The American Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced its all-region teams for Division III softball and senior outfielder Taylor VanDamme has been named to the second team.
It’s the third consecutive all-region selection for VanDamme, a graduate of Superior High School and a former Spartan standout. She was named AFCA All-Region first team in 2010 and AFCA All-Region third team in 2011. Last week VanDamme was named All-WIAC, also for the third straight year.
“Taylor is easily one of the best players in the conference and the region. She can do it all on the field and I’m happy that other coaches recognize all of the things that she does for our team and voted for her,” UWS coach Roger Plachta said. “She hits for power, average, steals bases and is great in the field. She was also a very strong leader for us.
“I just wish she would have gotten named to the first team because unless you do, you can’t be named All-American. I know I’m biased but I think she was deserving of the first team honor and a chance at being an All-American. She is one of the three best players that I have ever coached.”
VanDamme led the Yellowjackets in most offensive categories during her senior season, including batting average, at bats, runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage and stolen bases.
A total of 19 players from the WIAC were named to the three teams by the AFCA, including eight to the first team.