Sigg, Wilkerson get top Jayhawk East honors

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May 21, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Freshman of the year in the Jayhawk Eastern Division. Jayhawk Eastern Division coach of the year. Six players earning conference honors.
Not a bad way to wrap up the best season of Allen County Community College softball since 1989. The only regret the 2010 Red Devils have is not having a deep run into postseason play.
“We had a great season and this group of players really worked hard in practices, in off-season workouts and throughout the season,” said Ed Wilkerson, ACCC head coach and the 2010 Jayhawk Eastern Division Coach of the Year.
“It was hard at regional meetings to see teams we’ve beaten playing in the regional tournament. I’ve very proud of what our team accomplished this season.”
Wilkerson just finished his fourth season as head coach at ACCC. During the 39-22 season, Wilkerson picked up his 400th career coaching win.
“I was an enjoyable group of players to coach this season. Our athletic ability and the talent level  was up overall,” Wilkerson said.
“I had good players and a strong assistant coach in Jamie (Amerine).”
Wilkerson guided the 2010 Red Devils to third place in the Jayhawk East, 21-5, and third in the Region VI, Division II, 25-5.
Jenna Sigg, a freshman from Iola, was named 2010 Jayhawk Eastern Division Freshman of the year by division coaches. Allen County’s third baseman led the entire Jayhawk Conference in home runs with 18. She finished third in the nation with home runs.
Sigg earned Jayhawk Eastern Division second-team honors as a third baseman. She was named to the All-Region VI, Division II District E first team at that position.
“It feels amazing to get the honor. I had good teammates hitting in front and behind me,” Sigg said, who was second on the team with a .398 batting average.
“One of the main factors in my play was that I played softball the whole year. It hasn’t been like high school where it’s just in the spring. In college, all I’m doing is playing softball. That helped a lot.”
Sigg was the team’s leader in stolen bases, 36 of 38, which was 13th best in the nation this season.
She also led the team and the conference in RBIs with 63, which was 18th best in the nation.
Sigg scored 55 runs and had 76 hits. She had 10 doubles and four triples.  She had a fielding percentage of .927 playing third base.
Two of Allen County’s eight sophomores earned 2010 All-Jayhawk Eastern Division first team honors. Shawna Blakesley, a second baseman from Iola, and Autumn Lamle, an outfielder from Cache, Okla.
Blakesley was the team’s leader at the plate with a .432 BA and a team-best 18 doubles. She had three triples and five home runs.
Blakesley scored 43 runs and drove in 33. She committed only 10 errors playing second base for the Red Devils.
Lamle powered out 11 home runs, which was second on the team and third in the conference. Her home run total ranked 18th in the nation.
Lamle hit at a .373 clip with 52 RBIs. She had 14 doubles and scored 27 runs. She played in all three outfield spots during the season but most of the games she patrolled right field.
Freshman Lenzie Boring of Humboldt made her mark on ACCC softball in 2010. She set a freshman single-season strikeout record with 235.
Boring earned All-Jayhawk East second-team honors as did her battery mate, freshman catcher Kylie Taylor of Iola.
Boring went 19-12 pitching for the Red Devils with a 1.97 earned run average (ERA). Her strikeout total was the 18th best in the NJCAA ranks this season.
Boring issued 49 walks and allowed 181 hits in 2062⁄3 innings of work.  At the plate, Boring hit .241 with eight RBIs, six doubles, two home runs. She scored 17 runs.
Taylor threw out nine base runners on 26 attempts and had four pickoffs. Wilkerson pointed out that teams did not run on the Red Devils like they did in 2009, when ACCC gave up 75 stolen bases.
Taylor hit .298 with 20 RBIs. She had six doubles and one home run.
Boring, Lamle and Blakesley joined Sigg on the All-Region VI, Division II District E first team.
Sophomore pitcher Brianne Campbell of Westmoreland earned Jayhawk Eastern Division honorable mention. Campbell was 17-9 with a 3.48 ERA. She had 66 strikeouts and issued only 21 walks.

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