ICC's Springfield gets honor
FULTON – Itawamba Community College pitcher and infielder Bailie Springfield added another accolade to cap her outstanding sophomore season when she earned a spot on the National Junior College Athletic Association DII Softball All-American team on Wednesday.
Springfield was selected to the second team as a pitcher and was one of only four players from Mississippi to earn All-American honors.
The Southern Miss signee earned the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Pitcher of the Year award after winning a program-best 20 games and finishing the season with a sparkling 1.54 ERA. She struck out 123 batters, had seven shutouts and threw one no-hitter in 150.1 innings.
Offensively, the East Webster graduate hit .296 with 21 RBI and 35 runs scored. She had 40 hits with team-highs in doubles (11) and triples (three) to go along with a pair of home runs while only striking out five times in 135 at-bats. Springfield finishes her lone season in Fulton with a .342 on-base percentage and .467 slugging percentage. Defensively, she had a .974 fielding percentage with only three errors and six double plays in 177 chances as a pitcher, shortstop and third baseman.
Last week, Springfield was picked second team AllAmerican by Fastpitch News. Her other honors include: NJCAA All-Region 23, National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region South, NFCA Second-Team All-American and MACJC First Team All-State.