ST. GEORGE, Utah A pair of future Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball players had quite a weekend as they led their Yavapai Community College Roughriders team to the 2009 NJCAA Division I Women's Softball National Championship.
The future Islanders Brittany Tucker and Kacie Smith both had memorable weekends, with Smith being named the Outstanding Defensive Player and Tucker being named the Most Valuable Player of the NJCAA Tournament. Smith hit .400 during the tournament and drove in four RBI as well as accounting for three runs scored. Tucker was the tournament hero, as she belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of the national championship game against Wallace State Community College to give the Roughriders a 2-1 win and the program's first national title. Tucker batted .313 with four runs scored, one double, one home run and four RBI.
The pair signed with the Islanders and will be a key part of the team for the upcoming 2010 season. In addition to the pair from Yavapai College, fellow signee Caley Jeter from Blinn College performed well in the tournament, hitting .353 with five RBI while leading Blinn to a fourth-place finish in the nation.
All three players were Junior College All-Americans and will be a key part of the process that head coach Jake Schumann and his coaching staff has in place to build a consistent winner. With the addition of the three players and pitcher Alex Hutchinson, the 2009 All-Pacific Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year from Palomar Community College, the future of the Islander softball program under Schumann is in good hands and will continue to see improvement on the field.