Kiersten Coho had been named to the All Conference, All Region, and NFCA All American team for her play this past season. Today, the sophomore right hander, was named to the NJCAA All American team!
The NJCAA is selected by the Division 2 softball committee and involves all players from the 138 Division 2 Softball programs in the nation.
"We are so happy for Kiersten", said Saints head Coach Brian Dewey. "She had a shaky freshman season, but she kept pitching over the summer and when she got back to campus for her sophomore year, she had improved a great deal. She was ready to work and she put in the time."
Coho got off to a hot start this past year, allowing just 23 earned runs in her first 75 innings. As a matter of fact, Coho didn't allow more than five earned runs in any game until the District Tournament, when College of Morris beat the Saints 10-7. Coho bounced back the next day, pitching both games as the Saints beat Morris twice to advance to the National Tournament.
Three separate times she reached double digits in strikeouts, her season high was 13 against Corning Community College in late March. She also had 12 against Erie Community College and 10 vs Genesee in just five inning of work.
On April 24th, the Saints played Monroe Community College in a double header that would decide the conference championship. Coho pitched a shutout in the first game, and then went another six innings in game two, allowing just three earned runs while striking out nine.
Perhaps helping her case for NJCAA American, was Coho's offense down the stretch. "She became our hottest hitter going into Nationals", said Dewey. "In the Regional, I moved her up in the lineup to fourth, and she responded with two home runs to beat Orange. She had two hits against Kankakee at the National tournament, and then hit a three run home run against Heartland to help us win that game".
Coho finished with a .411 batting average for the season. She joins Mackenzie Hawley and Emily Foy (both NFCA All Americans) as the only three Saints to bat over 400. She finished with eight home runs, but most impressive was that five of those homers came in the post season.
"We want to congratulate Kiersten on this achievement, she put in the time and work, and it's good to see a player get rewarded like this", said Dewey. "Obviously, she was a vital part of our success this past year, but she is also a great person."