COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced the 2014 Softball All-America teams Wednesday, and former Creston all-stater Katlin Briley was named to the second team in Division II.
Briley, a two-year all-region shortstop for Des Moines Area Community College, was named as one of four infielders on the second unit. Iowa Central’s NiCole Dobernecker was a first-team selection in the infield along with Kirkwood outfielder Chasney Jenkins.
Kirkwood pitcher Shyanne Saladino joins Briley on the second unit from Region XI. There are no Iowa players on the third team.
Briley helped DMACC reach the 2014 NJCAA Division II National Championships where the Bears placed third. Briley was named the tournament’s Outstanding Defensive Player.
Briley had a .947 fielding percentage at shortstop this season, with only 10 errors in 189 total chances. She had 105 assists and 74 putouts.
Offensively she was a catalyst at the top of the DMACC lineup. The lefthanded slap hitter batted .439 with a team high 42 runs scored and five triples, and a team-low nine strikeouts among the starters in 187 at-bats.
She also belted four home runs and nine doubles with 26 RBIs from the leadoff position. Briley stole 11 bases in 12 attempts. DMACC finished with a 47-12 record.
Katlin is the daughter of Chad and Treana Briley of Creston. As a college All-American, she will join her father on the Creston High School Wall of Fame in the school commons.
Chad Briley was an All-American kick return specialist for the Drake University football team in 1992. Her aunt, Cari Briley, was an all-region outfielder for national champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Katlin Briley will continue her softball career next year at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City.
See the complete list of All-Americans in each division at: http://www.njcaa.org.