Loftin earns NJCAA DII Player of the Year honors


ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Kelsha Loftin (Mendenhall) has been named the NJCAA Division II Dudley Player of the Year.

Loftin helped the Lady Bobcats to a 54-3 record and its first-ever national championship this season. The award was announced Thursdaymorning.

Loftin, who is headed to Ole Miss, batted .403 with a .462 on-base percentage. She had 66 stolen bases, 41 RBI, scored 77 runs and had a .987 fielding percentage in centerfield.

She was an NJCAA DII first-team All-American, was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) second-team All-American, was chosen the Most Valuable Player of the DII National Tournament, was chosen to the All-Tournament Team, was named All-Region 23 and NFCA All-South Region.

“We are so very proud of Kelsha as she is one of the most selfless, hardworking players we have ever had in our program,” said JCJC head coach Chris Robinson in a release by the NJCAA. “She has been a terrific two-year starter for us and a wonderful leader both on and off the field. Kelsha is definitely what you would call a five-tool player and one of the best ambassadors of our program.”

Loftin is the fourth Lady Bobcat to be named NJCAA DII Player of the Year.

Tori Dew (2014), Lauren Holifield (2015) and Kelly Byrd (2017) were previous Players of the Year. Karli Perque was named Pitcher of the Year in 2017.