What a difference a year made for three Kansas City Kansas Community College softball sophomores.
Designated hitter Tiffany Killam was named to the All-Region VI first team for Division E and second team All-Jayhawk while first baseman Geena Harris and outfielder Morgan Oroke were both All-Region second team and honorable mention All-Jayhawk selections.
A .317 hitter with five home runs and 42 runs-batted-in as a freshman, Killam belted a record 16 home runs this team while hitting .455 with team highs in RBI with 49 and slugging with an .881 average. "Tiffany really worked hard all summer and fall on her swing," said head coach Kacy Tillery. A Mortuary Science major from Waupun, Wis., Killam will serve as team manager next year while completing work on her degree.
A Tonganoxie graduate, Oroke hit .306 in 40 games last season before adding 127 points to her batting average this spring, hitting.427 with 25 RBI. "Morgan improved tremendously as a player and was without an error in conference play," said Tillery
A Bonner Springs graduate, Harris played in only 15 games and hit .250 her freshman year at Neosho County before transferring to KCKCC where this spring she hit a blistering .436 and was second on the team in home runs with six and RBI with 44. Her home runs included a walk-off round tripper in a 3-2 win over Johnson County and the winning home run in a 4-3 win over league champion Highland. "She came here and really worked hard," said Tillery.
Home run record-setter Tiffany Killam (left) was named to the All-Region softball first team and All-Jayhawk second team while Geena Harris (center) of Bonner Springs and Morgan Oroke of Tonganoxie were All-Region second team and All-Jayhawk honorable mention selections. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)