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May 16, 2014

ECCC’s Buckley named MACJC Softball Player of the Year

DECATUR — DECATUR — Ty Buckley’s success at the plate did not go unnoticed as the former East Central Community College fast-pitch softball standout was recently named MACJC Softball Player of the Year.

Buckley led the nation in home runs through most the 2014 campaign and finished tied with two other players with 20 round-trippers. She posted a .408 batting average and collected 66 RBIs in helping lead the Lady Diamond Warriors to the post- season playoff series en route to a 33-16 record.

Buckley also received NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors and is an NJCAA All-American nominee.

In addition, the former Neshoba Central High School standout was named the Lady Diamond Warriors’ most valuable player and received the Most Outstanding Offense Award.

Kristin Chaney, who completed her second year as head coach, said Buckley is obviously most deserving of all her honors.

“Ty is an outstanding young lady who has accomplished so much throughout her career here at EC,” Chaney said. “She has taken everything in stride and remained humble. I was very fortunate to coach a player with Ty’s athletic ability and also with her work ethic and personality. She is one of the greatest to ever come through this program. She definitely left her mark at EC and will definitely be missed.”

EC qualified for the post-season by finishing fourth in the MACJC South Division with a 17-11 mark. The Lady Diamond Warriors completed season action by dropping a best-of-three series to the home standing Itawamba Community College Lady Indians, the top seed in the MACJC North Division.

Members of Coach Chaney’s staff include graduate assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kacie Buckley.

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