Kansas, MO  (NAIA)  – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2021 Softball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Senior infielder/pitcher, Lauren Quirke of Southern Oregon has been named the NAIA Player of the Year and senior Emily Cerny of Science & Arts of Oklahoma is honored as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year. The All-America teams are comprised of First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention selections.

The University of Jamestown’s Kat Miska was named to the  NAIA Honorable Mention All-American status, along with VCS  Pitcher, Emily Smith.

Lauren Quirke had an amazing final year at Southern Oregon finishing the season ranked top five in different statistical categories including No. 1 in total hits with 101 on the year. Quirke is a two-time national champion, earning NAIA All-American second team in 2019 and 2020. She is also a two-time Cascade Conference first-team award winner. Last season she became just the 16th student-athlete in SOU history to earn a spot on any CoSIDA Academic All-America team. Quirke also earned the 2019 NAIA Softball World Series MVP as the Raider’s third baseman.

Emily Cerny graduates Science & Arts (Okla.) decorated with honors. The pitcher went the distance for the past four years for the Drovers. Cerny is a three-time First-Team All-American as well as the 2018 NAIA Pitcher of the Year. She finished the 2021 season No. 1 in total wins (34) and No. 1in total innings pitched (257.1). She is also ranked fourth in opp batting average (0.158) and hits allowed per 9 (3.67). Cerny also holds countless records in USAO softball program.

First Team

Name School Position
Emily Cerny Science & Arts of Oklahoma Pitcher
Gabby Sandoval Southern Oregon University Pitcher
Christie Betker Oklahoma City University Pitcher
Miranda Wehrle Indiana Wesleyan University Catcher
Allie Stines Southern Oregon University Catcher
Lauren Quirke Southern Oregon University Infielder
Alli Davis Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) Infielder
Makea-Al Kaluau Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Infielder
Maile Deutsch McPherson College Infielder
Kennedy Jackson Oklahoma City University Infielder
Kelli Gorman Central Methodist University (Mo.) Outfielder
Katie Cronin Milligan University (Tenn.) Outfielder
Kattie Popko Madonna University (Mich.) Outfielder
Taylor Eddy Faulkner University Outfielder
Miranda Southall Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) Utility
Lindy Alexander Oklahoma Wesleyan University Designated Player
Sarah Abramson Oregon Institute of Technology At-Large Pitcher
Annabelle Ramirez Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) At-Large Pitcher
Allison Golic St. Xavier University At-Large Pitcher
Shelbie Stotts Marian University (Ind.) At-Large Utility

Second Team 

Name School Position
Hannah Pals Grand View University (Iowa) Pitcher
Allie Puente Hope International University (Calif.) Pitcher
Casson Rassmussen Ottawa University (Kan.) Pitcher
Ryley Whitney Campbellsville University (Ky.) Catcher
Katlin Anders Midland University (Neb.) Catcher
Caitlyn Brisker University of Rio Grande (Ohio) Infielder
Maddie Sickau Cumberlands University (Ky.) Infielder
Savannah Ashford Science & Arts of Oklahoma Infielder
Allison Seats Central Baptist University (Ark.) Infielder
Piper Wagner Georgia Gwinnett College Infielder
Baleigh Loux Oklahoma City University Outfielder
Taylor Webb University of Rio Grande (Ohio) Outfielder
Ally Pickering Ottawa University (Kan.) Outfielder
Emily Prai Midland University (Neb.) Outfielder
Riley Donovan Southern Oregon University Utility
Skyler Mao Hope International University (Calif.) Designated Player
Keighlan Cronin Central Methodist University (Mo.) At-Large Pitcher
Haley Nations William Carey University (Miss.) At-Large Pitcher
Alyssa Wagner Indiana Wesleyan University At-Large Pitcher
Alexa Good Georgia Gwinnett College At-Large Pitcher


Honorable Mention

Name School Position
Melanie Alexander Bethel University (Tenn.) Outfielder
Payton Blades Campbellsville University (Ky.) Outfielder
Haley Loffer College of Idaho Infielder
Taylor Barnes Columbia College (Mo.) Outfielder
Lexi Dickerson Columbia College (Mo.) Pitcher
Jaya Allen Dickinson State University (N.D.) Pitcher
Ali Raley Evangel University (Mo.) Catcher
Brittany Adair Freed Hardeman University Pitcher
Melanie Okazaki Hope International University (Calif.) Infielder
Hannah Ogg Indiana University Southeast Pitcher
Kat Miska Jamestown University (N.D.) Pitcher
Katie Long Mid-America Christian University Pitcher
Roni Foote Midland University (Neb.) Infielder
Morgan Nixon Morningside University (Iowa) Infielder
Emma Burns Mount Marty University (S.D.) Infielder
Kaila Mick Oregon Institue of Technology Infielder
Hannah Shimek Southern Oregon Infielder
Lyda Robinson St. Xavier University Outfielder
Ariel Dailey Union College (Ky.) Utility
Emily Smith Valley City State University (N.D.) Pitcher