Stories like this one don't always make the air, but they're good to hear about. ETBU shortstop Christy Shipley has been named to the 2006 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America team. She is one of just three players from the American Southwest Conference to make the squad.
The junior hit .404 with nine homers and 29 RBI this season. She was named to an at-large spot on the second-team. It's the second time in her career that the Longview native and former Pine Tree High School Lady Pirate has earned NFCA All-America honors, having been named to the 2004 team as a freshman.
The honor caps a record-setting year for Shipley, who earlier had been named ASC East Division Player of the Year for the second straight year and NFCA All-West Region for a third straight season. She set a new team record with 16 doubles this season and enters her senior year as the only player in Lady Tiger history with a career batting average of over .400.
Also this season, Shipley did not strike out in 163 official plate appearances and has a string of 177 straight trips to the plate without a strikeout dating back to April of 2005.
ASC champion Hardin-Simmons placed two players on the team, senior outfielder Nicole Cortez (first-team) and senior pitcher Arin Spence (second-team).
Information from this article was provided by ETBU.