June 26, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Three University of Notre Dame softball freshmen are set to begin their inaugural collegiate softball seasons after concluding their respective high school careers with a top national honor. On Thursday, catcher Maddie McCracken (Olathe, Kansas/Olathe North High School), pitcher Caitlyn Brooks (Burbank, California/Burbank High School) and infielder MK Bonamy (Birmingham, Alabama/Spain Park High School) were each named by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to 2015 NFCA High School All-America teams.
A second team NFCA All-America selection, McCracken batted .552 with five home runs, 29 RBI, a .690 on-base percentage, an .879 slugging percentage and 26 runs scored for Olathe North High School. McCracken qualified for All-America voting after being named to the NFCA South Central All-Region first team for the fourth consecutive year on June 19. McCracken completed her prep softball career as a four-time NFCA High School All-American (2012 third team, 2013-15 second team).
Brooks returned to the NFCA All-America third team for the second straight season after logging an 18-5 record in the circle and a career-low 0.66 ERA in 149.1 innings pitched for Burbank High School in 2015. Brooks limited opposing batters to a .139 average against, walking only 18 while striking out 264 hitters. She also passed the 80-win and 1,000-strikeout career plateaus in the circle during her senior campaign. An NFCA West All-Region first team selection, Brooks also batted .451 with five doubles, six home runs, 26 RBI and an .859 slugging percentage last season to earn the All-America nod.
Bonamy rounded out the honorees by being tabbed to the NFCA All-America third team for the first time in her career, batting .481 with 12 home runs, 55 RBI, a .550 on-base percentage and a .842 slugging percentage in 2015 for Spain Park High School. As a pitcher, she contributed 19 wins and a sub 2.60 ERA, earning NFCA South All-Region first team distinction for the second straight season. Bonamy also was recognized for stellar work in the classroom as a junior by being chosen as a 2014 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
McCracken, Brooks and Bonamy join infielder/utility player Melissa Rochford (Irvine, California/Mater Dei) and outfielder Ali Wester (Huntington Beach, California/Edison) as Notre Dame’s five-member class of 2019 that are eligible to play with the Irish beginning with exhibition contests this fall. The Notre Dame softball regular season will follow in February of 2016.
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