All-Star honors roll in for Fort Lewis softball

DeHerrera, Janes and Rodriguez earn postseason accolades

Destinee DeHerrera (22) earned first team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors for her work at the plate out of the leadoff position, and that was matched by Stephanie Janes, who also earned All-District 7 and All-Central Region honors. Enlarge photo

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Destinee DeHerrera (22) earned first team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors for her work at the plate out of the leadoff position, and that was matched by Stephanie Janes, who also earned All-District 7 and All-Central Region honors.

A third-place finish earned Fort Lewis College softball three All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selections, one District 7 pick and a pair of All-Central Region honors.

Stephanie Janes and Destinee DeHerrera were first-team choices on the All-RMAC teams, while Chelsea Rodriguez earned a spot on the second team.

Janes then was named to the All-District 7 softball team, and she and Rodriguez were chosen All-Central Region. The region’s athletic directors selected both Janes twins and Rodriguez to the second team, while the coaches named Rodriguez first team All-Central Region and Janes second team.

Janes, a natural pitcher who’s spent most of her senior year at first base, was an offensive revelation for the Skyhawks this season, hitting .406 with 58 hits, 10 homers and 43 RBIs alongside her selection as the RMAC’s Academic Player of the Year.

“Stephanie has hit the ball extremely well all year with tons of power,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said in a news release.

DeHerrera, a sophomore outfielder, hit .351 with 15 doubles, six homers and 30 driven in.

“Destinee has been a catalyst for our team all year and has been a tough out in the leadoff position,” Zeiter said.

Rodriguez’s numbers seem to belie her selection on the second team. She led FLC with a .474 average, 58 runs, 73 hits, 15 doubles, 15 home runs, 51 RBIs, 47 walks, an .864 slugging percentage, a .610 on-base percentage and 133 total bases.

The on-base percentage led all of NCAA Division II, and she also was first in walks, sixth in average and ninth in slugging percentage nationally.

“With her power and patience at the plate, she has been one of the toughest outs all season long,” Zeiter said.

Hannah Rapoport of Colorado Christian and Kelly Unkrich of Colorado Mines were the RMAC Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Rapoport led the RMAC in batting average in the regular season at .482 and tallied 93 hits, good for tops in the conference.

Unkrich, a two-time winner of the award, had an RMAC-best 2.99 earned-run average and was second with 16 wins and 149 strikeouts in the regular season.

Rachel Illias of Regis and Ariel Lopez of CSU-Pueblo shared top freshmen honors. Illias’ .410 average was tops among RMAC freshmen, and her 18 stolen bases were sixth-best league-wide. Lopez had a .407 average and led all league freshmen in doubles (15) and RBIs (47).

CCU’s Daven Bond and CSUP’s Shane Showalter shared top coaching honors. Bond’s Cougars were 24-16 in the conference in their first year as a program. Showalter’s ThunderWolves were 26-17 in league, finishing second.

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