Tracy named first-team all-state
LHS catcher hit .537, scored 23 runs in 21 games and had a 1.000 fielding percentage
La Grande’s Jenny Tracy was named a first-team all-state catcher after an impressive senior season. Tracy, who was also the co-Greater Oregon League player of the year, hit .537 this season and scored 23 runs in 21 games.
She had a team-high 36 hits and stole 13 bases in 15 attempts. And while Tracy found plenty of success at the plate, she was also solid behind it.
She had a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) and threw out 17 of 20 (.850) runners who attempted to steal on her.
Tracy was joined on the first team by McLoughlin catcher Cheyenne Kessler. Those two were the only GOL players to earn first-team all-state honors.
La Grande’s Denise Comfort earned honorable mention in all-state voting as an infielder. Comfort hit .392 this season in a team-high 74 at bats.
The junior scored 14 runs, drove in seven and stole eight of 10 bases. Comfort, a shortstop, finished with a .907 fielding percentage in 107 total chances this season.
Junior Madison Elliott was also an honorable mention in the outfield. Elliott hit .352 this year and had a team-high 15 RBIs. She scored 15 runs, had two triples and one home run.
Elliott was a perfect six for six on stolen bases.
Tracy, Comfort and Elliott were the only three LHS players to earn first-team GOL honors as well, but the Lady Tigers had seven other players receive postseason nominations.
Both Kelly Walker and Emily Lawrence were second-team GOL pitchers.
Walker finished with a 4.63 ERA and struck out 38 in 71 innings pitched. She also hit .369 at the plate and had 12 RBIs, 12 runs scored and one home run.
Lawrence posted a 2.62 ERA and had 31 strikeouts in 66 ⅔ innings of work. The junior hit .265 with nine RBIs and nine runs scored.
Brandy Blackman and Kori Clipfell were both second-team infielders in the GOL this year. Blackman, a freshman, hit .274 with nine RBIs, nine runs scored and had one of the team’s three home runs. Clipfell finished with a .241 batting average with seven RBIs and six runs scored.
Auslin McDaniel-Perrin and Elyse Humphreys were both second-team nominations in the outfield. McDaniel-Perrin hit .158 this year and had a perfect fielding percentage in 28 total chances.
Humphreys finished with a .128 batting average and had a .765 fielding percentage.
Sophomore Kendall Kirkland was an honorable mention in the infield. The first baseman scored four runs and had two RBIs.
She finished with a .942 fielding percentage in a team-high 139 chances.
The Lady Tigers finished with an 8-13 record this year but are expected to lose only Walker and Tracy to graduation.
Tracy taking talents east to NCCU
After a successfull career on the softball diamond, La Grande High School graduate Jenny Tracy will suit up for Division I North Carolina Central University next year.
Tracy accepted a full academic scholarship from NCCU.
She was also recruited by Division I McNeese State in Louisiana.
Tracy was a first-team all-state catcher last season but will see some time at shortstop for the Eagles.
“They saw video of me taking ground balls,” Tracy said of the NCCU coaching staff.
“I have quick hands, which is what also makes me a good catcher. It will be new for me.”
The Eagles finished 4-45 this past season in their first year as a Division I program. It was also the first year under head coach Theresa Stephens.
Stephens has more than eight years of coaching experience at the Division I, II and III levels, as well as semi-professional playing experience.
Stephens obtained her first head coaching position at Meredith College, a Division III institution in Raleigh, N.C., where she spent two seasons (2005-07).