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McLouth All-State signee buoys KCKCC Softball pitching staff

McLouth All-State signee buoys KCKCC Softball pitching staff

Kacy Tillery got an early Christmas present for her Kansas City Kansas Community College softball team with the signing of pitcher Shannon Greene of McLouth.

            A three-time all-state selection at McLouth, Greene is a transfer from Saint Mary University and will be eligible for the upcoming spring softball season, the first to be played on KCKCC's new softball field, the first all-weather field in the Jayhawk Conference.

            "I was pretty happy with the pitching staff we have but Shannon will be a great addition, plus she can swing the bat," said Tillery. Greene will also be a candidate at first base when not pitching,

            In her four years at McLouth, Greene set school records for 1) Most no-hitters – 10; 2) Perfect games – seven; 3) Career wins – 41 with 11 losses; and 4) Career strikeouts – 408 in 254 innings. She also finished with the third lowest career earned average of 1.43 per seven innings. In addition, she had a career batting average of .526 with 117 runs-batted-in and just 10 strikeouts in 241 times at bat.

            An all-conference first team selection in each of her four years at McLouth, Greene was named to the first all-state team in 2015 and second team in 2014 and 2016. She was also named to the Lawrence Journal-World's all-area softball team four times including twice on the first team.

            In her sophomore year in 2014, McLouth won the regional championship and earned a place in the eight-team Kansas 2A state championship. The following year, Greene pitched McLouth to a repeat regional championship and third place in the Kansas 2A state tournament.    

            An outstanding student, Greene graduated No. 1 in her class with a 4.0 grade point average and was class co-valedictorian. A Gold Honor Roll student all four years and a National Honor Society her final three years, she was honored as a Kansas City Star Student-Athlete for 2015-16 and an honorable mention selection on the Topeka Capital-Journal's 2016 Academic All-State Team.

            Her non-athletic participation also included finishing second in forensics and third in dynamic planet categories in the State Science Olympiad; a third in the Regional High School Science Olympiad; and two years as editor of the yearbook.



Flanked by her parents, Charles and Kelly Greene, pitcher-first baseman Shannon Greene signed a letter of intent to play softball at Kansas City Kansas Community College this coming spring. (KCKCC Photo)