Red Devils host KCK in Region VI playoff

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April 29, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Allen County Community College’s 2010 Red Devils finished the regular season with the most wins by an ACCC softball team. They went 38-20 this season.
In 1989, Allen County went 37-7 in the regular season winning the Jayhawk Eastern Division title. That ACCC team was ranked third in the nation going into the Region VI tournament.
In 1988, the Red Devils finished 29-11 in regular season, winning the Jayhawk East then winning the Region VI tournament and taking fifth in the national tournament.
The 2010 Red Devils earned the No. 3 seed in the NJCAA Region VI, Division II playoffs. That puts the Red Devils in the District E Tournament.
Region VI is split into two seperate tournaments in Division II softball. Winners of the District E and the District D tournaments advance to the NJCAA Division II National Softball Tournament.
With the No. 3 seed, Allen County hosts Kansas City, Kan., Community College’s Blue Devils this weekend. In the opening round of the playoffs, teams play a best-of-three series at the higher seed’s field.
The Red Devils take on the Blue Devils (14-26) for two games Saturday and a third on Sunday if needed. The first game Saturday starts at 1 p.m. on the ACCC softball field.
Allen County’s freshman Lenzie Boring has set a school record for strikeouts by a freshman pitcher. She has 222 strikeouts which was better than ACCC All-American freshman Jeri Brummett’s 122 in 1988.
One thing to look at is junior college softball teams play more games now than in the 1980s. The 1988 ACCC team played only 40 regular season games when it finsihed fifth in the NJCAA Division I tournament.
Brummett came back as a sophomore and dominated, averaging almost 10 strikeouts a game. The Red Devils played 44 games and most of the 39 wins were with Brummett on the mound.
Boring is ranked 19th in the nation in strikeouts in Division II. She averages 1.13 strikeouts per inning. She is second in Region VI to Cowley County’s Ashley Spencer, who has 298 strikeouts.
Boring is 19-10 on the mound with an earned run average (ERA) of 1.97. Sophomore Brianne Campbell is 16-9 with a 3.64 ERA. Also pitching for ACCC is sophomore Amy McAfee, who is 3-1 and has one save.
Allen County has several of the hottest hitters in the conference on its team. Leading the way is sophomore Shawna Blakesley, who is hitting at a .434 clip. She has 33 RBIs plus leads the team in base hits with 53 and in doubles with 18.
Allen County freshman Jenna Sigg is ranked second in the nation with 18 home runs. Felicia Wilson of South Mountain Community College of Phoenix, Ariz., has 19.
Allen County’s Autumn Lamle, a sophomore, is ranked 12th on the home run list with 11. Sigg has a .388 batting average and Lamle is at .375.
Sigg is the team’s RBI leader with 62 and Lamle has 50 RBIs. That puts them 10th and 23rd in the nation, respectively.
Sigg stands 12th in the nation in the stolen base category. She is 33 of 34 attempts this season.
As a team, the Red Devils have a .314 batting average. They have scored 335 runs this season. They have 94 errors defensively.
Winners of this weekend’s playoff series advance to the Region VI District E Tournament at Two Rivers Youth Sports Complex in Wichita, May 7-8. The tournament is a double-elimination event.
The winner of the District E tournament goes to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 20-22 in Normal, Ill.

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