Earlier this month, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), announced their All-American lists. For the first time in program history, the McPherson College softball team had not one, but two players recognized as All-Americans.
Jessie Jones, and Christie Betker were honored as All-Americans by the NAJA. Jones was on the second team, and Betker a second team. Jones was also recognized by the NFCA as a second team All-American. Both were also recognized by the NFCA as All-Region team selections.
Jones was the leadoff hitter for the Bulldogs and played centerfield. She had 173 at bats, and hit .468 for the season, with 81 hits including three doubles, one triple, and two home runs. She walked seven times and had just 11 strikeouts. She also stole 29 bases and was only caught stealing three times. In addition, she scored 48 runs, and had 15 RBIs. She was a first team All-KCAC selection, leading the conference in batting average (.468), hits (81) and stolen bases (29).
Betker was the KCAC Pitcher of the Year, and a first team All-KCAC selection. She finished the season with 173.2 innings pitched with 16 wins, 9 losses and three saves in 30 games played. Opponents hit just .210 against her, and she gave up a total of 48 runs, 36 of them earned, on 137 at bats, giving her an ERA of 1.45. She had 202 strikeouts on the year and allowed only 42 walks. She was the KCAC leader in earned run average (1.45), opponent batting average (.210), strikeouts (202), and hits allowed per game (5.52).
"We are extremely proud of Jessie, and Christie" Bulldog head coach Tony Segovia said. "This accomplishment is credit to all the hard work they have put in on and off the field. I don't think
people realize how hard it is to make All-American. Having both of them make it is extremely rewarding for McPherson College. Knowing both of them, they will give their teammates a lot of the credit as well. Can't say enough good things about these two great student athletes. We look forward to having them back next season."
Betker and Jones will be back next spring to lead a Bulldog team that won a share of the KCAC regular season championship this past season and lost just four players to graduation.