Lady Bobcats ink solid softball class
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-01-18 15:01:49
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Chris Robinson is impressed with his second recruiting class at Jones County Junior College.
“They are all different in their own way,” the second-year head coach of the Lady Bobcats said during a signing ceremony on Tuesday morning here in the Media Room of the C.L. Neill Student Center. “However, they are all very talented.”
JCJC inked six players to scholarships, including five from the school’s district.
Infielders Rebecca Dunn and Karley Crosby of Seminary, infielder Laken Singleton of Wayne County, infielder Lexus Griffith of Taylorsville and outfielder Relonda McFarland of Quitman signed with the Lady Bobcats, along with out-of-state catcher Brooke David of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La.
Each of those players brings something different to the table, according to Robinson.
“Rebecca is just a tremendous athlete,” he said. “She is someone that can come in and play multiple positions and that’s the type of player we are trying to recruit. She can play short or third and she could play in the outfield. Karley is a four-hole hitter. She hits with a lot of power. In our fall league camp, if someone made a mistake, she hurt them. She has a high slugging percentage and can get a lot of RBIs.
“Laken can play several different positions. She pitched in the 5A state championship series last year, which Wayne County won. She can play the corner infield positions at first or third. We noticed her as a sophomore and she has progressed since then. We are excited about Brooke. I went and saw her play and after I saw her swing one time, I knew she was someone we wanted.
“Lexus is a very athletic player. She is someone that can play up the middle at short or second and she can also play in the outfield. She can also run and we are looking for those types of athletes. Relonda is a difference-maker. She can run and play all three outfield positions. She is also a good basketball player.”
Robinson credited his assistant coaches, Bob Herrington and Brittany Pigott, with helping him not only with recruiting, but all aspects of the program.
“It’s a big change,” Robinson said of being the head coach, after serving as the team’s assistant coach for six years. “There is just a whole different realm to it. You are looking at practice schedules, recruiting and basically, you are the one calling the shots. I can’t say enough about Coach (Bob) Herrington, who was with us last year, and now we have Brittany Pigott, who has Division I experience at Southern Miss. I cannot do it without them.”
Robinson said the fact the Lady Bobcats will be playing in the new $2.8 million Community Bank Park is a major factor in the recruiting process. Last year, they had to play all of their home games at South Jones High School.
“We can’t thank South Jones enough for letting us come over there last year,” he said. “But with Community Bank Park, there is nothing like it. I will put it up against a lot of Division I schools in the state.”
Robinson expects the Lady Bobcats to sign some more prep standouts in the near future.
The Lady Bobcats will make their debut in the 266-seat, Community Bank Park at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 against Holmes Community College.
Tuesday’s signing special can be viewed at www.jcjc.tv.