Four members of the Northwest Mississippi Community College softball team, including three from DeSoto County, were named to post-season honors by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, or MACJC.
Sophomore pitcher/infielder Tori Luke and freshman pitcher/infielder Harley Smith were named first-team All-MACJC, while sophomore infielder Sallie Rose Carver and sophomore outfielder Kailey Walker were recognized as honorable mention selections.
Smith and Walker are former Lake Cormorant softball players, while Carver prepped at Hernando High School.
Smith shook off a slow start to begin the season and finished 12-10 in the circle with 11 complete games and four shutouts in 143.2 innings of action. She struck out 104 batters against 14 walks, becoming just the sixth softball player to finish with 100-plus strikeouts in a season. At the plate, Smith hit .319 with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and 26 RBIs.
Carver hit .358 with a team-high 10 doubles and was second in RBIs (32) and runs scored (30) this season. She played in 73 contests during her two-year career (70 starts) and hit .336 with 18 career doubles, two triples, a home run and 43 RBIs. Carver also made 11 appearances in the circle for the Rangers, issuing 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work.
Walker led the Rangers in average (.410), runs scored (39), hits (50) and stolen bases (30) this season and leaves Northwest as the single-season and all-time leader in stolen bases. She played in 77 career games and earned the start in 69 contests, batting .401 with four doubles, two triples, a home run and 26 RBIs.
The year’s Northwest team made a return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, finishing 22-20 overall and 16-12 in the MACJC, good for fifth in the conference.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.