College notebook: Linfield outfielder Carson named D-III All-America player

NFCA honors Camas High grad

By Kurt Zimmer, Columbian Sports Copy Editor and Writer



Erin Carson, Linfield College softball

Linfield College sophomore right fielder Erin Carson was named an NCAA Division III All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Camas High School graduate hit .475 with 12 doubles, two triples and one home run. She drove in 32 runs and scored 26 times while playing flawless defense in right field.

The Division III All-America awards were chosen by a committee of NFCA member head coaches, representing the eight regions of NCAA Division III. To be eligible for All-America honors, student-athletes must have been already have received first team NFCA all-region honors.

GFU’s Dixon honored by NWC, D3 website

George Fox University junior first baseman Derek Dixon was named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team and the All-West Region Second Team.

The Columbia River High School graduate batted .355 on the season and .398 in conference games, with a .555 slugging percentage. His 55 hits included 16 doubles and a team-high five home runs for 86 total bases, and he had team highs of 43 runs batted in and 37 runs scored.

In led the NWC in sacrifice flies (7) and was second in RBI, third in runs and doubles, fourth in home runs, fifth in total bases, sixth in at-bats (155) and hits, seventh in hit by pitches (8), eighth in slugging (.555), and 14th in batting. He also led the conference in fielding chances (401) and putouts (385).

In NCAA Division III, he was fifth in sacrifice flies, 17th in RBI, 29th in doubles (16), 42nd in total bases (86), and 43rd in RBI per game (1.13). He was a three-time honorable mention for NWC Position Player of the Week.

Beatty named PLU baseball team MVP

Pacific Lutheran University junior starting pitcher Max Beatty was awarded the Lutes’ O.T. Harstad Most Valuable Player Award and garnered All-Northwest Conference Second Team recognition.

The Fort Vancouver High School graduate was selected by his teammates for the MVP honor after finishing the season with a 7-5 record and 2.48 ERA. He threw three complete game shutouts in 13 starts, struck out 90 opposing batters in 87 innings, and limited opponents to a .224 average.

Beyond his baseball achievements, his story of overcoming testicular cancer that prevented him from playing in 2012 provided the Lutes with inspiration throughout the 2013 season.

Woodland’s Shoup named top teammate — Also in PLU team awards, senior pitcher Nathan Shoup was named Teammate of the Year. The Woodland High School graduate had a 1-0 record and a 3.46 ERA this season.

Adams unanimous All-GNAC selection

Central Washington junior left-handed pitcher Skye Adams is a unanimous selection to the All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference First Team.

The Columbia River High School graduate emerged as the Wildcats’ pitching ace despite missing four weeks of the season due to injury.

He finished the year with a 6-2 record and 3.80 ERA.

CCC honors scholars

Locals are among the 186 Cascade Collegiate Conference athletes garnering Academic All-CCC honors for spring sports.

Honorees must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 and at least sophomore standing.

Concordia University:

• Kristina Cupp (Vancouver Christian High School), track and field, sophomore, business major.

• Gabriella Dixson (homeschool), track and field, senior, psychology.

• Laura Luther (Columbia River), softball, senior, biology.

• Tanner Maahs (Prairie), sophomore, golf, business.

• C.J. Watson (Evergreen), baseball, senior, education.

Corban University:

• John Trimble (Hudson’s Bay), track and field, senior, health science.

Northwest University:

• Meagan Governor (La Center), track and field, senior, mathematics.

GNAC academic awards for pair

Two Camas High School graduates were named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track and Field All-Academic team.

• Joshua Reiter, Western Washington junior, holds a 3.47 GPA in computer science.

• Seanna Pitassi, a Central Washington junior, holds a 3.78 GPA in biology/chemistry teaching and public health.

Frontier Conference honors Klettke

Lewis-Clark State College senior distance runner Kelsey Klettke was named to the Frontier Conference All-Academic team.

The Prairie High School graduate is pursuing a degree in kinesiology.

To be eligible for the team, a student athlete must be a sophomore in standing, maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 and be enrolled at school for the previous two semesters.

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