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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be recognizing the top sophomores from Junior Colleges across the country.
Last season, Chipola-alum pitcher Krystal Goodman was ranked No. 1 and went on to pitch for the University of Alabama who ended up winning the SEC regular season and was the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Division I tournament. Goodman holds a 1.10 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 76.1 innings pitched.
No. 2 ranked Molly Jacobsen finished off a stellar career at Des Moines Area went on to earn a starting spot for Ole Miss. Jacobsen currently holds a 1.97 ERA with 145.1 innings pitched leading the team with 142 strikeouts.
This season we celebrate the sophomore studs who will go on to make a huge impact at the next program.
Samantha Davis, P | ABAC
|Led the Fillies to the 2019 NJCAA National Tournament with 17 wins, a 1.34 ERA and 140Ks. Davis was a 1st team GCAA All-Region performer. The trip to the world series is a first for ABAC head coach and former Arizona Wildcat Jen Martinez.|
Katie Cheeseman, 2B | Chattanooga State CC
|Two-time all-region and a solid mainstay at second base for the 15th-ranked Tigers, the lefty-hitting Canadian has turned on the juice as of late, helping Chatt State win the TCCAA regular season and tournament title and earn a trip to Utah.|
Olivia Burns, P | Itawamba CC
|20-4 record with over 100Ks has the #10-ranked Indians in the hunt for another postseason berth. Mississippi Junior College softball has poured out some great athletes at the next level. Look for Burns to be another difference maker.|
Lulu Vasquez, P | Fullerton College
|Coming back off a redshirt 2018, Vasquez was the 2017 California State POY (29-0, 1.31 ERA) & NFCA AA leading Cypress to a CCCAA State Championship with a 48-0 record. Now a sophomore at Fullerton College she has tallied an 18-2, 1.55 ERA record while hitting a .363 with 5 HR 33 RBI.|
Maddie Mackey, 3B/SS | Heartland CC (Northern Illinois)
|Mackey has done it with both her glove & bat for the 14th ranked D2 Hawks. Hitting a .416 with 9 HR, 38 RBI & only 7 Ks in 137 plate appearances are going to be already good enough for postseason nods.|
Haley Haselden, P | USC Salkehatchie (Presbyterian College)
|Top pitcher for the Region X champs as she has her team a series win from the NJCAA Tournament. Haselden notched 15 wins with 230 Ks and was named 1st team all-Region.|
Jensen Howell, P/DP | LSUE
|Louisiana Tech transfer & former Louisiana prep Gatorade Player of the Year has made an immediate impact for the top-ranked Bengals. 18-3 on the mound with a 1.26 ERA & 126 KS plus .344 average with 28 RBIs at the plate rolling into the postseason.|
Katlyn Lloyd, OF | County College of Morris
|Handling the CF position for the second year, Lloyd is a returning 2nd team NJCAA D2 team AA and Region POY and recently names Region 19 POY for back to back years- 15HRS 51 RBI and 39SB along with over .493 BA & .920 SLG% makes her a threat on any level.|
Haley Johnston, 3B/UT | Phoenix College
|Returning 1st team NJCAA AA, the 6-foot-2 Johnston is a force both at the plate and in the infield. She has hit 14 HR and knocked in 60 RBI while leading the Bears in average (.466) and hits (69).|
Michele DiNicola, OF | SUNY Corning
|After a record-breaking FR season (17 HR, 80 RBI .526 BA) where she was named to three 1st team All-American lists, DiNicola continues to shine in year two- 13 HR 49 RBI .505 BA- no sophomore slump here.|