Three ACCAC Softball Programs Ranked
in NJCAA Division II National Poll
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Phoenix College is the top team in the first 2005 regular-season NJCAA Division Softball Poll. Cowley County Community College (Kan.) and Kirkwood Community College (Iowa) round out the top three.

Phoenix College (41-8) is led at the plate by Chelsea Mesa. Mesa leads the team in five offensive categories: batting average (.508, 65-for-128), runs scored (46), hits (65), doubles (9) and triples (7) and she ranks third in RBI (45). Brittny Ernst has a team-leading 11 homeruns and 48 RBI and Casey Wheeler has a team-leading nine doubles and ranks second on the team with 10 homeruns and 47 RBI. Roxanne Bejarano and Betheny Reynoldson lead the pitching staff. Bejarano has a 1.132 ERA with a team-leading 103 strikeouts and Reynoldson has 57 strikeouts with a team-leading .728 ERA. As a team Phoenix is hitting .348 (440-for-1264) with 292 runs scored and 279 RBI.

Cowley County (30-6) pitcher Ashly Bright pulls double duty for the Tigers. As a hitter she leads the team in hits (51), homeruns (6), RBI (39) and ranks second in batting average (.495, 51-for-103). As a pitcher she has a team-leading 147 strikeouts with a .687 ERA. Also leading Cowley on the offensive side of the ball are: Calli Simnitt (.500, 49-for-98; 11 stolen bases), Cortney Channell (.356, 36-for-101; 8 doubles), Ashley Dunkelberger (.369, 38-for-103; 8 doubles) and Jamie Amerine (.355, 39-for-110; 35 runs scored). On the mound Karli Hoffman has collected 39 strikeouts and a 1.260 ERA.

The pitching duo of Shean Carpenter and Arin Pershing lead Kirkwood (20-3) this season. Carpenter has 34 strikeouts with a team-leading .966 ERA and Pershing has a 1.458 ERA with a team-leading 40 strikeouts. At the plate Raeann Hawley has a team-leading .509 average (27-for-53) and 27 hits and ranks second with 19 RBI. Andrea Swanson leads the team with 20 runs scored and 10 doubles. Nicky Van Camp leads the team with 22 RBI, five homeruns and ranks second with a .463 average. Ashley Westphal has stolen a team-leading 11 bases and is third on the team with a .462 average.


1. Phoenix College (41-8)
2. Cowley County Community College (30-6)
3. Kirkwood Community College (20-3)
4. Parkland College (19-7)
5. Mesa Community College (32-17)
6. Johnson County Community College (24-7)
7. Muscatine Community College (19-3)
8. Kankakee Community College (17-1)
9. Copiah-Lincoln Community College (14-1)
10. Black Hawk College-Moline (15-4)
11. Glendale Community College (27-16)
12. Iowa Lakes Community College (18-5)
13. Delaware Technical & Community College (11-6)
14. CCBC Catonsville (9-0)
15. Illinois Valley Community College (11-2)


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