Former Neosho High softball stalwart and Labette Community College redshirt sophomore outfielder Emily Harrell earned NJCAA Division II All-South Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after the recent season.
During her final season in Parsons (Kansas), Harrell batted .381 overall (43 for 113) with 23 runs scored, three doubles, 15 RBI, five walks and four strikeouts, and 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts. She had an on-base of .412 and a slugging of .407 en route to her all-region honors.
Neosho native and Labette head coach Ryan Phillips discussed Harrell with Sean Frye of the Parsons Sun.
“It was a great honor for her,” Phillips said, “especially with how loyal she was to our program for three years. She was a big threat for us offensively and in the outfield. So it was great to see her finally achieve in the way she did. She worked her butt off to get back on that field and played through quite a bit of adversity (a nagging knee injury).”
Freshman catcher Gwen Smalley (a Frontenac High graduate) earned first team.
Harrell and Smalley, as well as former McDonald County pitcher Paige Jones, were among several Lady Cardinals who earned All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention.
Jones finished her first college season 7-6 overall with a 3.63 ERA and 85 strikeouts and 43 walks over 110 innings pitched. She threw 13 complete games in 16 starts.