The Jackson State women’s softball team enjoyed unprecedented success during their 2017 campaign. In addition to setting a program and school record for wins at 41, the team produced eight All Conference Academic performers in the classroom, two All Conference selections on the field and established the program as one of the top in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA). In addition, two sophomores signed scholarships Kyndal Riddick (Troy University) and Kristian Davis (Cumberland University).
Michael Winders, Jackson State’s head coach, is quick to point out those successes are the direct result of the work ethic that each player exhibited during the 2017 season, “As I look through our stat sheet from last year there is one thing that sticks out to me. No one on our roster played in every game, which is very unusual at this level. We did not have to depend on two or three players to win. Everyone contributed to our success. When someone had a bad game or series, another player was ready to step in and get the job done. When we had to deal with injuries, and we had plenty including the loss of our top pitcher, others stepped up and produced.”
While Winders is grateful for the success of a season ago, he is more interested in discussing the one starting today. “I’m very proud of our students and what we achieved as a team last year, but that doesn’t get us anything this year. Past success helps in recruiting and makes the off season a little more enjoyable. At the end of the day, the only thing on my mind and the minds of our players is what we want to achieve this year.” While he declined to make any predictions on how they would stack up against the rest of TCCAA, Winders was optimistic about the road ahead. “I think this roster has the opportunity to be the most offensive team we’ve had during my time here and our players have been really good about buying into the things we’ve asked them to do.”
Jackson State opens their 2018 season February 3rd vs. Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS.
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