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Chesapeake College's Wright an all-American

Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009


 

WYE MILLS – Jordan Wright, whose pitching and hitting helped carry Chesapeake College’s women’s softball team to the NJCAA Division II national tournament, has been named a second-team all-American.

Wright, a North Dorchester High graduate, was selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for inclusion on its Louisville Slugger all-American squad. The pitcher/outfielder finished fourth in the NJCAA Division II in hitting (.525) and 15th in stolen bases (29 of 30) as the Skipjacks won a school-record 23 games along with the Region XX championship.

"She put the numbers up and the World Series exposure probably put her over the top," Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes said of Wright’s selection. "It’s a well-deserved honor for Jordan, and it can only help us in recruiting and in assisting our players in finding four-year colleges."

Wright said her first reaction to hearing of her selection was "shock."

"I’m excited, and I’m looking forward to coming back next season," said Wright.

"It’s awesome for Jordan and her teammates," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski, noting the team’s overall play helped provide Wright with the chance to shine on a national stage. "It’s a great accomplishment for her to be recognized nationally."

The all-American selection is just the latest honor for Wright, who was also named to both the NFCA and NJCAA all-region first teams as well as the Region XX all-tournament team and the all-Maryland JuCo first team. She led Maryland JuCo in stolen bases and hits while also compiling a 10-5 record with a state-best three saves.

Hayes said Wright’s hot hitting in the national tournament– she hit .429 – and her performance in general against tough pitching were other factors that probably played into her all-American selection.

"She got two hits against the pitcher (Brianna Robles) from (top-ranked) Phoenix and she got two hits off the Lansing pitcher (Brianna Carpenter)," said Hayes, offering two examples of top-flight pitchers Wright hit against this season.

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