For the second time in less than a week, the North West freshman infielder McKaylee Polk received more national recognition.
Just days after earning NJCAA Division II All-American honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Polk was named an All-American again on Tuesday, this time by the NJCAA itself.
Polk led the Rangers at the plate for most of the season, finishing the 2022 season with a .397 batting average, 18 doubles, one triple and a team-best 19 home runs. The Senatobia star also led the team with 61 RBI and an .822 batting percentage for the season.
Most of Polk’s stats have placed her in the top 10 in several single-season and career statistical categories at Northwest, including setting a new single-season home run record, surpassing the Koczka’s previous record of 14 set last year.
Polk is the Rangers’ second NJCAA All-American in as many seasons, joining Saige Koczkawho received second-team recognition in 2021. She is also one of five MACCC softball stars to receive national recognition from the NJCAA, joining Cera Blanchard (Copiah-Lincoln), Lauren Lindsey (Jones College), Brinson Anne Rogers (Pearl River), and Nia Luckett (College Jones).
Northwest finished the season with a program-best 39–15 overall record. The Rangers won their first Region 23 title and qualified for the NJCAA Division II Softball Championships for the first time, finishing as one of the last four teams remaining in the 16-team tournament.