Softball finishes runner-up in district, sets record-breaking year in books

May 22, 2018

The 2018 Jackson College Jets softball team finished the season District I Runner-Up, falling to Lansing Community College in the final game of last week’s NJCAA Tournament.

This was the team’s most winning season, as the Jets broke previous season records at 33-11 overall. “This group did a tremendous job this year,” said Coach Jamie Vandenburgh. “They set a new program record for wins in a season, and we have the most players receive conference honors yet. Each sophomore played in just about every single game… they were the energy of the team, and their contributions were really what made us successful!

“Looking at next year, we have a solid group of freshman returning. The All-Freshman team consist of the nine top-voted freshmen, and we have five in the mix!”

Individual player accomplishments were recently announced:

 District I All-Tournament Team

  • Allison LaPoint, Pitcher. LaPoint went 3-0 in tournament play and struck out 13 batters.
  • Melanie Richardson, Shortstop. Richardsdon accounted for 24 outs in the field. She hit .400 with 8 hits, 6 RBIs and 1 HR
  • Autumn Johnson, Utility. Johnson hit .400 with 8 hits, 4 RBIs and 1 HR

Season Accolades

  • Brooke Garbarino, Utility. All Region, All-MCCAA Team, All-Conference 1st Team, All-Freshman Team. Garbarino finished the season with a .424 batting average, a league high of 56 RBIs (top 25 in the nation) and 4 home runs
  • Allison LaPoint, Pitcher. All Region, All-MCCAA Team, All-Conference 1st Team, All-Freshman Team. Finished the year with a 19-4 record and 148 strikeouts and a 2.138 ERA
  • Haley Rose, OF. All-Conference 1st Team, All-Freshman Team. Rose had a team-high batting average of .434 and team-high 4 3B’s.
  • Sabrina Sage, Outfield. All-Conference 2nd Team, All-Freshman Team. Sage had a .381 batting average, 51 hits and completed 103 team outs in the field.
  • Autumn Johnson, Utility. All-Conference 2nd Team, All-Freshman Team. Johnson led the team in home runs (5) and hit .388 on the season.
  • Kylee Cochrane, C/OF. All-Conference Honorable Mention. Cochrane caught and played left field. She hit .347 and scored 40 runs.
  • Melanie Richardson, Shortstop. All-Conference Honorable Mention. Richardson proved to be one of the best shortstops in the conference. She hit .374 on the year but most notably she accounted for 64 outs.