May 6, 2014 > Trio named to All-CCAA Squad
Trio named to All-CCAA Squad
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Senior Chelsie Kakela, junior Kelsey LaVaute, and freshman Ali Cerminara were named to the 2014 All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Softball Team, announced on Friday, May 2, 2014. Kakela is the third player in Pioneer history to earn first team All-CCAA honors and the first since 2012.
ÒThey all turned in solid seasons and are deserving of the recognition. I am excited for what it means for our program and future,Ó said Cal State East Bay Head Coach Barbara Pierce.
Kakela, a native of Bainbridge Island, Wash., earned an at-large selection after starting in 52-of-53 games as the Pioneer designated player. Over the final 23 games of the season she hit .422 (27-for-64) with six home runs and 22 RBI. In conference play she tied for the league lead with 11 homers and posted a CCAA best .833 slugging percentage.
LaVaute, a newcomer to the Pioneers from Missoula, Mont., was named to the second team as an at-large selection. In conference play she led the league with 35 runs batted in, tied for third with 10 long balls, and ranked fifth with a .699 slugging percentage. The Cal State East Bay first baseman played in all 53 games and led the team with 45 RBI and seven stolen bases in 2014.
Cerminara, hailing from Phoenix, Ariz., earned a second team selection at catcher after appearing in 48-of-53 games this season. In CCAA play she ranked in the top 12 overall with seven home runs and a .554 slugging percentage. Cerminara led the league throwing out 11 base runners attempting to steal on her.
The only three players originally from outside the state of California to be named to the All-CCAA were Kakela, LaVaute and Cerminara. It is the third straight year the Pioneers have placed multiple players on the All-CCAA squad.
Cal State East Bay went 27-26, 18-18 CCAA and finished fifth in the final regular season league standings. The Pioneers posted their best result in league play and finished with a .500 record in CCAA for the first time since joining the CCAA in 2010.