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MISSION VALLEY SOFTBALL PLAYERS EXTEND CAREERS
August 16, 2014Northwest Montana A Conference
Mission Valley Area Grads Extend their Softball Careers at the Collegiate Level
by John Heglie
Mission Valley area high school graduates will be taking their athletic skills to the next level when they head off to college this coming fall. Charlo graduate Alyssa Doty will round out the roster of the Corban University Warriors and Polson graduate Jessica Bagnell will attempt to solidify a slot on the softball roster at MSU Billings as a walk-on candidate for the Yellowjackets.
Class B-C all-state, three-time all-conference (1st-tm 2013-14, 2nd-tm 2011) Mission-Arlee-Charlo (MAC) Lady Bulldog catcher Alyssa Doty will be extending her softball career at the collegiate level with the Corban University Warriors of Salem, Oregon. She was also a District 10C all-conference 1st-team selection in volleyball her senior year. Corban University is a member of the NAIA and part of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC). The Warriors softball team had qualified for the CCC tournament four times in a row from 2010-13 prior to this past season when they were the 2013 CCC champions. Doty batted .507 her senior year with 38 hits and 28 RBIs. Her four year (2011-14) MHSA prep career softball stats tally at 115R, 118H, (27)2B, (5)3B, 4HR, 71RBI with a cumulative .408 prep career batting average.
The other anticipated future collegiate softball player is recent Polson graduate Jessica Bagnell, who will vie for a slot on the roster of the MSU Billings Lady Yellowjackets softball team as a walk-on this coming fall after deliberating over multiple offers. Bagnell was a three sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball as well as softball. She received an all-conference honorable mention acknowledgement as a junior in basketball, but her forte was definitely softball, where she garnered an all-state accolade her senior season along with four-time all-conference 1st-team recognition at multiple positions (p 14, if 13, of 12, ut 11), indicative of her versatility around the diamond. In addition, she received an all-tournament acknowledgement in 2013 and was an integral contributor to two seasons of the Polson Lady Pirate 3peat as well as 10U ASA 2006 state softball champion. Bagnell’s four season (2011-14) career stats include 107R, 135H, (28)2B, (11)3B, 8HR, 101RBI, .512 AVG, .447 AVG in MHSA spring softball. Those figures can be further supplemented by her two seasons of 16U ASA softball with the Polson Purple Rain of 44R, 53H, (8)2B, (1)3B, 1HR, 31RBI for a .461 AVG that do not include a couple of weeks with the Missoula-based Montana Avalanche her junior year.
Space did not permit inclusion of career stats for Carroll College softball recruit Jaylin Kenney with the article authored by Sharidan Russell that was featured in the 7 August 2014 issue of the Lake County LEADER. Kenney’s four season (2011-14) MHSA spring softball career stats include 116R, 147H, (20)2B, (6)3B, 1HR, 88RBI, .512 AVG as well as averaged double figures in stolen bases each of her last three seasons. Those figures can be further bolstered by her three year career 16U ASA softball stats , of 80R, 122H, (9)2B, (5)3B, 38RBI, .502 AVG, giving her cumulative totals that bode well for the inaugural season of the Carroll College Fighting Saints softball team.
Doty, Bagnell and Kenney join a growing contingent of collegiate softball players from northwestern Montana that include Shalaina Duford (Spokane Valley Community College), Tina Marquardt (Williston State), Ashleigh Lynch (Wenatchee Valley Community College), class of 2012 Charlo grad Kinley Pope (Carroll College via Wenatchee Valley), class of 2012 Ronan grad Bethany Colman (Presentation College via Dakota College at Bottineau), class of 2014 Frenchtown grad Keegan Wickman (University of Mary), class of 2013 Frenchtown grad Abby Indreland (Utah State), class of 2013 Columbia Falls grad Kathrin Jetty (Dakota College at Bottineau), class of 2014 Columbia Falls grad Tiffany Hummer (Dakota College at Bottineau) and Ohio State bound class of 2015 Frenchtown senior Morgan Ray.
SUPPLEMENTAL SNIPPETS SEGMENT
The following material was simultaneously composed at the same time as the article that was authored by
You won’t find much moss growing under the soles of the shoes worn by Jaylin Kenney over the next several years as she will be immersed in the dual sports of golf as well as softball at Carroll College. Kenney was a three-time all-state, four-time all-conference selectee in golf and nominated twice all-state, thrice all-conference (1st-tm 13-14, 2nd-tm 12) in softball for the Polson Lady Pirates, accolades that also include 10U ASA 2006 state softball champion before she even reached high school. Kenney’s four season (2011-14) Montana High School Association spring softball career stats include 116R, 147H, (20)2B, (6)3B, 1HR, 88RBI, .512 AVG as well as averaged double figures in stolen bases each of her last three seasons. Those figures can be further bolstered by her three year career 16U ASA softball stats in softball, which bolster those figures another 80R, 122H, (9)2B, (5)3B, 38RBI, .502 AVG, giving her cumulative totals that bode well for the inaugural season of the Carroll College Fighting Saints softball team.
Kenney was an integral member of three-consecutive Class A state championships with Lady Pirate golf team, finishing second, third and tied for ninth over the past three seasons. In softball, she played a contributing role in two years of the Polson softball 3peat from 2010-12. She was team captain in three sports her senior season that also included basketball along with functioning as team captain her junior year in golf as well.
On the academic front, Kenney was co-valedictorian, a 4.0 student who was an all-state academic pick all four seasons at Polson. Her forthcoming Carroll College coach Bennett MacIntyre observed that “Jaylin has had quite a bit of success for someone who basically just started to play golf in high school,” head golf coach MacIntyre said. “She is just a natural athlete who likes to compete and this will suit her well as she looks to further develop her golf skills at Carroll.”
NOTE TO READERS:
The portion of this article above the supplemental snippets segment that acknowledges Alyssa Doty as well as Jessica Bagnell is featured in print under the title “Mission Valley softball girls extend careers to college“ within the sports section of the 14 August 2014 issue of the Lake County LEADER (B2). While the career softball stats for Jaylin Kenney are also included here as a supplement, the bulk of her coverage was authored by Sharidan Russell and is featured in the preceding 7 August 2014 issue under the title, “Kenney signs to Saints’ softball,” Lake County Leader, C3.