Donzella Named to All-Region Team

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Hard-hitting West Liberty University sophomore catcher Kat Donzella received another significant post-season award on Wednesday when she was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association (D2CCA) All-Atlantic Region Team.
The D2CCA is in its fourth year of sponsoring the All-Region awards, which are conducted annually by the region’s sports information directors. The Atlantic Region includes teams from the Mountain East Conference (MEC), the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) along with independents Bluefield State and Salem.
A sophomore catcher from Wheeling, W.Va. who started every game for the MEC champion Hilltoppers, Donzella was a first-team All-MEC selection earlier this month as one of the most feared sluggers in the conference.
She led the league with 16 home runs and a staggering 123 total bases while pounding out 60 hits – nearly half of which went for extra bases (11 doubles, 2 triples). She enters this weekend’s NCAA Division II Atlantic Region tournament hitting .349 with a .412 on-base percentage and an eye-popping .715 slugging percentage.
Donzella also ranked among the MEC leaders with 50 RBIs and is 12-for-13 on stolen base attempts. An outstanding defensive catcher, she has been charged with only two passed balls all season while gunning down 9-of-15 runners trying to steal and leading the Hilltoppers with a .987 fielding percentage.
Lock Haven (Pa.) ace Bekah Slattery was named Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year while the Atlantic Region Player of the Year honors went to Kutztown outfielder Sara Keeny.
Donzella and her West Liberty teammates are the host team for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region 1 Tournament at the WLU Softball Complex. The top-seeded Hilltoppers are scheduled to open the tournament Thursday at noon against No. 8 seed Lock Haven.
 
SOFTBALL
NCAA Division II
D2CCA 2019 All-Atlantic Region Team
Pitcher of the Year: Bekah Slattery, Lock Haven
Player of the Year: Sara Keeny, Kutztown 
FIRST TEAM
Pos
Name School
P
Reilly Gearhart West Chester
P
Bekah Slattery Lock Haven
P
Taylor Stocks Shepherd 
C
Heidi McCollester West Chester
1B
Kayla Cato Claflin
2B
Daijah Chambers Winston-Salem
SS
Sarah Ingerick Gannon
3B
Courtney Coy Shippensburg
OF
Olivia Jankowski Edinboro
OF
Tamara Jennings Kutztown
OF
Sara Keeny Kutztown
DP
Erica Davis Winston-Salem
UT
Danna Heh Edinboro
UT/P
Taylor Robblee California (Pa.)
SECOND TEAM
Pos
Name School
P
Hannah Absalom Fairmont State
P
Shaniya Thomas Claflin
P
Abby Wild Bloomsburg
C
KAT DONZELLA WEST LIBERTY
1B
Jenna Lipowski Kutztown
2B
Bri Garber West Chester
SS
Kylie Kent Concord
3B
Jenna Witt Concord
OF
LaKaylin Lee Claflin
OF
Paige Scruggs W.Va. State
OF
Destiny Snipes Winston-Salem
DP
Chaston Huntly Claflin
DP
Cheyenne Jones Kutztown
UT
Faith Willenbrock Millersville
UT/P
Lori Sturgill Shepherd

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