PORT ARTHUR – Lamar State College-Port Arthur catcher Kenady Magouirk has been named an All-America softball player by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The NFCA tabbed Magouirk, a freshman from Baytown’s Lee High School, as a first-team pick on its All-Midwest Region team and awarded her a spot on their All-America third team.
“I think it’s a great honor for her,” Seahawks Head Coach Vance Edwards said. “She’s a good kid – a typical student-athlete: She goes to class, works hard at practice and is a team leader.
“She’s the one who’s going to pep everybody up in the dugout. She’s always cheering, always encouraging. She deserves this award. I’m very proud for her.”
Magouirk is the third player in the program’s 10 seasons to garner All-America honors. Shortstop Christina Jaques was a third-team All-America pick by NFCA in 2008 and outfielder Mallory Koschany earned second-team NFCA All-America honors in 2012.
“I definitely wasn’t expecting that at all,” Magouirk said of the news. “It’s such a big honor. I’m super excited.”
Kenady finished her first NJCAA season ranked third on the team in slugging percentage (.475), fourth in batting average (.311), doubles (seven) and fifth with 12 RBIs. Academically, she made the Dean’s list, and she was chosen for her team’s Dr. Sam Monroe Excellence Award for combining classroom and athletic performance with team and school spirit.
“I had to split playing time with a sophomore, so the time I got to play, I really gave it 100 percent,” she said. “Whatever happened, happened. When the bases are loaded with two outs in the seventh inning, you’ve got to do something. Coming through for your team, that’s what it’s all about.”
Two other members of the 2014 LSC-PA team earned second-team honors on the NJCAA All-Region XIV team. They are shortstop Ricki Gilbert of Port Neches and third baseman Lani Woods of Haughton, La. The Seahawks finished 18-29 overall and fifth in Region XIV South Zone action.