Jones County Community College (MS) sophomore Kelly Byrd has been named the 2017 Dudley® NJCAA DII Softball Player of the Year. Byrd and the Bobcats finished the season with a 55-4 record and reached the national championship game.
Byrd dominated opposing pitchers on the year with a .492 batting average. The Terry, MS native ranked seventh in the nation with a .916 slugging percentage and finished fourth with 19 home runs. Byrd’s ability to drive in runs helped the Bobcats score 570 runs on the season, third-most among all NJCAA DII teams.
Byrd joined fellow teammate Karli Perque to receive individual postseason recognition after Perque was named the NJCAA DII Softball Player of the Year.
“We are so honored that Karli and Kelly have been named NJCAA Division II Pitcher and Player of the Year,” exclaimed Jones County head coach Chris Robinson. “What a tremendous accomplishment for both of these young ladies and our program. Kelly is one of the best competitors I have had the pleasure of coaching. She has been a consistent defender at third base and has been a force offensively for the past two seasons.”
Robinson continued to praise the dedication brought to the program from both Byrd and Perque. “While their stats are what got them the awards, their impact on our program, both on and off the field is what makes them the individuals they are. Two terrific kids that bought into our program and will be great ambassadors for Jones County Junior College.”
Byrd will move on to Delta State University next season to continue her athletic and academic career with the Lady Statesmen.
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