Norton, Warden among Pios All-NWC selections

Norton, Warden among Pios All-NWC selections

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had three chosen for All-Northwest Conference honors, the conference office announced on Tuesday. It is the third straight season under head coach Shawna Cyrus that the Pios have had multiple All-NWC First- or Second-Team selections.

Senior Ateisha Norton, who had a banner year to cap of her competitive career, was chosen All-NWC Second Team, as was sophomore teammate Frankie Warden. Paige Salavea, who is a former All-Region selection, was picked All-NWC Honorable Mention.

Norton was the team's leader in batting average with a career-best .385. In conference games, she hit .400 and drove in 20 of her 24 RBI this season. In addition to leading the team in RBI, Norton also hit a career-high seven home runs, which ranked fourth among NWC hitters. The multiple-time Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete also ranked among the top five in slugging percentage (.725) while also achieving a career-high .472 on-base percentage. Norton had two multi-home run games this past season.

In her second year with the Pios, Warden was among the conference's top eight in conference-only batting average (.412) on her way to an all-time best .372 overall average. She finished the year with a .417 on-base percentage and .483 slugging percentage, both the best of her first two seasons. Warden ranked second on the team in hitting and fourth in RBI (11) and had nine total extra-base hits including eight doubles. She also had a team-best 10 multi-hit games.

Salavea returned from missing the follow-up season to her All-Region year and finished with a .337 batting average. Her .346 average in conference games was among the top 21 in the NWC. With 11 stolen bases, Salavea nearly matched her career best of 13 from her sophomore season while striking out a career-low four times. She had five doubles and a .394 on-base percentage.

Lewis & Clark's three All-NWC selections this season are its most since 2014.

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