May 26, 2010
Decatur, Ala. - Shorter College seniors Tiffany Adams and Dandi Ammons and junior Libby Munson have been named to the 2010 NAIA Softball All-America team as announced by the NAIA late Wednesday afternoon.
Adams garnered a first team nod, Munson was named to the second team and Ammons to the honorable mention squad as Shorter placed three players on the All-America roster in the same season for the first time since 2008, when Munson, Kerry Hammond and Jessica Sanders all garnered All-American recognition.
"All three are very deserving of this honor," said Shorter head softball coach Melanie Carter, who guided the Lady Hawks to a program record 51 wins and a top-six finish at the NAIA Softball National Championship in 2010 - the best season in school history. "Each of them has worked so hard to get to this point. It says a lot about our team, that we are taking steps in the right direction in terms of what we have been able to accomplish."
The trio played a major role in Shorter's historic 2010 season, one that saw the Lady Hawks advance to the NAIA Softball National Championship for the fourth consecutive year, a four-year run that has included 195 wins against just 58 defeats.
Leading the way on the All-America list for the Lady Hawks was first-teamer Adams.
It was the first All-America honor for Adams, a native of Cecil, Ala., who enjoyed a career-year as the Lady Hawks' centerfielder. Adams led Shorter with a .406 batting average while hitting two homers and driving in 44 runs.
The speedy switch-hitter set new Shorter single-season records with 89 hits and 28 stolen bases - she was caught stealing just twice - while also tying the Lady Hawks' single-season record for triples with five. Her hit total ranked No. 7 in the NAIA while her 219 at-bats not only ranked second in the country, but also set another Shorter single-season record.
Adams added 11 doubles and, in addition to her stellar offensive numbers, garnered the SSAC's Gold Glove Award as the league's top outfielder.
She was a first team All-SSAC choice, marking the second time in as many seasons that Adams has earned All-SSAC accolades.
Ammons, another SSAC first team selection, was rock solid for the Lady Hawks for a second consecutive season behind the plate, establishing herself as arguably the best catcher in the country.
Ammons, who hails from Chelsea, Ala., boasted a .990 fielding percentage, tops among all SSAC backstops, and threw out 11 of the 13 stolen base attempts against her during the regular season.
Offensively, Ammons was just as effective, batting .369 with three home runs and 40 RBI. She hit seven doubles, struck out just 14 times in 179 at-bats and started every game behind the plate in her two seasons with the Lady Hawks.
Her 66 hits ranked fourth on the team.
Munson continued her outstanding career with a third straight All-America honor.
She hit .332, ranked second on the team with 48 RBI, led the Lady Hawks in doubles with 17 and ranked second on the roster in hits with 70.
Munson broke her own school records for wins and earned run average going 29-6 with a 0.82 ERA.
The Collins Hill High product fanned 206 batters while surrendering single-season record lows of 39 runs and 26 earned runs to opponents.
She tossed a school record 222.1 innings, 37 of which came at the national tournament during which, in six starts, she ranked No. 2 among all pitchers who had pitched at least three games with a 0.76 ERA. Her 37 innings in the circle led all pitchers at the national tournament while her four wins during Shorter's stay in Decatur also tied for the top mark.
For Carter, it was only fitting to see so many records fall during what proved to be a record season.
"You have to give all of the credit to the girls," Carter said. "We brought them to Shorter, but they have put in all of the hard work throughout their careers and I couldn't be more proud of them.
"I could go on about each of them for days."