JUCO 2019 Sophomore Hot 100 Rankings 90-81

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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.

2019 JUCO Sophomore Hot 100

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Courtney Fernette, UT | Rock Valley


A returning 1st team NJCAA all-American helping lead Rock Valley to their 5th straight NJCAA D3 National Championship. With 50 runs knocked in & 21 doubles, the top-ranked Golden Eagles are counting on her to help with the sixth crown in a row.

89

Sarah Middleton, P | Georgia Military (Coastal Georgia)


The right-handed throwing sophomore has been a constant presence for the Bulldogs. After a 21 win season a year ago and a 1st team all-Region nod, Middleton was named the 2019 GCAA Pitcher of the Year after posting 21 wins and a 1.83 ERA with 156 Ks. 

88

Alexis Hodapp, IF | Highland


The 5-foot-7 first baseman is the top RBI producer while averaging well over a .700 SLG% in her 2 years for coaches Heidi and Scott Jordan and the NJCAA D2 5th-ranked Scotties.

87

Abi Cole, IF | Bossier Parish


Transfer from Butler CC, the leadoff hitter can do it all for the Lady Cavs- speed (39 SB) and power (25 doubles/10 HR/55 RBI) Cole has been a perfect fit to help pace an always stout offense.

86

Cheyenne Nunez, OF | State College of Florida Manatee (USC Upstate)


Centerfielder & leader that has Manatee on the rise nationally. Leading the way in hits, runs scored and steals, Nunez was a 1st team all-Suncoast Conference selection and 2nd team Region 8 while leading her team to the FCSSA State Tournament- will no doubt excel at the next level.

85

Ashton Friend, P/OF | Cowley


Freshman of the Year in 2018 in Jayhawk Conference & 2nd Team NJCAA all-American, the Oklahoma native is once again leading the 19th ranked Tigers offensively with a .500BA and 12 HRS 19 doubles 49 RBI.

84

Kali Puppolo, P | Herkimer (Manhattan College)


Puppolo helped the Generals advance to the NJCAA D3 Championship game allowing just four earned runs while striking out 34 in 23 postseason IP. The returning 1st team all-American has 3rd-ranked Herkimer on the path to another championship run.

83

Karissa Marshall, C/OF | Northeast Oklahoma A&M


After a record-breaking season that saw Marshall garner NJCAA 2nd team AA honors, she is back helping lead the Lady Norse with her .406 BA 43 RBI and 9 HR along with being able to play multiple positions if needed.

82

Talyn McClafin, IF | Itasca


A returning 1st team AA and preseason FPN AA, McClafin has put up big-time numbers in her two years and has struck out just twice in her college career. Freshman year saw her finish with a .607BA/75RBI/11HR. So far she is hitting a .590 thru 33 with 9 HR & 48 RBI games. Solid numbers no matter what division you play.

81

Allie Dobbs, C | Taft (Cal State Bakersfield)


2018 1st team all-conference 1st team All-NorCal and 2019 1st team all-CCCAA State,  Dobbs is one of the top long ball hitters in the Cal JC ranks. Finished the season with 15 HR (27 in Taft career) and 45 RBI. 

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