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Annie Davila, Haley Downin, and Alyssa Velasquez Named First Team All-CACC for Wilmington Softball

Annie Davila, Haley Downin, and Alyssa Velasquez Named First Team All-CACC for Wilmington Softball

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference announced its All-CACC Teams today, just ahead of the beginning of postseason play, and the Wilmington University softball team place three Wildcats on the First Team.

Seniors Alyssa Velasquez (Indio, Calif./Palm Desert) and Annie Davila (Yorba Linda, Calif./Yorba Linda), as well as redshirt freshman Haley Downin (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) were all named First Team All-CACC.

Alyssa Velasquez was a Second Team All-CACC shortstop in 2019, earning First Team for the first time in her career. She finished the regular season fourth on the team with a .348 batting average, and was third on the team with 22 RBI. She's had seven multi-hit games on the year, including going 2-for-3 with a double and a grand slam on Senior Day against Dominican. She has a season high three hits in the season opener against USciences and again in game one against Goldey-Beacom.

Annie Davila set a new Wilmington single season program record with 10 homers, which leads the CACC, and is now the program's all-time leading home run queen with 22 thus far. She is fifth in the CACC with 29 RBI and fourth in the league with 69 total bases. She has a slash line of .351/.396/.734, with her average ranking third on the team and her .734 slugging percentage ranking sixth in the CACC. She was a First Team All-CACC and Second Team All-Region performer in 2018, but as a utility player, marking this year the first time she has earned All-CACC as a catcher.

Haley Downin is the First Team All-CACC Pitcher Utility player, leading the team with a .384 batting average and going 6-2 in 14 appearances in the circle. She turned into the team's second baseman and leadoff hitter, collecting a 14-game hitting streak in the middle of the season. She is 15th in the CACC with a .384 batting average, and ninth overall with 10 stolen bases. She is also ninth in the CACC with six wins for the Wildcats. She's had a season high three hits in four separate games, including back-to-back games at Post in which she hit 6-for-7 with her lone homer on the day. She had a season high seven strikeouts in a win over Dominican in her last start as well. In 49.1 innings pitcher, she has 36 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA.

Jefferson's freshman Emily Akelaitis was voted the CACC Player and Rookie of the Year while Georgian Court's Samantha Fohrman was named the CACC Pitcher of the Year. Her coach, Nicole Degenhardt, was named the CACC Coach of the Year in a vote of the league's sports information directors.


2021 CACC All-Conference Teams

First Team:
1B – Nicole Spiegelberg (Felician University)
2B – Taylor Mischler (Caldwell University)
3B – Alyssa Herrera (Georgian Court University)
SS – Alyssa Velasquez (Wilmington University)
C – Annie Davila (Wilmington University)

OF – Rajene Bowe (Dominican College)
OF – Jayda Jones (Georgian Court University)
OF – Gabrielle Simms (University of the Sciences)
P – Emily Akelaitis (Thomas Jefferson University)
P – Mariah Culver (Caldwell University)
P – Samantha Fohrman (Georgian Court University)
P – Mikayla Gilgert (Georgian Court University)
UTIL (Non-Pitcher) – Caitlyn Hughes (Georgian Court University)
UTIL (Pitcher) – Haley Downin (Wilmington University) 

Second Team:
1B – Taylor Barraza (Georgian Court University)
2B – Alyssa Schwalb (Dominican College)
3B – Elaina Hansen (Holy Family University) 
SS – Caitlin DeAngelis (Post University)
C – Adriana Mungo (Georgian Court University)
OF – Malaya Black (Georgian Court University)
OF – Kristin Miscia (Dominican College)
OF – Anyssia Ramirez (Caldwell University)
P – Bridget Betley (Post University)
P – Gianna DeLorenzo (Thomas Jefferson University)
P – Shelby Smith (Dominican College)
UTIL (Non-Pitcher) – Andrea Hester (Dominican College)
UTIL (Pitcher) – Ashley Remington (Holy Family University)
UTIL (Pitcher) – Danielle Walters (Bloomfield College)

2021 CACC Softball Player of the Year: Emily Akelaitis (Thomas Jefferson University)
2021 CACC Softball Pitcher of the Year: Samantha Fohrman (Georgian Court University)
2021 CACC Softball Rookie of the Year: Emily Akelaitis (Thomas Jefferson University)
2021 CACC Softball Coach of the Year: Nicole Degenhardt (Georgian Court University)