Junior Colleges

Gulf Coast's Kaitlin Lee named MACJC Pitcher of the Year


Mississippi Gulf Coast's Kaitlin Lee was named MACJC Pitcher of the Year by the state's softball coaches, and two of her teammates joined her on the All-State team.

Lee shared the honor with Jones County's Rachel Hayes, and Lexie Mathis and Izzy Werdann also earned All-MACJC honors.

Lee, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Harrison Central, finished 22-4 with a 0.84 ERA, second-best in the country. She struck out 138 batters and allowed only 94 hits in 167 innings.

Lee threw a perfect game against Southern Union and also batted .369 with 17 doubles while striking out only three times in 168 at bats. She became the first Gulf Coast player to sign a scholarship with an SEC softball program when she inked with Ole Miss.

Mathis, a freshman shortstop from Baker High in Mobile, led Gulf Coast with a 17 home runs and 60 RBI while batting .436. She had seven three-hit games and nine games with three or more RBI, including a six-RBI game against Holmes.

Werdann, a freshman catcher/third baseman from Tate High School in Pensacola, Fla., batted .323 with five home runs and 41 RBI for the Lady Bulldogs. Her biggest hit of the year was a three-run home run in the sixth-inning of an MACJC Tournament game against Itawamba that Gulf Coast won 3-2.