PINEVILLE, La. (LC Sports) - Louisiana College senior Shelby Bergeron has been named the fifth National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American in program history. She was selected to the NFCA All-American Second Team, joining LC pitching legend Rene Schwartzenberg as the only other player to garner a spot on the national second team.
Bergeron was the first player in program history to receive an All-West First Team spot this season. The Wildcats had 11 previous First Team All-Region players between 2004 and 2011 in the Atlantic Region. Her first team All-West selection gave her the chance to become the first softball All-American since the Wildcats had three in 2010.
“I’m extremely thankful for my time at Louisiana College,” Bergeron said. “I have been very blessed in my four years at LC. This program has gone through many trials, and this team has consistently remained motivated.
“Growing up I always considered myself just a softball player; however, it was not until my time at Louisiana College that I was taught my identity lies in Jesus Christ, alone. Above all, I hope my teammates learned the importance of being good people and consistently improve themselves on and off the field, whether that be softball, school, or life in general.
“Lastly, these four years wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, team, and coaches. I’m extremely thankful for the endless support I have received throughout this journey.”
She set the new single-season record for batting average, finishing at .462 on the year, with a team-high 55 hits and 36 runs scored. During the year she broke the school record for career stolen bases and became the first player to reach 100 steals in their career. She recorded her third straight season with 30 or more steals, swiping 34 bags on 39 attempts, the most on the team this year. She finished her career ranked in the top-10 all-time in five different offensive categories. She was fifth in runs scored (102), seventh in hits (150), fourth in career batting average (.361), fifth in triples (6), and first in steals (102).
“This is what Shelby is, she is an all-American,” Head Coach Barry Roberts said. “This is another example of a student-athlete paying attention to the small details. Without the small things, the big things like this don’t happen.
“Shelby is so deserving of this honor. But I know she would be the first to put credit where it needs to be, God, then her teammates, then all of her coaches along the way. The lesson learned here for young players is do everything in life to the very best of your ability. This is how you win prestigious awards like this. When one of us look good, we all look good!”
Her accomplishments off the field this season were just as impressive. She was named the Louisiana College Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor winner, earned her third straight Academic All-Conference honor, and the LC softball nominee for the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award.
“Shelby epitomizes what a student-athlete should be,” Athletic Director Reni Mason said. “She has been a winner on and off the field but most importantly she’s been a servant of God. I look forward to her being a game changer in life in leading people to Christ through her profession of choice.”
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