BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Sophomore infielder Mara
Johnson (Bemidji, Minn.) was named to the Second Team of the
North Central Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association
(NFCA) on Monday afternoon. The 2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA
Division II All-Region Team is split into eight separate regions,
the Great Lakes Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, North Central
Region, Northeast Region, South Region, South Atlantic Region,
South Central Region, and the West Region.
The all-region award is voted on by the coaches and is the first all-region award for University of Minnesota, Duluth transfer Mara Johnson.
Johnson, who was BSU’s sure-handed utility infielder, spent time at first base, second base, and third base while starting in all 38 games and amassing a team-leading batting average of .368. Her batting average ranked her fourth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Johnson also led the team in slugging percentage (.623) and on-base percentage (.417), while tying for the team lead in home runs (5) and hits (39). She ended the 2007 campaign second on the team in runs scored with 20 and third in RBI with 18. Johnson compiled a solid .957 fielding percentage, committing just four errors in 92 chances.
Johnson joined six other NSIC counterparts as a member of the North Central Region team. Erin Dickhausen (C, Southwest Minnesota State University), Andrea Brunskill (C, University of Mary), and Meghan Ward (2B, University of Mary) were chosen as first team representatives from the NSIC and Amanda Johnson (P, Southwest Minnesota State University), Amanda Wilhelm (2B, Winona State University), and Amanda Yurek (3B, Concordia University, St. Paul) joined Johnson on the second team.
Under first year head coach Shane Veenker, Bemidji State ended the 2007 season with a 10-28 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the NSIC.