College Softball

C-SC's Johnson earns All-American plaudits

Culver-Stockton College second-team All-American outfielder Avery Johnson
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 5, 2019 1:00 am Updated: Jun. 5, 2019 1:01 am

CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College senior softball standout Avery Johnson continues to add one honor after another.

Just days after being named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-region second team, Johnson was named an NAIA second-team All-American.

Johnson is the first C-SC player to earn All-America softball honors since pitcher Jessica Leenerts was named to the first team in 2001.

There were 20 players named to both the first and second teams.

Johnson, a Highland graduate who was the 2015 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, hit a team-leading .405 with 66 hits, 53 runs and 53 runs batted in. Among her 71 hits, Johnson had 14 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs. She also walked 20 times and stole a team-best 14 bases.

Johnson, who was named to the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference first team, did not commit an error on 80 chances this season, recording 75 putouts and five assists in center field.

C-SC first baseman Cassie Burris also was a second-team all-region selection. The senior batted .338 with 49 hits, 33 runs and 52 runs batted in. She had 13 doubles and 12 home runs.