June 28, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mizzou softball incoming freshmen Tori Finucane (Gemantown, Md.) and Casey Stangel (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) were recognized to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's High School All-America teams, the Association announced on Friday. Finucane earned a First Team nod at pitcher, while Stangel was slotted at the same position on the Second Team.
Finucane finished her career at Bishop O'Connell High School with a dominant senior season. The right-handed pitcher finished her final campaign with an exemplary 0.21 ERA, striking out 341 batters in 164.0 innings pitched for a 2.08 strikeout per inning average. Finucane was also on a higher level while at bat, hitting .554 with six home runs, 45 RBI and a 1.054 slugging percentage to lead her team to a Virginia Independent Schools State Championship.
Stangel did it all from the circle and the plate at Lake City High School in 2013. She pitched her squad to an undefeated, 28-0 season and Class 5A State Championship. A left-handed pitcher, she built a 0.73 ERA with 208 strikeouts in 143.0 innings of work, striking out batters at a clip of 1.45 per inning. Stangel was just as impressive while swinging a bat, posting an outstanding .640 average with 16 home runs, 65 RBI and an astute 1.393 slugging percentage.
National honors have come in at a continual rate for the future Tigers, with both earning NFCA High School All-America accolades earlier in their careers. Finucane was an NFCA First Team All-America pitcher in 2012, with Stangel taking an at-large pitcher slot on the Third Team. The duo were additionally MaxPreps All-Americans as juniors. Stangel was recently named the MaxPreps 2013 National Player of the Year.
The full NFCA High School All-America teams can be viewed here.
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