Chipola Softball Has Pitcher of The Week


MARIANNA—The reigning national champion Chipola Softball team hosts Southern Union, Sunday, March 8, in a 2 p.m. double-header.

The Lady Indians host Lansing CC, Wednesday, March 11, in a 3 p.m. double-header.

Chipola opens conference play Friday, March 20, at the Panhandle Conference Tournament in Dothan. Chipola will play Northwest, March 20 at 1 p.m., and Tallahassee, at 3:30 p.m. On March 21, Chipola plays Gulf Coast at 10 a.m. and Pensacola at 2:30 p.m.

Chipola travels to Northwest Wednesday, March 25, for a 4 p.m. double-header. The Lady Indians host Northwest, Tuesday, March 31, in a 4 p.m. double-header.

Chipola’s Brianna Bailey was named the NJCAA Region 8 Pitcher of the Week for March 2-7. The right-hander sophomore from Wewahitchka was 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in three appearances during the voting period. She pitched three complete-game victories over Santa Fe and Florida State College at Jacksonville. In 18 innings, she allowed only one earned run and five hits while striking out 37.  She recorded three straight double-digit strikeout games, including 16 against Santa Fe.

Coming off a 2019 national championship, the Chipola coaching staff—Belinda and Jimmy Hendrix, and Kelly Brookins—was named the 2019 NFCA NJCAA DI National Coaching Staff of the Year. The team captured the program’s third NJCAA DI national title in May 2019. Chipola posted a 52-5-1 record. At the national championship, the Indians scored 69 runs, including 52 over the final three contests.

Chipola graduate Amy Woodham was named the 2019 NJCAA Female Athlete of the Year.  Former player Candela Figueroa was named the 2019 Dudley® NJCAA Division I Softball Player of the Year.

In 15 years at the helm of Chipola, the Hendrix duo has guided the program to three NJCAA national titles, eight Panhandle Conference and seven FCCAA State championships, while compiling a 699-179-1 (.796) record.