The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball players Josie Swafford and Mia Ruther to the 2019 Division II Softball All-American Team.
Swafford, a freshman from Wellston, Okla., was named to a pitching position on the first team and Ruther, a sophomore from Burlington, was named to an infield position, also on the first team.
Swafford led DMACC to a 52-8 season and a third-place finish in the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship with a 28-3 record and a 1.37 earned run average. She also recorded three saves on the season. Swafford pitched 193 and two-thirds innings, allowing 47 runs, 38 earned runs, on 108 hits. She struck out 261 batters, walked 52 and averaged 9.43 strikeouts per seven innings. Swafford finished third nationally in wins and strikeouts and fourth in ERA.
Swafford also played a key role for DMACC offensively, hitting .440 with a .510 on-base percentage and a .712 slugging percentage. She collected 55 hits in 125 at-bats, including 15 doubles, two triples and five home runs. She drove in 55 runs and scored 34 runs.
Swafford finished the season with a .939 fielding percentage with 34 putouts, 12 assists and three errors from 49 total chances.
Ruther led the Bears in hitting with a .580 average. She also had a .616 on-base percentage and a .715 slugging percentage. Ruther, who finished second nationally in hitting, had 112 hits in 193 at-bats, including 10 doubles, five triples and two home runs. She drove in 41 runs, scored 88 runs and stole 46 bases in 48 attempts. Ruther led NJCAA Division II in hits and runs.
Ruther's fielding percentage was .963 on 82 putouts, 73 assists and six errors in 161 total chances. She participated in a pair of double plays.