CALDWELL, NJ - After posting a 45-9 record this spring, the Caldwell College softball team reaped the rewards with seven of its players being named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Softball All-Star Team.
Caldwell’s first-teamers are juniors Kristen Knorr (Monroeville, NJ/Delsea Reg.) and Megan Fryday (San Marcos, CA/Mission Hills), and sophomores Caitlin McCready (Jupiter, FL/Dwyer), Amber Padilla (Chino, CA/Pomona Catholic) and Brielle Reighn (Runnemeade, NJ/Triton Reg.).
Senior Nicole Velardi (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) and junior Alyssa Calderon (Fontana, CA/Etiwanda) were selected to the second team.
Caldwell earned its seventh consecutive NCAA Division II regional and the team’s 10th bid in the last 11 years. Caldwell won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season title, captured the East Region 2 tournament and advanced to the East Super Regional for the first time in the program’s history. Earlier this week, the Cougars were ranked 14th in the final NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll.
Knorr batted .420 with a school-record 69 runs and a team-best seven homers to earn Daktronics All-America second team honors. Reighn joined Knorr on the Daktronics All-America second team and also made the NFCA All-America third team after batting .441 with 75 hits, 52 runs batted in and a school-record 25 doubles. An NFCA all-East Region second team honoree at shortstop, Fryday batted .413 with 64 hits, five home runs and 40 RBIs.
McCready is a two-time all-CACC centerfielder who earned all-Region honors after hitting .391 with 53 runs and 15 stolen bases. The CACC Pitcher of the Year, Padilla posted a 19-6 record and an earned run average of 1.98 to earn a spot on the NFCA and Daktronics all-East Region teams. Calderon recorded a team-leading 65 RBIs with 24 doubles, four triples, six homers and a .418 batting average. A three-time all-CACC performer in the outfield, Velardi closed out her career batting .346 with 12 doubles and 10 stolen bases as a senior.