HCC's McGhee earns All-America honors

June 20, 2003|by CELESTE SHEPPARD/Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College freshman Amanda McGhee was recently named to the NJCAA All-America softball second team.

"I'm very excited and happy," said McGhee. "I didn't even know I was even nominated, so mostly I'm surprised."

McGhee played baseball in Little League and PONY League and didn't begin playing softball until she was in the eighth grade. After two years on the North Hagerstown varsity team, McGhee focused on her play with the PA Xplosion travel team.

"I have always been intense about playing ball," McGhee said. "Everyone tells me I am a completely different person on the field. Off the field, I am kind of goofy."

McGhee, primarily a catcher and outfielder, led the Maryland JuCo Conference in homeruns with five and was third in RBI with 38.


She led HCC in every offensive category, batting .545 with 42 hits - including 10 doubles and seven triples - and a 1.052 slugging percentage. McGhee was not caught stealing in 15 attempts and had a .651 on-base average.

"Amanda's a great player, which is shown by being selected as a freshman," said HCC coach Brian Beck. "She was a leader by example and let her ability speak for herself.

"I expect an even greater year out of Amanda next year, having more experience with college softball."

McGhee's immediate goals include finishing her sophomore year at HCC. She is in the process of sending out tapes to four-year schools and is looking for a full scholarship, which will play a big role in her final choice of a college.

She said she would like to go to a warmer climate, where she can play and practice softball all year long.

Looking farther down the road, McGhee's ideal dream is to make it on the U.S. Olympic Team, and plans to continue to work to achieve that goal.

"My parents have helped with the money needed to play travel softball and I couldn't have gotten this much experience without them," McGhee said. "But my dad, especially, has helped by pushing me, helping with my teams and always being involved. I couldn't have gotten this far without him."

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