Former Oakdale High School multisport standout, Hanna Holland, is off to a great start for the Humboldt State Jacks softball team. Holland, entering her sophomore season, is coming off a big freshman season for the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) School. As a freshman, Holland was named to the All-CCAA second team and was a finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Freshman of the Year award. Her numbers were among tops in her class as she hit four home runs, had a batting average of .348, stole a conference high 48 bases, reached base safely in 55 straight games and racked up 25 RBI for the Jacks in her 60 starts.
This season, the 13th ranked Jacks are off to a 5-1-1 start, including a 4-1 victory over second ranked Dixie State early in the season. The outfielder is currently batting .381 with 11 stolen bases and holds a .500 on base percentage. Her fielding also has been flawless where she has zero errors at her time at Humboldt State University.
Holland was recently named as a finalist to the watch list for the NFCA/SCHUTT Sports Division II National Player of the Year. Fifty players from across the nation have been selected from 37 programs in 18 different conferences; 24 seniors, 14 juniors and 12 sophomores make up the list of deserving players. The list will be cut down to the top 25 on April 21, top 10 will be announced on May 6, top three finalists will be unveiled on May 11. The 2016 Player of the Year will be announced on May 18.