INDIANOLA, Iowa - Simpson softball players Tieryn Potratz and Veronica Roshek earned spots on the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region Teams, as announced by the association May 11.
To view the complete list of all-region selections, visit nfca.org.
Potratz, a sophomore shortstop from Fort Dodge, Iowa, landed on the first team as an at-large selection after posting record-setting power numbers in 2011. She hit .364 while setting Simpson single-season records with 16 home runs, 45 RBIs, 111 total bases and a .793 slugging percentage.
The right-handed Potratz doubled the single-season home run mark she tied as freshman in 2010 when she hit eight long balls. Potratz became Simpson's career home runs leader with 24, surpassing Michelle Montgomery's 13 from 2001-04. She also set the program single game records for home runs (3) and total bases (13) in Simpson's 16-1 over Rutgers-Camden on March 15. Potratz had three multi-home run games during the season, most recently hitting two in an 8-4 upset of No. 5 Central in the IIAC Tournament.
Potratz is the first Simpson player to be selected first team all-region since 2008.
Roshek, a junior outfielder from Urbandale, Iowa, landed on the third team as an at-large selection after posting the highest batting average by a Simpson player in three years. The left-handed slap-hitter hit .421 with 12 doubles, a home run and 14 RBIs. Her .480 on-base percentage led the team and her 56 hits are the fourth-most in school history.
Roshek led the team with 16 multi-hit games during the season and amassed a team-high 16-game hitting streak. She also had a good eye at the plate, coaxing 24 walks, tied for second most in school history. She currently has 60 career walks, tied for first in Simpson's all-time record books.
Simpson closed the 2011 season with a record of 24-18, finishing fourth in the Iowa Conference with an 8-8 record. The Storm advanced to the final day of the IIAC Tournament before losing to tournament runner-up and seventh-ranked Coe.