Courtesy of Elizabethtown, Moravian, and Scranton Athletic Communications
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NFCA is proud to announce the 364 players chosen for the 2019 NCAA Division III All-Region softball teams. The Landmarak Conference placed seven softball players across the threw teams.
All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. First team All-Region choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 22 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Tyler, Texas.
Emma Varrato | Elizabethtown | Third Team
Varrato continued to plug along at the plate, hitting over .400 for the third time in her career. Her average was the fourth-best in the Landmark (.424). The senior also ranked high in doubles (2nd), hits (3rd), and slugging percentage (3rd). She tied for sixth in homers and was eighth in OBP. Varrato finished with a career-high 17 doubles in 2019, the second-most in a season by an Elizabethtown batter in program history. Her 53 hits were the fourth-most in a single season. The team's top batter, Varrato concluded her career as one of E-town's all-time bests. During her four-year stint in a Blue Jays uniform, Varrato set the program's hits and doubles records, each coming as a senior this past season.
Maddisen Bieber | Moravian | Second Team
Bieber, who was also selected as the 2019 Landmark Conference Player of the Year and to the Landmark All-Conference First Team, led the Greyhounds with a .487 batting average this spring to go with 58 hits, 33 runs, 10 doubles, one home run, 19 RBIs, a .531 on-base percentage and a .597 slugging percentage. She also had 65 putouts and 112 assists in the field this spring. Bieber was an at-large selection on the All-Region Second Team.
Alex Scheeler | Moravian | Second Team
Scheeler, who was named the 2019 Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year and to the All-Conference Second Team as a utility player, hit .474 in her debut season with 54 hits, 21 runs, 14 doubles, a triple, a homer and 37 RBIs, and she was also 12-4 in the circle with a 2.21 ERA, two shutouts and 39 strikeouts in 107.2 innings. Scheeler was selected to the All-Region squad at the utility position.
Paige Lesher | Moravian | Third Team
Lesher, who was the 2019 Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year and an All-Conference First Team honoree, posted a 16-1 mark in the circle this spring in her first year as a starting pitcher. Lesher posted a 1.56 ERA to go with three shutouts, 34 strikeouts in 103 innings of action.
Brook Wehr | Moravian | Third Team
Wehr, who made the All-Atlantic Region Third Team for the second consecutive spring, posted a .385 average, 52 hits, 44 runs, seven doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 30 RBIs while missing the Landmark Conference Tournament due to an injury. Wehr, who made the Landmark All-Conference First Team as a catcher in 2019 and an outfielder in 2018, and Lesher were both at-large selections to the All-Region Third Team which is made up of the top remaining 15 players receiving votes after the First and Second Teams are determined.
Megan Zinn | Scranton | First Team
Breaking both the Landmark Conference and Scranton program record for hits with 51, Zinn ended the Spring batting .459, while also breaking the school record for doubles in a season with 21. Scoring 51 runs and recording 43 RBI, Zinn ended the season ranked fourth nationally in hits and doubles, while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, as well. Overall, Zinn recorded a hit 45 of 50 games on the year and at one point during the year was riding a 20-game hitting streak. In 157 at-bats, Zinn struck out just five times, posting a .485 on-base percentage and a .624 slugging percentage throughout the season.
Jennifer Sweeney | Scranton | Third Team
Sweeney, meanwhile, picked up where she left off in 2018 this season, contributing at both the plate and in the pitching circle. At the plate, Sweeney led the Landmark Conference in RBI with 46, while smacking 11 doubles and eight home runs. With 52 total hits, Sweeney also scored 31 runs on the season, the second straight campaign in which she has hit that number. In the pitching circle, Sweeney went 14-8, leading the Landmark in both complete games (19) and strikeouts (111). With a 2.79 ERA, Sweeney struck out almost five batters per seven innings on the year (4.91) on the year, as well.