Sophomore Brynn Minor of Butler Community College (KS) has been named the 2017 Dudley® NJCAA DI Player of the Year after posting some of the top marks in the nation. Minor propelled the Grizzlies to their second consecutive national championship.
A force at both the plate and in the circle, Minor led the nation in slugging percentage with a 1.158 mark and went a perfect 13-0 with a 1.07 earned run average. Minor ranked second in the NJCAA with 30 home runs, 18 of those coming during a 30-game hitting streak midway through the season.
The Jayhawk Conference Most Valuable Player of the year, Minor was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team for the second consecutive season after hitting a record three home runs in the championship game.
The player of the year accolade adds on to a growing list of feats for Minor throughout her career at Butler. “Honestly, it still hasn’t hit me that we just won our second national championship,” Minor stated. “The fact that I received this award gives me reassurance that I chose the right school. I could not have been blessed with a better school, teammates, or coaches these past two years that put me in a phenomenal position to succeed.”
“It honestly doesn’t feel real that these past two years happened,” Minor added. “I never would have dreamed of only losing five games in two years with two national championships.”
Butler head coach Doug Chance applauded Minor’s contributions over the past two seasons that led to this year’s honor. “Brynn Minor is a coach’s dream. Not only does she drive in runs and give you clutch hits, but she is also the absolute best closer in the country. When we gave her the ball late in the game, we knew it was game over. Her smooth delivery deceived a lot of hitters as her explosive fastball and sweeping curve balls were on them quicker than they could expect.”
“Whether with her bat or in the circle, Brynn was always the one we wanted with the game on the line.”
Minor joins fellow teammate Regan Mergele to garner an individual accolade from the NJCAA. Mergele was named the 2017 Dudley® NJCAA DI Pitcher of the Year.
Minor, who graduated from Butler with a Liberal Arts degree, is undecided on her future school, but intends to study nutrition and dietetics at the next level.
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