Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516
The Rock Valley College softball team set a program record for wins a single season with 42 and won the program's first ever NJCAA championship. Now three Golden Eagles have been honored by the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) as All-Americans.
Amanda Blankenship and Danielle Walker have been named to the first team, while Kaytee Keefe has been named to the second team.
Blankenship, a sophomore from Belvidere North High School, was essentially unhittable in the national tournament en route to winning NJCAA tournament MVP and Pitcher of the Tournament. She picked up all four wins in the Golden Eagles' run to the national championship, going 4-0 in three starts with a 0.30 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings pitched.
For the season Blankenship went 21-5 with a 1.97 ERA in 34 games, while striking out 241 hitters in 181 innings pitched. She was 8-0 in conference play with a 1.38 ERA in 12 games on her way to earning first team All-Conference and N4C MVP honors. She was also named first team All-Region for NJCAA Region IV and was named NJCAA Division III Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weeks in April.
While Blankenship was a terror on the mound, Walker, a sophomore short stop from Rockford Guilford High School, did her damage at the plate all season long. She finished the season with a .503 batting average, collecting 86 hits in 51 games, including 10 home runs, 82 runs batted in, and 63 runs scored to lead RVC in each of those five categories. She was a first team All-Conference and a first team All-Region selection, and was selected to the NJCAA All-tournament Team.
Keefe, a freshman first baseman from Antioch High school, was a first team All-Region selection and a member of the NJCAA All-tournament Team and finished second to Walker on the team in batting average (.462) and hits (72).