Four Lady Wildcats grab post-season accolades

            POPLARVILLE — Four Pearl River Lady Wildcat softball standouts have earned post-season Region 23 or MACJC accolades for the 2013 season.
            Freshman catcher Kelsea Lewis and sophomore outfielder Whitney Waits were named to the All-Region team, while freshman infielder Emily Jackson and sophomore pitcher Brittany LeBlanc copped All-MACJC honors.
            Here are capsules on each All-Region 23 honoree:
KELSEA LEWIS — A Oak Grove High School recruit, Lewis led the Lady Wildcat squad in four offensive categories. Her .373 batting average was tied with Waits for highest on the team, while she led the squad with eight home runs, 53 RBIs, and 15 doubles. She boasted a .452 on-base percentage. Lewis was also impressive defensively with a .984 fielding percentage.

WHITNEY WAITS — An Oak Grove High School recruit, Waits was a two-year starter in center field for 11th-year head coach Leigh White and was solid as a rock at her defensive spot with a .915 fielding percentage. She sported an identical batting average with Lewis and led the team with 34 stolen bases (13th best in the nation among Division II programs), while driving in 18 runs with a .428 on-base percentage.

         Here are capsules on each All-MACJC honoree:
EMILY JACKSON — A Theodore High School alumnus in Mobile, Ala., Jackson started all 49 games for the Lady Wildcats at her third base position and boasted a Region 23-best .545 on-base percentage. She batted .336, hit five home runs, and drove in 40 runs. In addition, Jackson drew 39 base on balls during the 2013 season and had 12 doubles.

BRITTANY LEBLANC — A North Vermillion High School alumnus in Maurice, La.,
LeBlanc was The River’s pitching anchor in 2013. She sported a 14-12 win-loss record and 2.80 earned-run average, while striking out 116 batters in 152 innings. The opposition’s batting average was .242 against LeBlanc. She climaxed her sophomore campaign with a one-hit, 15-0 shutout (five innings) over Itawamba in the opening round of the MACJC State Tournament. LeBlanc was also a contributor on the offensive side with a .240 batting average, 15 RBIs, and one home run.
            Pearl River wrapped its season at 26-23 overall, finishing third in May 9-11's Region 23 Tournament at Traceway Park in Clinton.

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