SUGAR GROVEâ€”A trio of Waubonsee Community College softball players recently received post-season honors. Lady Chiefs’ third baseman Sara Rose, centerfielder Bridget Kennedy and middle infielder Sam Palucska were all named to the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) First Team. In addition, Rose was selected to the NJCAA All-Region IV Division II First Team.
Rose led the Lady Chiefs in almost every offensive category this past spring, and ranked in the top-40 among NJCAA Division II softball players in home runs (23rd), triples (25th), on-base percentage (28th), runs batted in (39th) and batting average (39th). The freshman from Kaneland High School set a new Waubonsee single-season record with 10 home runs, including a single-game record of three. The right-handed hitter finished the year with a .456 batting average with 49 runs batted in, hitting .529 with runners in scoring position. Rose smacked 42 singles, 11 doubles and five triples en route to compiling a lofty .799 slugging percentage and tallying 119 total bases. She also stole 23 bases in 24 attempts and led the team with 41 runs scored in 49 games played. Additionally, Rose struck out just 10 times in 173 plate appearances for an average of once every 17.3 times at the dish.
Kennedy, a sophomore from Aurora Christian High School, batted .318 on the season as Waubonsee’s leadoff hitter. The switch-hitting speedster swiped 30 bases to finish tied for 16th nationally in stolen bases. Kennedy was second on the team with 54 hits and 38 runs scored, and led the team with 170 at bats in 49 games played.
Palucska, a freshman from Wauconda High School, batted .259 with 21 runs batted in and 24 runs scored in 47 games played. She hit four doubles, a pair of triples and a home run during the season, to go along with six stolen bases in seven tries.The Lady Chiefs’ middle infielder finished the season with a .921 fielding percentage, while not making any throwing errors all spring.