Cougar softball, baseball players earn All-Nebraska nod

WNCC Sports Information

Western Nebraska Community College’s Michaela Kelly was named captain and eight other Cougar softball players earned placements on the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska JUCO team that was recently released.

Kelly, a sophomore third baseman was named the captain of the team after a strong season for the Cougars, who captured the Region IX championship over McCook Community College in May.

Four more Cougars earned First Team honors, including sophomore pitcher Emma McMillan and freshman pitcher Mickie Mills. Also garnering First Team honors were freshman catcher Bri George and freshman outfielder Emma Glawson.

The Cougars also placed four on honorable mention with infielders Lindsey Allie, a freshman from Tooele, Utah, and Hannah Baesler, a freshman from Thornton, Colorado, and outfielders Tylar Davis, a freshman from American Fork, Utah, and Abriana Ramirez, a sophomore from Arvada, Colorado.

Kelly’s sophomore season was one of consistency. The third baseman from Castle Rock, Colorado, was a mainstay in the lineup, batting .473 which included 79 hits, 18 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs, 75 RBI, and 67 runs scored.

In her two seasons at WNCC, Kelly hit .427 with 28 home runs, 34 doubles, 148 hits, 128 RBI, 106 runs scored all in 108 games. Kelly will be continuing her career at Marymount California University next year.

The other WNCC First Team selections also had standout years. McMillan, from Abbotsford, British Columbia, finished up her sophomore season with a 16-7 pitching record and a 3.57 ERA while striking out 95.

Mills was a dual threat for the Cougars. As a pitcher, the freshman from Spanish Fork, Utah, was 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA. At the plate she had 14 home runs and 47 RBI.

George, a freshman from Hooper, Utah, had a solid season behind the plate hitting .427 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI. Glawson, a freshman outfielder from Victoria, British Columbia, finished with 18 doubles, nine home runs, and 39 RBI. She, too, was also a pitcher while also playing centerfield.

Other members of the First Team included Ashton Gibson, a sophomore from Central Community College-Columbus, Emily Marsden, a sophomore from North Platte Community College, and Shae Muggridge, a sophomore from McCook Community College.

The other three infielders were all from North Platte in sophomore Hallei Morales at first base, freshman Kayleigh Bucio at second base, and sophomore Willow Chitty at short stop.

Outfielders included sophomore Chanel Siebenthal and sophomore Jerusha Miner both from McCook. McCook freshman Brooklyn Jensen was named the designated player while Southeast’s sophomore Alyz Gragg was named utility player.

Other players earning honorable mention besides the four Cougars were Central’s Alyssa Dockerty, and Shelby Behnk; McCook’s Emily Charchuk and Isabel Serna; North Platte’s: Mikayla Gibson, Megan Hernandez-Bellew, and Ashylnn Krueger; Northeast’s Maggie Berryman, Rosario Garcia, and Madison McKewon; and Southeast’s Katelynn Holliday, Kelsey Markey, and Morgan Parsons.

The WNCC baseball team was also well represented on the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska JUCO team that was recently released.

WNCC, who finished runner-up at the Region IX tournament in May, garnered eight individuals on the JUCO team. The Cougars placed four players on the first team with another four on honorable mention.

WNCC was led by sophomores Zach Berg and Brevin Owen on the first team along with freshman Dermot Fritsch and Ethan “Q” Miller.

Berg was listed as a pitcher that finished the season with a 2.57 earned run average with 57 strikeouts, while Owen earned honors at first base, where he batted .376 with 23 extra base hits, and 30 RBI.

Berg will be attending Ft. Hays State University next year while Owen has signed with Regis University.

The two players returning next season that earned first team recognition, Miller and Fritsch, had good seasons. Miller earned recognition as an outfielder while Fritsch was tabbed as a designated hitter, despite being the starting second baseman all year.

Miller finished is freshman year with a .270 batting average with seven home runs and 34 RBI. Fritsch batted .312 with five home runs, 36 RBI, and 39 runs scored this last season.

The four players who earned honorable mention accolades included sophomore pitchers Kale Litzelman and Hunter Parker, and catcher Mitch Osborne. The lone freshman to earn honorable mention was catcher Mikey Felton.

All three sophomores are headed to the four-year level next year. Litzelman signed to continue throwing at Division I Murray State next year while Berg is headed to Ft. Hays State. Osborne, who is playing for the Western Nebraska Pioneers this summer, still needs to decide on a college.

Northeast Community College, who made the NCAA Division II World Series led the way with six First Team selections.

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