EAST JACKSON alum Shelby Johnson — a sophomore center fielder who stole 83 bases in 66 games this year — was part of a Chattanooga State softball team that recently won the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
The Tigers beat Salt Lake (Utah) Community College 4-1 May 20 to clinch the title.
Johnson, who played for East Jackson from 2006-2009, certainly did her part this season with her 83 steals, which ranked second in all of Division I junior college softball, and a team-best .473 batting average.
Chattanooga State finished the year at 62-4.
The Tigers’ march to the title in the NJCAA tournament was not without setbacks. On May 19, a 4-1 loss in the winners-bracket final to Salt Lake, a school with more than 60,000 students, forced Chattanooga State to battle back by winning three games on Saturday.
First, the Lady Tigers defeated the Pima Community College Lady Aztecs of Tucson, Ariz. Chattanooga State then beat Salt Lake twice to claim the title.
Johnson finished the year with 89 hits in 188 at bats. She had eight doubles and five triples (second most on the team).
Her 83 steals are a Chattanooga State school record.