The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the 45 players chosen for the 2015 NFCA Division III All-America softball teams last night during the NCAA Division III Championship banquet at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.
Luther College junior catcher Carli Radil and senior outfielder Hiliary Pennington were named to the All-America team. Radil was a second team selection and Pennington was a third-team honoree.
Radil, who earlier was named all-Central Region for the third time of her career, batted .421 during the 2015 campaign that included a team best 17 doubles, two triples and seven home runs. She also led the team with 57 RBI. Her slugging percentage was an impressive .721.
Defensively, she was credited with 197 putouts, 37 assists and three errors for a fielding percentage of .944.
Pennington, returned to the Norse starting lineup in center field after missing the majority of last year due to a knee injury. A slapper who batted second in the lineup, she tallied a .459 batting average with 21 RBI. She set the single season hits record with 68 and also led the Norse in stolen bases with 16 in 18 attempts. Defensively she was credited with 47 putouts, two assists and one error for a fielding percentage of .980.
"What the girls will remember the most is leading their team to an Iowa Conference Championship and an NCAA post-season bid this year," stated Luther head coach Renae Hartl. "The fact they can now both say they had All-American individual seasons puts them among Luther's greatest softball players. Carli's power numbers combined with her high average puts her in a very elite category of hitters in the nation this year. She also lead us defensively behind the plate handling all three pitchers and calling very different, strategic games for each of them every outing."
"Hiliary broke our single-season hits record this season. Although her 68 hits are outstanding, the numbers I was most impressed with this year from Hiliary was her ability to steal a base, take a walk, and even hit the ball through the infield for that important RBI for her team. After her major knee injury last season, I was nervous about her ability to get her speed and first step out of the box back. She worked her way back and she closed her softball career playing the best ball of her life.
With these honors, Radil and Pennington become the 20th and 21st Luther players to earn NFCA All-America honors, and the 13th and 14th to be so honored during Coach Hartl's 14-year career.
Radil, a 2012 graduate of Minnetonka High School, is the daughter of Terry and Karen Radil of Chanhassen, Minn.
Pennington, a 2011 graduate of Carlisle High School, is the daughter of Tom and Tammie Pennington of Des Moines, Iowa.