Johnson County Community College
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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Softball - Lady Cavaliers win opener, top seed Jones County next


Softball - Lady Cavaliers win opener, top seed Jones County next

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –Johnson County Community College advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship with a 9-1 victory over Illinois Central College, yesterday at Traceway Park in Clinton, Miss. The Lady Cavaliers move on to face No. 1 ranked and No. 1 seed Jones County Junior College 4:30 p.m., EST, this afternoon.

The Lady Cavaliers scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break open a 4-1 game and force a run-rule shortened victory in their first round match. 

Megan Deiter allowed just one run on two hits and struck out five to notch her 22nd victory of the season.

Tied a 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, sophomore Taylor Kirk belted a two-run opposite field home run over the right center field wall to give Johnson County a lead they would not relinquish. Kirk now has 15 home runs and 51 RBI on the year.

Freshman Shay Tolbert also drove in two runs, and Tamara Hicks, Lonnie Groves, Madison Wegner and Halle Still each drove in a single run.

The Lady Cavaliers next opponent is ranked among leaders in the NJCAA in both pitching and hitting. In the circle, four of the Bobcats’ pitchers appear in the top-20 nationally in ERA, with three in the top-10. Haylee Morse is fourth with a 1.15 ERA, and has a 9-1 record. Karli Perque is 7th at 1.23. She also is 19-0 with 113 strikeouts. Amanda Holliday is 10th at 1.30, and Madison Burge is 19th with an ERA of 1.60.  Those two are a combined 21-1. These four are holding their opponents to a nation’s best average of .190.

At the plate, Jones County is just as impressive. They rank third in home runs (74), fourth in runs (499), fifth in RBI (419), sixth in average (.399) and seventh in steals (123).

They also have two of the top hitters in the country. Kelly Bryd ranks fifth with a .534 average and fourth in both home runs (17) and RBI (18). Close behind is Keisha Lofton at .511, and Autumn Frost is hitting at a .413 clip and ranks fifth with 79 runs driven in.

This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

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