SUGAR GROVEâ€”A pair of Waubonsee Community College softball players recently received post-season honors. Lady Chiefs’ shortstop Amanda Balough and third baseman/pitcher Haley Secor were both named to the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) First Team. In addition, Balough was named to the NJCAA All-Region IV Division II Second Team.
Balough was named All-ISCC First Team and All-Region for the second consecutive year. The switch-hitter batted a lofty .538 this spring (63 of 117), the third-highest average nationally among NJCAA Division II players. A graduate of Yorkville High School, Balough smacked 52 singles, six doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs enroute to a .699 slugging percentage. She also drove in 25 runs, scored 37 runs and had a .556 on-base percentage in 33 games played. In addition, the speedster swiped 55 bases in 55 attempts, to finish second nationally in stolen bases. By comparison, Iowa Central’s Ashley Willard was the national leader with 70 stolen bases in 66 games. Balough struck out just five times in 119 plate appearances this spring, an average of once every 23.8 at bats. The sophomore infielder was also an All-ISCC and All-Region selection as a freshman after batting .518 with 28 stolen bases.
Secor, a sophomore from Plano High School, was tabbed All-ISCC for the second year in a row. The Lady Chiefs’ third baseman and pitcher batted .429 with a team-leading 35 runs batted in. Secor ripped nine doubles and a home run on her way to compiling a .551 slugging percentage. The right-handed hitter also struck out just five times in 113 plate appearances, an average of once every 22.6 at bats. In the circle, Secor won nine games with a 3.97 earned-run-average in 120 innings pitched, striking out 99 and walking 40. As a freshman, Secor earned All-ISCC Second Team honors by batting .364 with a .421 slugging percentage.