For the first time in the history of the program, the Saints had three players named to the NFCA All American team. The All American team was selected from the players that were named All Region a few weeks ago. There are three regions in the country, East, Mid-West, and South.
Ashlyn Slusher was named first team All American by the NFCA after having an outstanding season for the Saints. Slusher, a freshman from Bristolville, OH, led the Saints with a .500 batting average and 72 hits. She also had 55 RBIs and seven home runs for MNE. In an elimination game vs Lackawanna in the District series, the Saints were down 4-2 with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh. Slusher delivered a two run triple to send the game into extra innings, where the Saints went on to win and force a third game.
Mackenzie Hawley was named to the second team after another stellar season as the Saints shortstop and leadoff batter. Hawley, a sophomore from Cochranton, PA, hit .439 on the season and led the Saints with 63 runs, six triples, and 27 steals. She broke the school record for steals in a season and a career. She also hit two runs and 11 doubles to go along with her play at shortstop. This is Hawley's second NFCA All American Selection as she received the honor last year as well.
Lei Guthrie was also a second team selection, picked for both her hitting and pitching. Guthrie, a freshman from New Salem, PA, was the Saints number one pitcher this year with a team high 140 innings and 175 strikeouts. She also collected 18 wins and a team low ERA of 2.16. In addition to her pitching, Guthrie was the Saints biggest power threat at the plate, leading the team with 12 home runs, 56 RBIs, and 21 doubles to go along with a .431 batting average.
The Saints finished the year with a 42-10 record and appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.