Cal's Cordes Named Junior Woman of the Year
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA freshman Cheyenne Cordes has been named the 2011 USA Softball Junior Woman of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced Monday. The Fairfield, Calif., native helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship, Dec. 6-17, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Cordes was the only member of the team to start in all 11 games in Cape Town and one of two athletes to play in all 11 games. While seeing time at shortstop and primarily at third base, she also led Team USA in hits (15), extra base hits (seven), RBI (12) and stolen bases (three).
At the plate, Cordes went 15-for-26 (.577) with one of her hits, a fifth inning double, breaking open Japan's no hitter on Dec. 16. She had a team-high 12 RBI, only six less RBI then all of Team USA's opponents combined, and 10 runs scored, third most on the team. Cordes hit three doubles, a team-high two triples and a team-high two home runs. Both home runs, a solo blast and a three-run bomb, came in the second inning of Team USA's Dec. 14 game against Puerto Rico. Her tournament slugging percentage of 1.077 was the highest on the team. She was walked five times, third most on the team, and struck out only one time in the entire tournament. On the base paths, she was 3-for-4, also making her the team leader in stolen bases.
Cordes was also a member of the 2010 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team. In 2010, the team qualified for the Junior Women's World Championship by winning III Pan American Championships (18-Under) in Bogota, Colombia.