San Antonio – As a freshman – a newcomer and a fresh face to a team – nothing is more valuable than recognition.

For St. Mary’s softball player Taylor Vidrine (Fr., San Antonio), her first season in collegiate play earned her a starting spot at first base and in left field that turned the heads of several in the Heartland Conference. And now, in the region as well.

The freshman was named to the NFCA All-Region Second Team selection as a utility player, it was announced this week.

Vidrine’s play could have easily gotten the attention of the NFCA as she was selected to the Heartland Conference All-Conference First Team as well as earned the Freshman of the Year award. Helping the Rattlers clinch the conference’s regular-season title and advance to the conference tournament, Vidrine excelled as the team’s new, strong force at the plate and in the field.

The All-Region selectee led the Rattlers in RBIs and home runs with 41 and 12, respectively. Vidrine pounded away for a .363 batting average on the season for 54 hits. Out of her 48 games played, Vidrine started 45, manning first base as well as the outfield. She committed just three errors on the season.

Her hitting and fielding abilities and her slick ease into the starting rotation of the Rattlers’ lineup got the freshman the recognition all new players need, represented in her selection to NFCA All-Region Second Team.

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