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May 14, 2014

EMCC softball players honored

SCOOBA —  Headlined by Abby Roberts repeating as the MACJC North Division’s Best Defensive Player, seven East Mississippi Community College softball players have collected all-division honors for the 2014 campaign.  Released this week, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ All-North Division Softball Team was voted on by the division’s head softball coaches.

    A sophomore catcher by way of Clarkdale High School, Roberts garnered the Golden Glove Award for the second straight year as the Best Defensive Player among the MACJC’s seven North Division member schools.  Along with Roberts, East Mississippi also had Brooksville’s Corey Dawkins earn first-team all-division honors along with Louisiana native Pepper Baker.  Fellow Louisianan Halie Green was tabbed all-division second-team as a pitcher.

    In addition, EMCC sophomore right fielder Jade Albritton, along with freshman infielders Kristen Mitchell and Kasey Stanfield, received honorable mention recognition for the Lady Lions.

    Along with hitting .338 with 17 extra-base hits and 32 runs batted in as a 47-game starter this past year, Roberts fielded at a solid .971 clip as a sophomore with only eight errors in 277 total chances.  Having signed with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the two-year starter behind the plate batted .383 during her two EMCC seasons with 32 career extra-base hits and 61 RBIs.     

    Dawkins, who prepped at Pickens Academy, made this year’s MACJC All-North Division First Team after earning honorable mention status a season ago.  EMCC’s starting left fielder led the 2014 Lady Lions with her .395 batting average along with topping the club in runs scored (41) and stolen bases (13).  A two-year starter for the Lady Lions, Dawkins hit .366 for her EMCC career with 72 runs scored.

    As EMCC’s freshman center fielder, Baker batted .252 with 11 extra-base hits, including a grand slam.  A product of Hahnville High School near New Orleans, Baker ranked third on this year’s Lady Lion squad with 26 runs batted in.  

    A repeat all-division selection for the Lady Lions, Green was EMCC’s pitching ace as a sophomore with an 11-12 record, 3.15 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 142 innings pitched.  For her two seasons on the Scooba campus, the Lafayette, La., native was 17-17 in the circle with 24 complete-game performances in 28 career starts.

    Albritton, a product of Wayne County High School, led the Lady Lions with five home runs, 15 doubles and 41 runs batted in this past season.  Along with hitting .364 as a 41-game sophomore starter, she also posted a team-leading .628 slugging percentage.

    Mitchell, from Clarkdale High School, and Stanfield, of New Hope High School, batted .333 and .326, respectively, for the Lady Lions as collegiate rookies.  Stanfield, EMCC’s lone 48-game starter on the year, had 13 extra-base hits with 40 runs scored and 25 runs batted in.

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