Five Tompkins Cortland Softball Players Named All-AmericansMay 30, 2012
More honors for the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team – this time five players have been named All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Freshman Kristan Baker (Dallas H.S./Dallas, Penn.) was chosen for the first team while sophomores Tayler Fravel (Sandy Creek H.S./Sandy Creek), Emilie Rogers (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira), Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning), and Mackenzie Sherlock (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square) were selected to the second team. Tompkins Cortland had the most players named All-Americans, making up a quarter of the 20 honorees.
Baker, the third first-team All American in Tompkins Cortland history, was selected as an outfielder. She put up impressive offensive numbers, hitting.489 with amazing power. She had 22 doubles, 10 home runs, and 61 RBI – all either setting or tying Tompkins Cortland season records. She had a Tompkins Cortland-record 25-game hitting streak and a slugging percentage of .881, the second best in Tompkins Cortland history.
Scheer and Fravel are now two-time NJCAA softball All Americans, the first Panthers ever to record that achievement. Scheer hit .461 while splitting time between the outfield and catcher. She led the team with three triples, was second with 14 doubles and 49 RBI, and blasting five home runs. She is in the top ten of nearly every career offensive category in Tompkins Cortland's record book, including holding the record for career RBI and on-base percentage.
Fravel was the leadoff hitter and shortstop every game this year for the Panthers. She hit .444 while setting a Tompkins Cortland record for runs scored in a season and hits in a career. She had 67 hits in 40 games, knocking 12 doubles and four home runs and stealing a team-best 13 bases.
Sherlock, who was selected as a utility player, made her mark both at the plate and in the pitching circle. She finished the season with a record of 12-2, an ERA of 2.30, and 88 strike outs in 85.1 innings of work. At the plate she hit .418 with a single-season record-tying 10 home runs. She holds the career record with 17 home runs and is second on the career RBI list. Her slugging percentage of .800 was second on the team and the fourth best ever in the history of the program.
Rogers, a sophomore who transferred to Tompkins Cortland before the season, was the top pitcher in Region III, going 18-3 with an ERA of 0.81. She struck out 209 in 130 innings, becoming the first Panthers pitcher to top 200 strikeouts in a single season. She struck out more than a dozen batters four times, including a Tompkins Cortland-record 17 in a national tournament win over Ridgewater Community College (Minn.).
All five were previously named to the all-region and all-conference teams. They provided the core of the team that won a fourth-straight Region III championship and second straight third-place finish at the NJCAA National Championship tournament. The team ended the year with a record of 35-5.