Fifty outstanding softball players have been chosen for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year watch list. Among those is Luther junior outfielder Ashley Burrows. The list will be paired down throughout the season until just one player remains at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
Burrows, a co-captain for the Norse, started every game last season and led the team with a batting average of .432 with 36 RBI. She was named the Norse Offensive Player of the Year, first team all-Iowa Conference and all-Midwest Region. She is also a two-time NFCA Scholar Athlete (3.5 GPA or higher).
Twenty-two returning NFCA All-Americans top the list, including six first-team honorees, seven second-team selections and nine from last year’s third team. The remaining 23 members of the group all earned first team NFCA All-Region recognition last season.
There are 22 seniors, 18 juniors and 10 sophomores in the group.
The list is a collaborative effort between the NFCA’s Division III Head Coaches and All-America committees. The list will subsequently be cut to 25, 10 and then the three finalists that will vie for the award.