Six Players Honored for Achievements
Several members of AACC Pioneers softball team, which was the runner-up in the national championship, have achieved national and regional honors.
Pitcher Elaine Nescio of Pasadena was named the national tournament’s outstanding defensive player and named to the 2012 NJCAA Division 3 Softball All American first team. She joined AACC catcher Darah LaMarsh of Pasadena and infielder Megan Kegley of Arnold on the national tournament team. Four players were named to the All-Region 20 First Team: sophomores LaMarsh and Nescio and freshmen infielders Shelby Smith of Glen Burnie and Janie Thrift of Severna Park.
Nescio led the MDJUCO with 370 strike-outs in 265.2 innings pitched and was the regional/district tournament MVP. She also ranked eighth in the conference for hitting and seventh in home run leaders. Nescio was listed second overall in individual pitching behind Kallie Lucas of Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk. Smith, an infielder and pitcher, was sixth, Arundel High School graduate and pitcher Elizabeth Cox was eighth and LaMarsh was 10th in the home run leaders ranking. Smith also ranked 10th in runs batted in.
The team won both the District and Regional titles to end its season with 39 wins and eight losses, second behind Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MDJUCO).The team, seeded third in the national tournament, lost the championship game to Gloucester Community College.