Jets softball takes district championship; Vandenburgh named Coach of Year

May 17, 2022

Congratulations to the Jackson College Jets softball team on capturing the Great Lakes District A Softball Championship title Saturday!

The Jets were undefeated in the tourney, topping Kalamazoo Valley CC 8-0 in game 1, Muskegon CC 3-1 in game 2, Lansing CC 4-3 in game 5, and again facing Lansing in the final game, winning with a score of 8-0. The Jets advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championship in Oxford, AL, May 24-28. They are 20-8 in the MCCAA and 34-12 overall.

“I think the team went into the weekend with a little chip on their shoulder, having not secured a share of the conference championship and landing the no. 5 seed.” said coach Jamie Vandenburgh. “We took advantage of opportunities when we had them, and a couple timely big hits helped propel us forward.

“What I was most impressed with was their team camaraderie. They were excited for each other. Everyone had a part to play, a role, and they served those roles well.”

Thursday’s game against Muskegon went into extra innings. With the game tied 1-1 after seven innings, in the eighth they scored a run off a sacrificial fly by freshman Carolina Kern, with Muskegon called for obstruction at home plate. Next up, Emily Breslin singled to left field to score Kylee Yon.

In Friday’s winner’s bracket game against Lansing, the Jets went to the seventh inning tied 3-3. Kern led off the inning with a home run to center field, and the Jets held them at the bottom of the inning for the win.

Northwest High School graduate Danielle Louagie had the highest batting average on the team over the tournament at .600 and three hits. Stockbridge High graduate Emily Breslin earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors, throwing two complete shutouts. She also had five hits, two doubles, two home runs and seven runs batted in. Yon also added five hits including a triple, and Kate Leach and Kern each added four hits. Sophomore Brooklyn Barton, in her third year with the program, had a stellar tournament at shortstop – accounting for 21 outs! Vandenburgh received Coach of the Year honors.

“I am excited for the team to have this experience in Oxford, AL. It will help build the expectations for years to come… but also will be a fun experience,” Vandenburgh said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to continue playing this season!”

Emily Breslin

Carolina Kern

Ellie Greene

Kate Leach

Paige Thomson

Addison Hudson

Danielle Louagie

Danielle Louagie

Brooklyn Barton 

Kylee Yon

Jamie Vandenburgh, head coach

 

Those named to the All-Tournament Team from JC include

  • Most Valuable Player Emily Breslin, freshman, Stockbridge
  • Ellie Greene; freshman, Lapeer
  • Kate Leach; freshman, Jackson
  • Paige Thomson; freshman, Richmond
  • Coach of the Year, Jamie Vandenburgh

 2022 MCCAA Western Conference Softball Awards

All-Region

Addison Hudson; freshman, Monroe

Carolina Kern; freshman, Midland

All-MCCAA, First Team All-Conference

Addison Hudson; freshman, Monroe

Carolina Kern; freshman, Midland

Second Team All-Conference

Paige Thomson; freshman, Richmond

Emily Breslin; freshman, Stockbridge

Danielle Louagie; freshman, Jackson

Brooklyn Barton; sophomore, Monroe

Honorable All-Conference

Ellie Greene; freshman, Lapeer

Kylee Yon; sophomore, Goodrich

All-Freshman Team

Carolina Kern

Freshman of the Year: Carolina Kern

Coach of the Year: Jamie Vandenburgh

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