Jessica Melton named as Second Team All-American

Published 5:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2005

WESSON — Copiah-Lincoln Community College sophomore JessicaMelton of Bogue Chitto was recently named National Junior CollegeAthletic Association (NJCAA) Second Team All-American.

Melton, a sophomore short stop/outfielder, led the Lady Wolveswith a .524 batting average. The switch-hitting Melton also led theteam in several categories including slugging percentage (.780),hits (43), doubles (9), triples (6), runs scored (31), hits (43),on base percentage (.594) and 25 stolen bases. Another highlight toMelton’s season was a 25 game hitting streak.

“Jessica had a phenomenal year for us, she was our sparkplug,”said Co-Lin Head Coach Allen Kent. “Her speed really put a lot ofpressure on opposing defenses. She’s a classicline-drive/ground-ball hitter. Jessica also improved a lot ondefense in her sophomore season. She cut down on her errors, plusshe just simply made plays on a lot of balls that most people don’tget to.”

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Melton, a two-sport athlete, missed a lot of playing time andeight games at the beginning of the season while she was playingbasketball. She will be playing both sports next year atMississippi College.

“Jessica was a pleasure to coach and will be sorely missed,”said Kent. “She’s one of those special players who you will not beable to replace.”

The Lady Wolves (27-6, 13-3) surpassed last year’srecord-setting school record of 25 wins with 27 victories in 2005.They were ranked as high as No. 5 in the NJCAA Division IIpoll.