NJCAA names Cutts All-American

From press reports


Northeast Mississippi Community College utility player Andrea Cutts of Ackerman has cemented her place in the Lady Tiger softball record books.

Cutts was just one of three Mississippi players to be honored by the National Junior Colleges Athletic Association (NJCAA) as All-Americans when the national organization released its rankings in June.

Cutts joins Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Reina Baluja and Jones County Junior College’s Samantha Buller on the national list.

Cutts was a NJCAA Region XXIII selection for Jody Long’s Lady Tigers before picking up the second team All-American honor.

Cutt’s second-team nomination is the second highest All-American tier that a Lady Tiger has accomplished since the college switched to fast-pitch competition in 2001.

Lori Wilson was named a first-team All-American in 2001 and Cutts joins a list of just eight other Lady Tigers to earn All-American designations.

Along with Wilson in 2001, Lindsey Thompson was honored as a honorable mention All-American and Jessica Spain picked up a honorable mention All-American selection in 2002.

Northeast had four more Lady Tigers selected to the national team from 2003-05 with Brandi Vondenstein (2003), Josie Lindgrin (2004) and Staranna Frazier (2004) all garnering honorable mention selections and Paige Wright was a third-team All-American in 2005.

Cutts’ selection to the second team All-American marks the first time a softball Lady Tiger has been named a second-team All-American in school history.

During the All-American process, the NJCAA honored just 39 athletes from its Division II Softball classification with the award with first-, second- and third-team status.

Cutts appeared in all 39 games for Northeast during the 2012-13 season and collected 53 hits with eight doubles, five triples and three homeruns in 128 at bats and 140 plate appearances on the season.

Cutts scored 38 runs for the Lady Tigers while driving in 17 and only struck out seven times all season. Cutts was also a threat on the bases for the Lady Tigers and swiped a team-high 18 bases on the year.

Cutts led the Lady Tiger team with a .414 batting average and had a .453 on base percentage to go along with a .625 slugging percentage.

In addition to Cutts’ team-leading .414 batting average, the Ackerman native led the team in runs scored (38), hits (53), triples (5), stolen bases (18) and total bases (80).

Northeast’s Region XXIII selection’s 128 at bats were second on the squad as were her on base percentage (.453) and slugging percentage (.625).

Cutts recorded 118 putouts on the year and finished with a .949 fielding percentage for Jody Long’s Lady Tigers.

During the week of March 11-15, Cutts was named the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Softball Player of the Week.

Cutts did not let a blackened eye slow the Lady Tiger down during the Spring Break week.

After bunting a ball off her eye against Calhoun (Ala.) Community College on March 14, Cutts came back just two days later with a swollen left eye and led the Lady Tigers to a sweep of Mississippi Delta Community College.

In the sweep of the Mississippi Delta, Cutts was 4-for-7 against the Lady Trojans with a home run, two runs batted in and scored four runs herself all while wearing a protective cage on her helmet.

Cutts was also a threat on the bases against the Lady Trojans with a stolen base.

Cutts’ solo home run in the first game against Mississippi Delta was the Ackerman native’s first home run of the season after leading the Lady Tigers in 2012 with six home runs during their MACJC state runner-up season.

While Cutts was 4-for-7 against the Lady Trojans, it was the Northeast sophomore’s yeoman’s effort during a six-game stretch from March 13-16 that earned her Northeast’s second MACJC Player of the Week award for the season.

In six games spanning March 11-17, Cutts led the Lady Tigers to a 3-3 mark overall but more importantly a 3-1 record in the North Division and in all six games, the Ackerman native recorded a hit.

Cutts went 4-for-7 with three runs scored as the Lady Tigers split with the Lady Bulldogs from Holmes Community College on March 13.

After going 1-for-3 in the opening game against Calhoun Community College on March 14, Cutts was limited to just one at bat in the nightcap after fouling a bunt attempt off her left cheek in the third inning against the Lady Warhawks however, Cutts made her first at bat count with a single to right field.

Cutts will continue her education at Delta State University along with playing softball there.

Article and photo from http://nemccathletics.com.