LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has selected Heidelberg University catcher Mikaela Mitsch as an All-American – capping off an incredible season and career for the recent graduate. Mitsch, a second team selection, is the first player in program history to earn All-American honors.
This season, the McHenry, Illinois, native hit .464 with 40 RBI, six home runs and 17 doubles. She helped the Student Princes repeat as Ohio Athletic Conference tournament champions.
"I knew early in the recruiting process that Mikaela had All-American potential," said Head Coach Betsy Hada. "She evolved from a power-hitter into a complete player and team leader over her four years."
For her career, Mitsch holds Heidelberg records for home runs (29), RBIs (148), and doubles (48). She is the co-leader in career hits (201), sharing the crown with classmate Marissa Smego.
Mitsch may need to run to her local hardware store to purchase a new trophy shelf. The NFCA All-America honor comes two days after being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Additionally, Mitsch was Heidelberg's female recipient of the OAC's Clyde Lamb Award, First Team All-OAC, First Team NFCA All-Region, First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Academic All-OAC.
Mitsch is the only OAC player named an All-American – and one of just four players in the region to earn the honor this season. The NFCA All-America teams were announced at the Division III Championship banquet in Salem, Virginia.