Softball

Two rising sophomores from coach Jessica Karenke-Burke's Navarro Bulldogs softball team were selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Midwest Region Honor Teams. Third baseman Sarah Koeppen earned first-team recognition, and outfielder Jada Woolley claimed second-team honors. Koeppen and Woolley led Navarro in most individual offensive statistical categories during the 2019 spring season. Koeppen, with a .444/.506/.863 slash line, hit a team-high 18 home runs and led the club in runs-batted-in (58), runs scored (53), total bases (132), extra-base hits (28) and walks (18). Woolley, who earned an NJCAA Player of the Week award, slugged 11 home runs, drove in 41 runs and scored 32. She was second on the Bulldogs in total bases (103), extra-base hits (23), and walks (11). The NFCA Midwest Team is dominated by Region XIV players LINK:   NFCA Midwest Team...

Five members of the Navarro softball team earned Region XIV All-Eastern Conference honors. Freshmen first-team selections included third baseman Sarah Koeppen and outfielders Jessa Johnson and Jada Woolley. Second-team honors went to freshman shortstop Madison Pond and sophomore second baseman Kamryn Wells. Koeppen led the Bulldogs in eight offensive categories this season and ranked second in five others. She topped team statistics in home runs (18), runs-batted-in (58), hits (67), runs scored (52), walks (16), extra-base hits (28) and total bases (109) with a slash line of .444/.506/.863. Johnson shared the team's stolen-base leadership with 19 steals in 20 attempts, hitting .403 in 46 games. Woolley had the team's top individual slash line with .474/.519/.888 and won an NJCAA Player of The Week honor April 28. During a seven-game hitting streak that began April 19, she was 15-for-19 (.789) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. In that time, she walked six times and scored 10 runs. Pond batted.405, scored 41 runs and stole 19 bases. She hit safely in 38 of the 46 games in which she played and finished the season hitting safely in 12 of her final 13 contests. She was second on the club in hits (60) with...

DIAMOND NOTES that didn't make the weekend Twitter or Facebook baseball and softball coverage because of overlapping doubleheaders and time constraints. + The Bulldogs have played 21 games against 11 teams that received ranking this spring in the NJCAA Division I Softball Polls, including squads that were ranked 1-2-3 for four polling periods (Florida SouthWestern, Chipola, Tyler). NC also played single games against two ranked Division II opponents (LSU-Eunice and Iowa Central). + Second-game home runs Sunday by Carmen Acosta and Sarah Koeppen pushed the Bulldogs’ season total to 46, surpassing the 2005-06 team’s documented total of 44 amassed by nine different players. Six players – Koeppen, Woolley, Miranda, Davis, Acosta and Loper – account for NC’s 46 this spring. + The Bulldogs are 87.1 percent on steals this season (81-of-93). Second baseman Kamryn Wells is a perfect 10-of-10, while outfielder Jessa Johnson is 17-of-18. + Koeppen is tied for eighth place nationally in home runs with 18. She is one of three Texas junior college softball players listed in the Top 10. Howard shortstop Amanda Gonzalez leads the NJCAA with 26. Koeppen shares eighth place with Grayson leftfielder Jade Miller. Midland third baseman Yvonne Hernandez, with 17 home runs, is tied for 12th. +...

Navarro freshman Jada Woolley was named Wednesday by the NJCAA as its Division I Softball Player of the Week. Woolley was recognized for a weekly award in which she posted a slash line of .800/.850/1.600, but the Corsicana freshman's actually been on a longer tear than that. Woolley's blistering seven-game hit streak ended Sunday during Navarro's 17-15 Game 2 win against Paris. Since an April 19 doubleheader here against Northeast, she had hit a mind-boggling .789, going 15-for-19 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. She also walked six times, scored 10 runs and totaled 32 bases over the seven-game stretch as the Bulldogs continued to wage their battle for a Region XIV Tournament berth. During the streak, Woolley had four multi-hit games bringing her season total to 16.  She went 3-for-5 during the run-ruled doubleheader sweep here over Northeast, 7-for-8 in two games at Bossier Parish and 2-for 3 against Angelina here. Her season slash line of .474/.519./.888 tops the club.  She ranks second in home runs, walks and total bases and third in doubles, triples and runs-batted-in this season....

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Navarro middle-infielder Kamryn 'Kamo' Wells was named to the NFCA's NJCAA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Softball Team last weekend in Columbus, Ga. Wells went 11-for-19 (.579) at the plate during the five games.  She doubled twice, scored six runs and stole six bases for the Bulldogs against Wabash Valley, Tallahassee, Florida SouthWestern, and Seminole State College of Florida during the classic.  She had two hits in each of Navarro's first four games and wrapped with a 3-for-4 against Seminole State. Navarro (13-10) is scheduled to host Western Nebraska Community College (10-12) for a Thursday non-conference doubleheader.  The Bulldogs open the Region XIV East Zone campaign here Friday against Bossier Parish. Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team Amber Parker, Central Alabama Mia Ruther, Des Moines Area Rebeca Laudino, Florida SouthWestern State Hannah Poole, Gulf Coast State Sam McKee, Illinois Central Dawn Bodrug, Indian River State Kayla Collins, Jones County London Jackson, Kirkwood Taylor Hulett, Lansing Jensen Howell, LSU-Eunice Kamryn Wells, Navarro Makiya Giles, Northwest Florida State Paige Webster, Rock Valley Ashley Ramber, San Jacinto College-South Taylor Langworthy, Seminole State College of Florida Hailey McEldowney, SinclaIr Mirah Clark, Wabash Valley Mabry Norris, Wallace State...