Six Buccaneers Earn All-Region And All-Conference Honors
Sophomore pitcher Renna Toomey (Orange), sophomore infielders Chloe Woodward (Katy) and Keely Castillo (Richmond), and sophomore outfielders Mikaela Lopez (Cypress) and Emily Murphy (Round Rock) earned second-team all-region and first-team all-conference honors. Sophomore Samantha Rodriguez (Houston) earned second-team all-conference honors as a utility player.
“To have the other coaches acknowledge Blinn players is a testament to the hard work they put in, so I am proud of them,” head softball coach Rick Church said. “Their work ethic and the effort that they put into the classroom and softball is commendable, and I appreciate it from all of them. They had to go through the challenges and obstacles of COVID-19, and I cannot say enough about their hard work, determination, and resiliency.”
Toomey led the Buccaneers with 22 pitching appearances, 18 starts, 15 complete games, and 135 innings pitched. She tied for third in the region with 10 wins, was fifth in the region with 76 strikeouts, and posted the region’s third lowest earned run average (2.49). On offense, Toomey tallied 20 hits, 20 RBIs, and 14 runs in 83 at-bats.
Woodward led Blinn and was sixth in the region with 50 hits, was second on the team with nine doubles and posted the second highest batting average (.362) in 138 at-bats. She was second on the team with 10 stolen bases and recorded 15 RBIs.
Castillo was third on the team with a .362 batting average and was second on the team 41 hits and 30 RBIs in 114 at-bats. She led the Buccaneers and was fourth in the region with 13 doubles. She shared the lead for most home runs on the team with four.
Lopez led the region and was fourth in the nation with 10 triples. She led Blinn with 33 RBIs and 12 stolen bases, and was third on the team with 39 hits in 112 at-bats. She shared the team lead with 10 walks, scored 22 runs and posted a .348 batting average.
Murphy tied for fourth on the team with 35 hits, posted the fourth highest batting average (.354), and shared the team lead with 10 walks in 99 at-bats. She also scored 12 runs and drove in 15 runs for the Buccaneers.
Rodriguez was second on the team with 26 runs, third on the team with eight walks, and sixth on the team with 33 hits in 94 at-bats. She drove in 17 runs, had six stolen bases, and recorded a .351 batting average.
Blinn finished the season with a 22-19 overall record and posted a second-place finish in conference with a 13-5 record. Blinn concluded the season with a third-place finish in the Region XIV-South Tournament.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987.