The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcat softball team continues to gain recognition.
Seven Lady Bobcats have been named either All-Region 23 or All-MACJC, heading into this week's NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Clinton.
Being named All-Region 23 are third baseman Bethany Volking, pitcher Samantha Buller, first baseman Karley Crosby, second baseman Makenzie Hawkins and catcher Brooke David. Being named All-MACJC are centerfielder Relanda McFarland and shortstop Kalyn McNabb.
The Lady Bobcats, the two-time MACJC state champions, are 42-8 and will face Lincoln Land Community College (28-25) at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Clinton's Traceway Park in the opening round of the World Series. The game will be webcast on www.jcjc.tv and on http://www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/broadcast_293466.html?silverlight=1
Volking, a sophomore from Enterprise, has a .408 batting average with two home runs and 45 RBIs. She has eight doubles and a team-leading 64 hits. She has a .454 on-base percentage, has scored 46 runs and only has struck out four times.
Buller, a freshman from Iowa, La., owns a 25-3 record with a 1.38 earned run average. She has pitched 157 innings, has allowed 101 hits, 31 earned runs, issued just 22 walks and has 128 strikeouts. She was named MACJC Pitcher of the Week for the weeks of March 18-24 and Feb. 25-March 3 and was the NJCAA Division II Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 25-March 3.
Crosby, a sophomore from Seminary, has a .357 batting average, with a team-leading 15 home runs. She has 46 RBIs, eight doubles and a .408 on-base percentage. She leads the team with 49 runs scored.
Hawkins, a freshman from Nettleton, leads the team in batting average at .421, runs batted in with 51, doubles with 12 and on-base percentage at .483. She also has nine home runs. She was named MACJC Player of the Week for the week of April 22-28.
David, a sophomore from Lake Charles, La., owns a .364 batting average with five home runs, 37 RBIs and a .442 on-base percentage. She has only struck out four times this year.
McFarland, a sophomore from Shubuta, owns a .387 batting average with one home run. She has scored 46 runs and has a team-high 23 stolen bases. She was named MACJC Player of the Week for the week of April 15-21.
McNabb, a redshirt freshman from Columbia, is hitting .310 with four home runs and 21 RBIs.