The Appalachian State University softball team had four student-athletes earning North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division all-state honors. The Mountaineers garnered the second-most first-team honorees with two; they also had two second-team honorees.
Junior outfielder Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) and junior second baseman Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) were both honored as first-team selections.
Junior pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) and freshman shortstop Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) both earned second-team honors.
Heichen had a career year in 2014 and was selected as a Southern Conference first-team outfielder. She finished with career-highs in batting average (.333), total bases (51), slugging percentage (.347), on-base percentage (.368) and stolen bases (18). The 18 stolen bases gives her 48 for her career and places her eighth all-time in program history.
The Pembroke Pines, Fla. native, also reaped SoCon Player of the Week honors on April 14; she batted .650, going 13-20 at the plate. Heichen led the Mountaineers in average during league play. The junior outfielder also carried a 17-game hitting streak into the SoCon tournament---the longest hit streak in program history, which dates back to 2001.
Gomez had a great year at the plate, hitting a career-high .328. The Oxnard, CA., native drove in 11 runs---including her first career home run against Georgia Southern on April 6. Gomez hit .367 in conference play, which contributed to 12 multi-hit games and seven stolen bases.
Schoelkopf helped pace the pitching staff in 2014; she also averaged nearly a strikeout per inning ratio. The Sewell, N.J., native, tossed 97 innings with 95 strikeouts in 26 appearances. The 95 strikeouts place Schoelkopf fifth on the all-time strikeout list with 253 in two seasons as a Mountaineer. Schoelkopf made 16 starts and finished the year with a 3.68 earned-run average.
Parker was named to the SoCon all-freshman team after one of the best seasons for a freshman in program history. Parker finished the regular season with a team-high 10 homers, 29 RBIs, 28 runs, .659 slugging percentage and 19 walks all while hitting .326.
Photo Couirtesy: Cara Parker, App State Athletics