GEORGETOWN, Del.— Jenna Cahall of Laurel is Delaware Tech's first softball player to be named an NJCAA Division II First Team All-American.
"Her stats have been solid for two years," said Owens Campus head softball coach Wayne Price. "And the last two weekends of the season her bat got really hot. Nobody could get her out. And her defense was also stellar all year."
Cahall played offensively for the Delaware Technical Community College Campus Lady Roadrunners softball team last year, leading Region XIX players in individual hitting with an overall batting average of .545, leading the league in RBI with 51, tying for the most home runs with seven, and finishing second in on-base percentage at .576. Defensively, Cahall had the second-best fielding percentage at .986 with 209 put outs, eight assists, and three errors with a team record of 71-13 during Cahall's two seasons.
"I just wanted to be the best I could," Cahall said. "It was a good way to wrap up my whole career. I accomplished a lot, and the team accomplished a lot. I couldn't have won anything without my teammates and coaches who pushed me every day in practice."
Cahall wrapped the spring season with a return trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series with the Lady Roadrunners and was named Region XIX Player of the Year and First Team All-Region. She won second team in 2011.
Cahall has played softball since age 9 and now plans to focus on her nursing degree instead of sports. She said she feels lucky to have been able to play almost her entire softball career, including the last two years with the Roadrunners, with fellow Laurel players Stephanie Wheatley, Brooke Evans, Melissa Trout and Kelsey, Alexis, and Taylor Oliphant.
"It made the transition from high school to college better knowing I had friends on the team," Cahall said. "Being able to play with these girls I've played with basically my whole career made it really memorable. We just played every game like it was our last."
Other Owens Campus Division II All-American players included Kelsey Oliphant (2011 third team), Brittany Hood (2008 second team), Christy Lewis (2004 second team), Katie Couchman (2003 honorable mention), and Leah Conley (2001 second team).