Cal State Stanislaus sophomore third baseman Jordan Flora was named to the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association softball first team, it was announced by the conference office on Thursday. Teammate and senior catcher Missy Corral was a second-team selection.
Flora had a stellar first season as a Warrior, finishing among the CCAA leaders in batting average, second with 45 runs batted in and second with 15 doubles. In CCAA games, she batted .328 with eight doubles, seven homers and drove in 39 runs.
Corral batted .344 with nine doubles, three homers and 19 RBIs in 36 conference games and was one of the best defensive catchers, evidenced by her tossing out 13 out of 24 base-stealers.
With Flora and Corral, the Warriors finished the season with a 21-30 overall record and 14-22 in the conference.
Sonoma State had the most all-conference players with six, as voted by coaches.
Meanwhile, regular-season champion UC San Diego captured three individual awards as junior Camille Gaito was tabbed Pitcher of the Year, Mya Romero was named Freshman of the Year and Patti Gerckens was selected Coach of the Year. Humboldt State sophomore Chrissy Stalf was voted Most Valuable Player of the Year and Chico State junior Sam Baker earned Newcomer of the Year honors.
Sonoma State — the CCAA runner-up and the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s CCAA Tournament — placed five players on the first team. The list of Seawolves includes sophomore pitcher Samantha Lipperd, senior second baseman Kayla Ledford, senior shortstop Rochelle Vanyi, senior designated player Jesse Talaugon and senior utility player Brittany Martinez.
Stalf had an impressive season as she led the CCAA with a .398 overall batting average, .807 slugging percentage, 68 hits, 47 RBI, 16 doubles, a conference single-season record 18 home runs and 138 total bases.
After sharing Pitcher of the Year honors a year ago, Gaito has posted a 25-2 overall record, 0.53 ERA and 20 complete games in 2011. In 173 innings she has recorded 142 strikeouts and limited opposing batters to a .179 average. Gaito leads the CCAA in ERA and wins.
Romero enjoyed a solid rookie campaign as she concluded the regular season with a .321 average, 27 runs scored and 23 RBI while playing in 45 games. Baker, a transfer from Sierra College, appeared in 29 games and led Chico State's staff with a 20-7 record, 1.51 ERA and 20 complete games.
Gerkens, in her 19th season guiding UC San Diego, led the Tritons to a 34-11 overall record, including a 22-9 conference mark, and the program's first-ever CCAA title.