Royer, Marcano collect NFCA All-Region accolades

Royer, Marcano collect NFCA All-Region accolades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore infielder Ashley Royer and senior catcher Nina Marcano were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-Region softball teams on Monday.

Royer earned First Team All-Atlantic accolades. Royer was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District First Team and the All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Second Team earlier this month. Royer ranked fourth in the CAC in runs batted in (40), tied for eighth in home runs (4) and tied for ninth in doubles (10). She tallied a .495/.500/.796 batting split in 2017. Royer was named the NFCA Player of the Week on March 1 and the CAC Player of the Week on Feb. 27.

Marcano was a second team All-Atlantic honoree. Marcano led the CAC with 21 stolen bases. Marcano ranked third in the conference in RBIs (45), batting average (.452), tied for fourth in hits (57), tied for fifth in homers (6) and seventh in on-base percentage (.490). She was twice named the Fastpitch News National Player of the Week in 2017. Marcano holds Wesley career records in runs scored, hits, runs batted in, triples and stolen bases. She also has single-season records in triples, hits and runs batted in. Marcano was on the All-CAC Second Team in 2016.

"These are two very deserving recipients of the All-Region awards," head coach Juli Greep stated. "They are two of the most passionate, hard-working and dedicated players I've had the privilege of coaching.  As a senior, Nina's game knowledge, leadership and selfless play really proved to be a game-changer for us. Ashley is now a rising junior and we are very excited to continue to watch her develop. Ashley is a really special player with unlimited potential. They both shine as players on the field, but even more so as people in our community.  The future of the Wesley softball program is very bright."

It is the first time in program history that a pair of Wesley softball players were awarded with All-Region honors by the NFCA and the first time Wesley was represented on the NFCA All-Region teams since Ashlyn Booth made the first team in 2012.

Royer is now eligible for the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet on May 24 in Oklahoma City.