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Softball – Hot streak lands JCCC in the NJCAA’s top 10

04/03/14

Softball – Hot streak lands JCCC in the NJCAA’s top 10

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College softball program might be one of the hottest teams in the country right now, winning 17 of its last 18 games. That hot streak helped the Lady Cavaliers go from an unranked program two weeks ago to the No. 7 ranked Division II team in the country this week.  Johnson County also sits on top of the Kansas Jayhawk East Division.

Over the last week, Johnson County validated their ascent into the top 10 national rankings with two wins over No. 6 Cowley, two over No. 4 Highland, and a split with No. 9 Independence. 

“The great thing about the past six games we have played is not only that we went 5-1 against three nationally ranked teams in our conference, but we did it while not playing our best softball,” said head coach Aubree Brattin. “Our team is scrappy, and we are fighters. Four of our five wins were won in the seventh inning, and our girls fought back hard to earn us some exciting wins. However, we have a lot to improve on, and we are working hard to get better everyday. When we see those teams again, we will be an even better team.”

Brattin says her team’s success can be traced to how well the team is hitting and putting runs on the board.

Freshmen Sam Kreissler, Carly Campbell, Kelsey Brady and Hayden Roberts are four of the top hitters in the Johnson County lineup. Kreissler leads with 36 hits and a .450 average. She provided the heroics in the 4-3 win over Highland, registering a walk-off single to drive in the winning run. 

Campbell has 23 and is hitting .411.  Brady has 24 hits and is hitting .308, and Roberts is hitting at a .347 clip with 26 hits. Roberts recently had a season-high five RBI game in a 9-3 win over No. 6 Cowley.

“Our hitters are unstoppable right now,” Brattin said. “We are having quality at bats and forcing defenses to work hard to get us out.”

In the circle, sophomore Zoe Price is having another banner season and his shutting down hitters and producing outs.  An all-region performer last year, Price has 70 strikeouts in 85 innings and a WHIP of 1.08. 

Brattin is also getting some quality innings from her two freshman hurlers, Sydney Koch and Aldyn Wildey.

“We are just having fun playing the game we love right now,” said Brattin.

Johnson County looks to continue its hot play this weekend with road games at Cloud County, Friday afternoon, and Brown Mackie, Saturday. The team returns home next weekend to host Hutchinson on Friday, April 11, and Hesston, Saturday, April 12. First pitch is at 2 p.m. for both double headers.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.