Kellie Becher

Kellie BecherAthlete • Inducted 2007

Johnson County’s first two-time All-American in softball, Kellie Becher-Kessler owns a storied place in Lady Cavalier history. Becher-Kessler led JCCC to seventh and fourth place national finishes in 1991 and 1992 respectively. Her teams also won two conference and region championships. She won 44 games in her career, and pitched an amazing five no-hitters, and three perfect games. She was the first true power pitcher to come through the JCCC ranks, recording 443 career strikeouts. She ranked second nationally her sophomore year in strikeouts with 263 and earned run average at 0.53, both school records at the time. Becher-Kessler also was twice honored as an NFCA All-American, and was named as a first-team NJCAA All-Tournament player following the 1992 tournament. She also was named team MVP and selected the JCCC Female Athlete of the Year in 1992. At the conclusion of her stay at JCCC, Becher-Kessler had claimed 17 pitching records.

Becher-Kessler continued her career at Missouri State where she was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection her junior and senior years. Her senior year she was selected the MVC Player of the Year, becoming just the third in school history to earn that honor. She also was named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region team and voted Missouri State’s co-Outstanding Female Athlete. She holds single-season school records with 31 wins, 36 games started, 16 shutouts and tied for most complete games with 33. She is second on MSU’s single-season charts with 253.1 innings pitched and 262 strikeouts. Becher-Kessler is the only MSU pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters in the same day (4-1-94). She was inducted into Missouri State’s Hall of Fame in 2002.