The versatility of Dakota State Softball sophomore Xitlali Lopez has been recognized once again by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Lopez was named to the All-Region III Second Team for the second consecutive year, this time as a utility player.
Lopez smashed 7 home runs and collected 31 RBIs with a .364 batting average this season for the Trojans. Her presence was also felt in the pitcher’s circle with 14 complete games, 114 ⅓ innings pitched, and was named the NSAA Softball Gold Glove winner.
Lopez improves from last season’s All-Region Second Team At-Large bid and took home NSAA All-Conference First Team honors for the second straight year. Dakota State Softball was 9-35 overall and finished 6-21 in NSAA Conference games in 2019.
Below is the complete list of the NFCA NAIA All-Region III Second Team:
|2019 NFCA NAIA All-Region III Second Team|
|P||Kylie Doson||Oklahoma City|
|C||Jessie Isham||Corban (Ore.)|
|1B||Tayler Walker||Southern Oregon|
|2B||Hannah Shimek||Southern Oregon|
|3B||Morgan Nixon||Morningside (Iowa)|
|SS||Ellie Bliemeister||Bellevue (Neb.)|
|OF||Payton Carli||Arizona Christian|
|OF||Leilani San Pedro||Arizona Christian|
|OF||Olivia Mackey||Southern Oregon|
|UT||Xitlali Lopez||Dakota State (S.D.)|
|At-Large||Vanessa Dwyer||Vanguard (Calif.)|
|At-Large||Alexandra Stines||Southern Oregon|
|At-Large||Mariclea Egan||Bellevue (Neb.)|
|At-Large||Elsy Guzman||Arizona Christian|
|At-Large||Hallie Misiaszek||Morningside (Iowa)|
|At-Large||Christie Betker||McPherson (Kan.)|