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OC Sports NJCAA Softball Players of the Week - April 11, 2012
 April 11, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dana Branch (Pitt CC, N.C.), Ashley Czechner (Chattanooga State CC, Tenn.), Amber Butenhoff (Orange CCC, N.Y.), Jordan Ray (Sussex CCC, N.J.) and Amanda McCormick (Middlesex CC, N.J.) have been named NJCAA Softball Players of the Week for games April 2-8.

Earning Player of the Week in Division I was Branch, while Czechner was named the division’s Pitcher of the Week. In Division II, both Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week were awarded to Butenhoff. Ray was the Division III Player of the Week and McCormick was tabbed Pitcher of the Week for the division.



DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dana Branch; Pitt Community College, N.C.
Left Field; Pactolus, N.C.; North Pitt High School

The Bulldogs won all four of their games last week, seeing Branch excel offensively. Branch was .750 (9-for-12) at the plate with five RBIs and five runs scored. In a 15-0 win over USC Salkehatchie (S.C.), Branch ended up a single short of hitting for the cycle. The freshman tallied two doubles, a triple and a home run on the week. Branch and the Bulldogs close out their regular season this weekend with a four-game series at Aiken Tech (S.C.).



DIVISION I PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Czechner; Chattanooga State Community College, Tenn.
Right-Handed Pitcher; Pawleys Island, S.C.; Waccamaw High School

Earning Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season, Czechner pitched two gems last week for the Tigers. In a 6-0 victory over No. 15 Volunteer State CC (Tenn.), Czechner dealt seven shutout innings highlighted by 15 strikeouts. The freshman followed up with 11 Ks and another seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win over Cleveland State CC (Tenn.). Czechner and the top-ranked Tigers host double-headers against Columbia State CC (Tenn.) Friday and Jackson State CC (Tenn.) Saturday.
 


DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK / PITCHER OF THE WEEK  
Amber Butenhoff; Orange County Community College, N.J.
Shortstop/Right-Handed Pitcher; Port Jervis, N.Y.; Port Jervis High School

Butenhoff became the first NJCAA softball player to earn both Player and Pitcher of the Week this season due to her dynamic efforts last week for the Colts. Offensively, Butenhoff batted .846 (11-for-13) with 14 RBIs and eight runs scored. The freshman belted three doubles, two triples and a homer on the week. On the mound, Butenhoff dealt 10 innings with no earned runs and 13 strikeouts. Orange County and Butenhoff will head to Columbia-Greene CC (N.Y.) Saturday for double-header action.



DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jordan Ray; Sussex County Community College, N.J.
First Base; Venice, Fla.; Venice High School

Leading the Skylanders into six challenging games last week, Ray proved that she could compete with the top teams in Division III. The freshman compiled a .769 (10-for-13) batting average, bringing home seven runs and scoring seven of her own. Ray doubled three times and drew three walks on the week. Sussex and Ray have a full itinerary to close out the week with six games against three opponents.



DIVISION III PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Amanda McCormick; Middlesex County College, N.J.
Pitcher; North Brunswick, N.J.; North Brunswick High School

Behind the arm of McCormick, the Colts secured two victories last week. McCormick allowed only one run in 12 innings of work, including the seven shutout innings she pitched in the Colts’ 5-0 win over Camden CC (N.J.). The freshman also recorded 10 strikeouts in her two outings. McCormick and the Colts hit the road Saturday for a double-header at Lehigh Carbon CC (Pa.).

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Softball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 26)
Division I Player: Jolene Graham (3B/SS) – Odessa College, Texas
Division I Pitcher: Ashley Czechner (RHP) – Chattanooga State CC, Tenn.
Division II Player: Megan Johnson (OF) – Phoenix College, Ariz.
Division II Pitcher: Casey Baddley (RHP) – Northwest Mississippi CC
Division III Player: None
Division III Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (Feb. 27 – March 4)
Division I Player: Cassie Boggs (OF) – Brevard CC, Fla.
Division I Pitcher: Estela Pinon (RHP) – Yavapai College, Ariz.
Division II Player: Morgan Allee (SS) – Iowa Central CC
Division II Pitcher: Catie Flaucher (RHP) – Kirkwood CC, Iowa
Division III Player: None
Division III Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 5-11)
Division I Player: Kristie Hoeffer (OF/2B) – Seminole SC of Florida
Division I Pitcher: Meagan Stover (RHP) – Gordon College, Ga.
Division II Player: Cassie Morrison (3B) – Kansas City Kansas CC
Division II Pitcher: Ashlyn Michalak (RHP) – Owens CC, Ohio
Division III Player: None
Division III Pitcher: Elaine Nescio (RHP) – Anne Arundel CC, Md.

Softball Players of the Week (March 12-18)
Division I Player: Shalie Day (C/3B) – Texarkana College, Texas
Division I Pitcher: Marina Contreras (RHP) – Pima CC, Ariz.
Division II Player: Morgan Allee (SS) – Iowa Central CC
Division II Pitcher: Catie Flaucher (RHP) – Kirkwood CC, Iowa
Division III Player: Brittany Kaltenberg (OF/C) – Madison College, Wisc.
Division III Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 19-25)
Division I Player: Jenna Bane (C) – Temple College, Texas
Division I Pitcher: Laura Downs (RHP) – Hillsborough CC, Fla.
Division II Player: Karley Crosby (1B) – Jones County JC, Miss.
Division II Pitcher: Ginger Lonergan (RHP) – Jones County JC, Miss.
Division III Player: Morgan Neel (SS) – Northampton CC, Pa.
Division III Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 26 – April 1)
Division I Player: Emery Fox (1B) – Western Oklahoma SC
Division I Pitcher: Mollie Hanson (RHP) – Shelton State CC, Ala.
Division II Player: Lysandra Gomez (UTL) – South Mountain CC, Ariz.
Division II Pitcher: Sarah Ray (RHP) – Phoenix College, Ariz.
Division III Player: Morgan Widener (C) – Middlesex CC, N.J.
Division III Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (April 2-8)
Division I Player: Dana Branch (LF) – Pitt CC, N.C.
Division I Pitcher: Ashley Czechner (RHP) – Chattanooga State CC, Tenn.
Division II Player: Amber Butenhoff (SS) – Orange CCC, N.Y.
Division II Pitcher: Amber Butenhoff (RHP) – Orange CCC, N.Y.
Division III Player: Jordan Ray (1B) – Sussex CCC, N.J.
Division III Pitcher: Amanda McCormick (P) – Middlesex CC, N.J.





























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