OGDEN – High-level recognition continues to pour in for the Wildcats.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its All-Region teams on Thursday, and senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger and freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern were each selected to the All-Midwest Region First Team. Saltern and Hingsberger are the first players in the eight-year history of the Wildcat program to earn First Team All-Region honors.
Additionally, junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling was named to the All-Midwest Region third team, giving the Wildcats three All-Region honorees for the first time in school history.
“These awards really show a lot about our entire team and how far our program has come,” Weber State coach Mary Kay Amicone said. “To be getting the national respect that these awards bring is a huge accomplishment for everyone involved in our program.
“These awards again really just speak to how far our program has come and we couldn't have done it without the support staff we have in the athletic department as well as these three student-athletes.”
Hingsberger, a native of Eagle, Idaho, is batting .341 with 61 hits and 53 RBI this season. She is Weber State's career home run and career RBI leader, and is second in career hits, doubles, and triples.
“Sara has really been an incredible leader and example for us and I couldn't be happier for her to go out with this kind of recognition,” Amicone said. “It is well deserved.”
Saltern, a native of Smithfield, Utah, is No. 2 in the nation in hits with 89, and is batting a school single-season record .455 this year, which ranks in the top 10 nationally, and is also No. 2 nationally in triples. She is also a Top 10 finalist for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year.
“To have a freshman like Bug get named to that team is really special. She has really followed in Sara's footsteps and learned a lot in her first year in the program.”
Bohling, a native of Salem, Utah, is 21-12 with a 2.65 ERA in 44 appearances spanning 208.2 innings. She has 141 strikeouts this season, the third-most in a single year in school history.
“I can't say enough about Kirty. She has been the backbone of our program for a couple years now. She is so tough in the circle for us and is making a huge impact not only on the field but off the field for our program.”
Saltern, Hingsberger, and Bohling are now eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division I All-American teams, which will be announced on May 31.