one shy of tying the NAIA record set by Corrie Allan in 1997. The career total was enough for Stines to set a Cascade Conference record in doubles (73) in just two and a half seasons with SOU after transferring from the College of San Mateo in 2019.

Behind the dish, Stines won her second CCC Gold Glove award in as many seasons, mowing down potential base stealers at will. She finished the 2021 season throwing out eight-of-19 runners and finished her career at SOU cutting down 33 percent of base stealers.

Stines was one of five Raiders named to the NFCA NAIA First-Team All-America roster. It was the most members of any school on the list. SOU's catcher was joined by battery mates Gabby Sandoval and Lauren Quirke as well as second baseman Hannah Shimek and NAIA World Series MVP Riley Donovan.

Sandoval finished the season 32-4 and tied for second on the NAIA's All-Time pitcher's win list (122). A minuscule 1.60 ERA with 198 strikeouts in 218.1 innings of work helped lower her career ERA to 1.83 in her four years as a Raider.

Quirke, the Cascade Conference's Player of the Year, made first-team as a third baseman even though she was also stellar from the circle. She led the NAIA in hits (101), was second in runs batted in (7) and finished fifth in batting average (.488). In her "super senior" season, Quirke smashed the conference's career batting average record, hitting at a .470 clip in 146 games.

Four-year starter Hannah Shimek was a menace on the basepaths this year, stealing 34 bases in 37 attempts while leading the NAIA in runs scored (69). She finished second in the nation with ten triples while batting .423 with 43 RBIs. An All-CCC first-team and a member of the World Series all-tournament team, Shimek was an integral part of the Raiders' success over the last four years.

Newcomer Riley Donovan exploded onto the NAIA scene in 2021, finishing her first season with Southern Oregon with a .448 batting average, 66 runs batted in, eight homers, and a team-high 30 walks. The designated player/catcher slugged her way through the NAIA World Series tournament, going 11-for-17 with two home runs, a pair of doubles, eight RBIs and seven walks. Donovan provided the eventual game-winning home run in the ninth inning of the NAIA World Series final.

The NFCA All-American awards are separate from the official NAIA All-American awards that will be released on Tuesday.

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