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Softball Players Earn NJCAA Weekly Honors

Kelli PatrickWINTERVILLE—A pair of Pitt Community College softball players earned national accolades this month for their roles in helping the Bulldogs jump out to a 22-4 record this season.

Last week, the National Junior College Athletic Association selected Kelli Patrick as its Division I Player of the Week and teammate Charity Watson as the country’s Division I Pitcher of the Week.

Patrick, a first baseman who also pitches for the Bulldogs, recorded a huge offensive week to help PCC sweep a pair of doubleheaders against Wake Tech March 8-9. The freshman from Creswell tallied seven hits in 12 at-bats, scored six runs and drove in seven more.

Of her seven hits, Patrick logged five doubles and a triple to go along with a stolen base. Her best effort against Wake Tech came on March 9, when she went 2-for-2 with two doubles, a run and three RBIs.Charity Watson

Patrick leads the Bulldogs with a .452 batting average and touts a .531 on-base percentage. From the circle, she has a 1.04 earned run average with 33 strikeouts.

Watson, a sophomore, fanned 24 batters in only 11 innings pitched in the two Wake Tech games. The Washington native didn’t allow a run and gave up just three hits and two walks.

Watson’s best performance against the Eagles came March 8, when she struck out 13 batters and only gave up one hit.

On the season, she has 128 strikeouts and a 0.20 ERA in 69.1 innings pitched. Opposing batters are hitting just 0.070 against her.