Johnson impresses Northern Nevada 4A softball coaches |

Johnson impresses Northern Nevada 4A softball coaches

Missy Johnson is picking up where sisters Angela and Amy left off in the Northern Nevada League 4A softball honors department.

The Viking junior was recently selected second-team all-league utility player, despite playing for a squad that only won two league games out of 24.

“It was quite an honor because she wasn’t in one position all year,” said Viking coach Jan Johnson, whose daughter pitched and played shortstop.

The honor was extra special for Johnson because of the fact that the league doesn’t break down the awards by division.

“Compared to other sports, I don’t think it’s completely fair to all of the kids in the league. There were some really good players left of these teams,” Johnson said. “In other sports they recognize players for all-division, then they go into all-conference. That way they recognize more players.”

Solidifying Johnson’s second-team selection was her outstanding season at the plate. She hit .389, scored 12 runs and recorded an unofficial school record of 10 extra-base hits. Sister Angela, who concluded a successful college career at Belmont in Nashville, Tenn., this spring had eight extra-base hits in 1994. Missy Johnson had five doubles, four triples and a homer.

She led the Vikings in every offensive category – including a .567 slugging percentage – except for RBIs.

She had a .940 fielding percentage and was an effective power pitcher, striking out 61 batters in 66 innings.

“It’s a honor to be recognized by other coaches, especially since the program has struggled with wins. It’s gratifying that her performance and efforts were acknowledged,” said coach Johnson, whose daughter has already received initial interest from such colleges as Notre Dame, Penn State, North Carolina and Colorado State.

Johnson’s senior teammates Kathryn Baer and Megan Humphreys were also recognized by the league’s 13 coaches. Baer, a third baseman, and Humphries, a catcher, received honorable mention.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with both of these players. They work hard, they’re fun to work with and fun to be around. They have been solid players for us, and we’re going to miss them a lot,” Johnson said.

Humphreys hit better than .300 for the third straight season with her .317 average. She also threw out 15 runners.

Baer hit .277 and led the Vikings with 15 RBIs.

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