Here is a breakdown for the 2003 NPF All-Stars, a team of professional and collegiate standouts. The NPF All-Stars have won 11 of their first 14 games this season. As a team, the NPF All-Stars are hitting .340 with an earned run average of 0.77 and seven shutouts. The NPF has committed only six errors for a .984 fielding average.
COACH – Veteran Tim Kiernan is one of the nation’s winningest coaches in compiling an 814-134 (.859) mark over 16 years as the head coach at Sacramento City College. His teams claimed 15 league titles, three state championships and one national title. Kiernan coached 75 All-Americans and sent over 150 players to four-year universities. Kiernan also was an assistant coach for the 1999 Virginia Roadster of the former WPSL.
PITCHERS – Amy Kyler, Tarrah Beyster
·Amy Kyler is 7-2 and has allowed only seven earned runs in 60.2 innings for a 0.81 ERA. She has struck out 47.3 percent of the batters she has faced (95 of 201) with 17 walks and nine hit batters. Kyler is a former WPSL All-Star and the Cleveland State career leader in ERA, innings pitched, wins, winning percentage, games pitched and strikeouts. She has overcome diabetes to become one of the nation’s top pitchers.
·Tarrah Beyster has a 4-1 record with a 0.89 ERA for 30.1 innings pitched. She has struck out 18 and walked seven batters. She is also hitting .296 with eight hits, three doubles and two RBIs. Beyster is another collegiate standout who excels both on the mound and at the plate. Beyster left Oregon State as the school’s career leader not only innings pitched, wins and strike outs, but also RBIs, home runs and batting average.
CATCHERS – Lindsey Collins, Shauna Briggs
·Lindsey Collins has started 13 games with 14 hit, including four doubles, two home run, seven walks, eight RBIs and eight runs scored. Collins is a University of Arizona graduate, where she helped the Wildcats to the 2001 National Championship.
·Shauna Briggs has started one game and has also seen action at third base. She has a hit in five at-bats with four runs scored. Briggs was a second-team All-Big 12 performer in 2000 at Texas Tech after two seasons at Sacramento City College, where she was an All-State catcher in 1997 and All-State designated hitter in 1998.
INFIELDERS – Allison Andrade, Kara Brun, Jaime Foutch, Erika Hanson, Lisa
·Allison Andrade has seen action at both shortstop and third base. She is hitting .276 with eight hits, two RBIs in 10 starts with six runs scored and two stolen bases. Andrade is the third member of Arizona’s 2001 NCAA championship team, where she transferred after two successful seasons at Saratoga, California’s West Valley Junior College.
·Kara Brun has started all 14 games with action at both second base and shortstop. She is second in hitting with a .400 average with 18 hits, 10 runs scored, four doubles and nine RBIs. Brun, who was accepted Jason Garcia’s marriage proposal at home plate during the NPF game July 10 in Tempe, comes to NPF straight from Arizona State, where she recently finished her collegiate career. Brun leaves Tempe as the Sun Devils’ all-time career leader in home runs and runs batted in. One of 25 finalists’ for National Player of the Year honors in 2002, Brun earned All-PAC-10 honors throughout her career. Unfortunately, Brun will not be able to finish the All-Star tour in order to pursue her degree from Arizona State.
·Jaime Foutch has started all 14 games with action at both third and first base. She leads the team offensively with a .500 batting average and a .833 slugging percentage (35 total bases). Foutch has 21 hits, eight runs scored, five doubles, three home runs, 17 RBIs and eight walks. She has struck out only three times in 51 total at-bats this season. Foutch is a former WPSL veteran who played in the 2000 WPSL Championship Series as a member of the Ohio Pride, leading the league with five home runs and 13 RBI in 95 at-bats. Foutch is the only player in WPSL history to homer in her first professional at-bat. Foutch was also a three-time All-American, four-time All-Big 12 and three-time NCAA All-Midwest Region selection while at Oklahoma State. She finished her career the all-time school career leader in hits, doubles, home runs, runs scored, RBI and slugging percentage. Foutch could also see time at first base.
·Erika Hanson plays both first base and right field. She has eight hits, one double, seven runs scored and six RBIs. She has also walked six times and has not made an error in 58 chances (second best on the team behind Lindsey Collins (116 chances). Hanson was another member of the 2001 Arizona championship squad, where she batted .417 as the leadoff batter for the Wildcats. Hanson was also a NFCA Scholar-Athlete All-American.
·Lisa Iancin has started at second base seven times this season with eight hits in 21 at-bats with three runs scored. Iancin starred at Cal-Berkeley, earning NFCA First-Team All-Pacific Region honors in 1998 and 2000 and was named first-team All-PAC-10 as a senior. She has since moved to New York, where she’s training to join the New York City Fire Department.
OUTFIELDERS – Lauren Bauer, Danielle Cox, Venus Taylor
·Lauren Bauer has started 14 games in left field with a .350 batting average with 14 hits, eighth runs scored, two doubles, one home run and six RBIs. She was a member of the 2001 USA Blue Team that captured the gold medal at the Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela. Bauer was a key member, hitting .452 with three home runs and seven RBI and was selected to the All-Tournament team. Also competed with the 2001 Women’s Major National Championship Team and was a First-Team ASA All-American selection. All this came after a collegiate career that concluded in 2001 with a national championship at the University of Arizona.
·Danielle Cox has started 13 games in centerfield and is third in hitting at .395. She has 17 hits with one double, eight runs scored, five stolen bases and four RBIs. Another former WPSL All-Star, Cox played for the Georgia Pride in 1999 and the Akron Racers in 2000. At Akron, she led the WPSL with nine stolen bases and led the team in batting average, runs and stolen bases. Cox went pro after a stellar career at Florida State University. In 1999, Cox was a NCAA First-Team All-American, All-Southeast Region and All-ACC selection.
·Venus Taylor has started 12 games in right field. She has seven hits with six runs scored, one double and four RBIs. Taylor played four seasons of professional fastpitch, 1997-2000, including 1999 when she was a member of the WPSL champion Tampa Bay Firestix. Another collegiate standout, Taylor finished her career at Western Illinois first in career runs scored, second in stolen bases, fourth in career doubles and fifth in hits. Taylor, the 1997 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year, led the Westerwinds in batting average, hits, runs scored and stolen bases as a senior.
DESIGNATED HITTER – Scia Maumausolo
·Scia Maumausolo has seen action in 10 games with seven starts as the team’s designated hitter. She has five hits in 24 at-bats with two runs scored and five RBIs. Maumausolo is a former WPSL standout, where she starred after completing her career at Cal State Northridge, where she left as the all-time career leader in home runs and RBIs.