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Softball - Johnson County ranked 5th in NJCAA Preseason Poll

02/02/18

Softball - Johnson County ranked 5th in NJCAA Preseason Poll

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College softball team is ranked No. 5 in the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Preseason Top 20 Poll, release by the NJCAA last week. The Lady Cavaliers are joined by two other Kansas Jayhawk Conference opponents in the top 20 rankings. Cowle College came in at No. 9, and Highland Community College is ranked 16th.

The Lady Cavaliers are in the preseason poll for a fourth straight year, and for the 23rd time since 1995. Their No. 5 ranking is their highest preseason position since give the fifth spot in the 2002 preseason rankings. This is the fifth time since 1995 Johnson County opens a season among the top-five nationally.

Head coach Aubree Brattiin returns eight players from a team that finished 35-7, won a Region/District title and finished fifth at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament in 2017.

Leading the group of returnees is outfielder Sammi Bates from Olathe South High School. Bates earned first-team All-Jayhawk Conference, All-Region VI/District B and NJCAA All-American honors last season. Bates batted a team-best .525 (63-for-120) with 10 doubles, seven triples, three home runs, 36 RBI and 44 runs. Her .525 batting average led the Jayhawk Conference and ranked seventh nationally.

Also back are all-region/district outfielders Bayleigh Neson (Ottawa) and Shay Tolbert (Truman)  and all-region/district catcher Madison Wegner (Silver Lake). Nelson batted .366 (41-for-112) with seven doubles, two triples, 17 RBI and 34 runs. She batted .352 in the playoffs.

Tolbert batted .359 (33-for-92) with four doubles, a triple, a home run 17 RBI and 24 runs and committed just two errors in 38 fielding chances. 

Wegner hit .306 (34-for-111) with seven doubles, a triple, a home run, 24 runs and 27 driven in. She was also outstanding behind the plate, committing juse one error in 311 fielding chances.

The other returning players are pitcher/utility Halle Brin (Olathe North); outfielder Teresa Dolan (Olathe South); outfielder/second baseman Tyler Kiriakos (Spring Hill); and pitcher/first baseman Abby Sweet (Chapman).

Johnson County will open the 2018 season in Fort Worth at the Cowtown Classic. The Lady Cavaliers take on Clarenton College on Feb. 16 in the first of five games on the weekend. JCCC will also face Ranger College, Galveston College, Odessa College and Angelina College at the Classic.  Johnson County will open conference play on March 6 at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and will face Allen Community College in their home opener on March 13.

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