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Softball - Ten Lady Cavaliers earn all-district honors

05/11/17

Softball - Ten Lady Cavaliers earn all-district honors

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A record 10 Johnson County Community College softball players earned Region VI/District D honors for the 2017 season, and seven of those 10 also were selected as All-Kansas Jayhawk Division II Conference performers.

Seven Lady Cavaliers were named first-team all-region/district, and three were named to the second-team. First-team honors went to pitcher Megan Deiter, outfielder Sammi Bates, third baseman Taylor Kirk, shortstop Lonnie Groves, second baseman Tamara Hicks, utility player Courtney Nemechek and pitcher Halle Still. 

Catcher Madison Wegner and outfielders Bayleigh Nelson and Shay Tolbert were named second-team All-Region VI/District D.

Deiter, Bates, Groves, and Kirk also were placed on the all-conference first team. Hicks was a second-team pick and Nemechek and Still were honorable mention all-conference selections.

Deiter, who was selected the KJCCC D-II Pitcher of the Week four times during the season, was unanimous selection for MVP of the conference. She is just the sixth player in team history to be named MVP and first since Kelly Gartner in 2002. She is just the second pitcher at JCCC to be league MVP, joining Kristi Curry who won back-to-back years in 1997 and 1998.

Deiter has a record of 21-2 with an ERA of 1.46 and 231 strikeouts in 138.2 innings pitched. She also completed 19 of her 21 starts and has nine shutouts. Deiter leads all NJCAA pitdhers with a strikeout per game ratio of 11.66 and ranks third nationally with strikeouts and shutouts and fifth in wins. She also has recorded 14 double digit strikeout games and hurled a no-hitter.

Bates also was earned an extra distinction, earning the KJCCC Freshman of the Year award. She is fifth player at JCCC to earn top freshman honors, and second under head coach Aubree Brattin. Bates is batting a team-best .527 (59-for-112) with nine doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 34 RBI and 41 runs scored. She also leads the team in hits, triples and runs, and is second in doubles and RBI. Bates has 17 multi-hit game and eight multi-RBI games this season, and has a perfect fielding mark playing right field for the Lady Cavaliers.

Kirk, who is one of only three returning players from last season, is having an outstanding sophomore campaign. She is batting .347 (43-for-124) with 40 runs, seven doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 49 RBI … Her 14 home runs tie the fourth best season total in team history. She ranks 13th in the NJCAA and sixth in the conference in homers, and her 49 RBI are also sixth among conference players. Kirk has 11 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI games this year.

Groves, a transfer from Rockhurst University, has come in and taken charge in the middle of the infield. She has demonstrated a solid glove at shortstop, posting a fielding percentage of .944. At the plate, Groves is batting .382 (47-for-123) with a team-best 16 doubles, three home runs, 31 RBI and 25 runs scored. He 16 doubles rank fourth in the conference. Grove also has swiped 12 bases in 13 attempts.

Hicks, who is a transfer from Indian Hills Community College, has been key as the team’s lead-off hitter this year. She is batting .353 (41-for-116) with eight doubles, three triples, 16 RBI and 31 runs scored. She has also been successful on all 16 of her stolen base attempts. With her glove, Hicks has a .958 fielding percentage from second base.

Nemechek his batting .383 (44-for-115) with eight doubles, a triple, two home runs and 31 runs scored. She also his 8-for-8 in stolen bases and has committed only three errors in 77 fielding chances. Nemechek also has 14 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games.

Still, one of three JCCC veterans on the roster, has made 16 appearances in the circle, staring 11 times. She has seven complete games, two shutouts, a record of 9-2 with an ERA of 3.01 with 70 strikeouts. She won her first six decisions to open the season, and recently pitched the final three innings to preserve an 11-7 win against Highland in the District D title game. Still also has made 62 plate appearances, batting at a .262 clip with 13 runs, and 16 RBI.

Wegner, the team’s catcher, is hitting .294 (30-for-102) with seven doubles, a triple, a home run, 24 RBI and 23 runs scored.  She also has not committed a single error in 308 chances behind the plate this season.

Nelson is hitting .387 (41-for-106) with seven doubles, two triples, 15 RBI and 34 runs scored. She is second on the team batting average and third in runs. She also has 10 multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games.

Tolbert is hitting at a .349 clip (29-for-83) with two doubles, a triple, 11 RBI and 23 runs. She also has been solid with her glove in the outfield, committing just two errors in 30 chances.

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