Three Lady Wildcats capture All-Region, All MACJC honors

            POPLARVILLE --- Three Pearl River Community College softball standouts have grabbed Region 23 and MACJC post-season honors for 2014.
            Freshman pitcher Rachel Hickman out of Poplarville High was named to the All-Region 23 team, while sophomore catcher Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High and sophomore shortstop Kaci Lantrip of Terry High were named to the All-MACJC squad.
            By far, Hickman was one of the top hurlers in the entire NJCAA finishing the season with a 21-10 mound record and accounting for a school-record 120 strikeouts, while boasting a team-best 2.53 earned run average. Hickman was also a mainstay at the plate, batting for a .237 average, while smashing four home runs and accounting for 16 RBIs.
            “Many of Rachel’s 10 losses can be attributed to our not giving her run support,” said 11th-year head coach Leigh White. “We’re just excited to have her coming back for 2015.
            Lewis, a two-year starter for White, is the only Lady Wildcat that will continue her softball career, as she has signed on the the William Carey University Lady Crusaders. In 2014, she batted a team-high .342 and 35 RBIs, while hitting four home runs.
            Lantrip, another two-year starter, led the team with eight home runs, including two grand slams, while batting .336 and driving in 33 runs. In addition, Lantrip had a super-impressive .912 fielding percentage.
            The 2014 Pearl River team finished with a 28-20 overall record and third place finishes in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments.
            “I can’t say enough about those three,” said White. “They’re all very worthy of the recognition.”
 
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