Competing for national titles is but one tradition the Angelina College softball program has established since the arrival of coaches Mark and Barbi Mattson.
Landing players on All-American lists is another.
On Wednesday, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its annual list of All-Americans, and three Lady Roadrunners made their way to the list — giving the Mattsons a total of nine All-Americans in their six years at AC.
Nikki Whitehead, of Kingwood, capped her brilliant sophomore campaign with a 1st Team All-American nod. Whitehead’s batting averaged hovered around .500 for the majority of the 2019 season. She finished the year hitting .476 with 91 hits in 191 at-bats, 11 homers, 53 RBI, 70 runs scored and a .749 slugging percentage.
Earning 2nd Team honors was McKenna Fryar, the sophomore from Hardin who made the most of her one year as a Lady Roadrunner, having transferred from Texas State University. She completed her sophomore season with a 2.00 ERA in 147 innings pitched and earned All-Tournament honors in the NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament in St. George, Utah. Fryar struck out 157 hitters for a 7.48 K/7 innings ratio.
Freshman Kaylee Ancelot of Orangefield earned 3rd Team honors after leading the Lady ’Runners in homers with 15 — two shy of the single-season record — and RBIs with 65. Ancelot hit .443 with a .787 slugging percentage and also earned an All-Tournament nod following the national tournament.
Previous Lady Roadrunner All-Americans were Gia Johns and Kassie James (2014), James again in 2015, Taylor Davis in 2016 and Miranda Wiggins and Kaylee Parker in 2017.