Smaldone joined by Heimbach, Secreti and Sterritt as All-Americans
HERKIMER, NY – The Herkimer Generals softball team had three sophomores and one freshman earn spots on the 2014 NJCAA DIII All-American Team this week.
Making it to the first team was catcher Sammy Smaldone (Delmar, NY). The sophomore was Top 10 in six offensive categories nationally, finishing eighth in average (.541), third in hits (72), second in doubles (23), seventh in home runs (9), sixth in RBIs (53) and seventh in slugging percentage (.917). In 39 games, Smaldone accumulated two or more RBIs 17 times, totaling a season-high five RBIs against Jefferson in April. In 133 plate appearances in 2014, Smaldone only struck out four times, racking up three or more hits in 12 games for the Generals.
Ashley Sterritt (Accord, NY) and Sarah Heimbach (Greenwich, NY) were two everyday players who made it to the second team. Sterritt, an infielder, led the nation in home runs (12), was fifth in RBIs (54), eighth in slugging percentage (.913) and ninth in runs scored (50). In 39 games, Sterritt hit two or more home runs in a single game twice and tallied three or more RBIs nine times. As for Heimbach, her speed at the top of the lineup allowed her to lead the nation in triples with six. After that, Heimbach hit .500 with 56 hits, 14 doubles, 49 runs scored and 13 walks. The freshman played in 36 games and was hitless in only five games, scoring two or more runs 18 times in 2014.
The final second team award went to pitcher Toni Secreti (Syracuse). Secreti, like Smaldone led the nation in many statistical categories. She was seventh in wins (15), eighth in complete games (21), first in shutouts (10), sixth in strikeouts (138) and seventh in ERA (1.28). In the 2014 DIII Softball National Championship which consisted of three consecutive days of competition, Secreti pitched an impressive 26 innings, allowing two earned runs on 13 hits while striking out 18 batters.
Their Head Coach Peter Anadio said, "These girls have worked tremendously hard since the day they have stepped foot on this campus and are very deserving of this award. But, without the hard work of their teammates pushing them to greater heights, dedication from their coaches and support from their teachers and families, they would never have the opportunities that they have had. This is a team sport and these are the ultimate team awards that everyone should take some satisfaction in."