By Tom Mauldin 6-14-2019
Corban’s Jessie Isham and College of Idaho’s Colette Robert highlight a long list of former Fastpitch Northwest players who completed impressive softball seasons last month.
Isham was named NAIA first team All-American batted .456 with 53 RBI, 32 extra base hits and slugged .794 as Corban (Salen, OR) finished 37-16. She transferred to Corban following her freshman season at Minnesota when she compiled a .294 batting average, a .900 fielding percentage, and a .429 on base percentage. She was a starter on the team that won the BIG 10 Championship in 2016.
Prior to Minnesota, Isham graduated from Sprague High School where as a senior she batted .657 with 15 doubles, nine home runs, and 32 RBI. She was named the Oregon Player of the Year award.
Robert, who is pitching professionally in Germany, earned All-American honorable mention honor after helping pitch the Coyotes to an NAIA regional round and a 40-win season..
Robert lead COI to the championship game of the Hattiesburg Bracket of the NAIA National Championships Opening Round and the season with a 23-7 record and a 1.39 ERA. She struck out 155 batters in 201 innings and held opposing batters to a .213 batting average. She closed her three-year career among the school’s top-5 all-time in innings pitched, wins, strikeouts, ERA and shutouts.
Prior to transferring to COI as a sophomore, Robert went 9-9 as a freshman at the University of New Mexico. Robert attended Mac-Hi in Milton-Freewater (OR) and pitched in three state title games, winning two.
Isham and Robert weren’t the only Fastpitch Northwest alums to post standout college seasons in 2019. Here’s a quick look at several others:
Carissa Burgess, who made a big impression as a seventh grader in her first Fastpitch Northwest college exposure event, was an instant success for Dixie State (St. George, UT) as she compiled a 23-5 record as a freshman. Burgess posted a 2.46 ERA in 159 innings as the Trailblazers ent 43-13. Before Dixie State, Burgess was a standout at Ellensburg High School (Ellensburg, WA).
Katie Wilfert, who was a four-year standout at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian (ID), was named to the All-Florida South Region second team. Wilfert batted .315 and drove in 31 runs as the Titans won 32 of 53 games. More importantly, Wilfert was 21-12 in the circle with a 2.95 ERA. She was among the national leaders in innings pitched with 206.
Lauren Richards, a three-year all-state 5A player from Pendleton (OR), had a big impact on Claremon-Mudd-Scripps as she was named the SCIAC newcomer of the year. As a freshman, Richards was 18-3 record and a posted a 2.45 ERA in the pitching circle. She won her first 10 collegiate decisions, before ending the year at 16-1. At the plate, she batted .270 with nine doubles and 22 runs batted in while playing both shortstop and third base when not in the circle.
Brandi Schoessler, who was named a Northwest Athletic Conference All-American as a sophomore in 2018, transferred to Saint Martins (Lacey, WA) for her final two years of college. She made an immediate impact being named Honorable Mention All-GNAC. Schoessler led the Saints in just about every pitching category, including wins (15), innings pitched (139.2), ERA (4.16), and complete games (9). The junior added 72 strikeouts on the campaign and two saves.
Savannah Egbert, former Connell (WA) standout, earned NCAA Division 2 postseason honors as a third baseman for Central Washington University. Egbert was named to the NFCA First Team as a third basemen. after batting .426 on the season with 78 hits and 26 stolen bases. She lead the GNAC in both hits and stolen bases. Egbert was a unanimous First Team All-GNAC selection.
Katie Kastning, who prepped at Coeur d’Alene (ID), batted .400 and drove in 45 runs for CWU and was named all-GNAC first team and led the conference with 15 doubles..
Maddie Mayer, was named GNAC Freshman of the Year in her first season at Western Oregon University. A former All-State player from Rex Putman (Portland, OR), was 12-4 with a 2.19 ERA in 112 innings pitched.
Makinlee Sellevold, who completed a stellar career at Western Washington University, was named to the NCAA All-West Region second team. For her senior season, Sellevold batted .311 and was WWU’s ace in the circle with a 16-12 record. In four years at WWU, she won 59 games. Prior to WWU, Sellevold was a standout for Cascade High (Everett, WA).
Kiahna Brown, who led the CCC in homers as a junior concluded her OIT career by hitting .352 with 17 doubles and 9 home runs. Her seven triples led the team, and is second all-time. Brown was a first team all-Cascade Conference selection and gold glove award winner earlier this season. She was also named NAIA All-Region second team.
Olivia Dean, who posted the NWAC’s third highest batting average (.531), was named an NWAC All-American. In 43 games, she homered 16 times, scored 76 times and drove in 78 runs. The Centralia Community College infielder was named the Washington High School 2A player of the year as a member of W.F. West (Chehalis, WA) in 2017.