Hendrix named national Pitcher of the Week

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Apparently, college has had no effect in slowing down one of the best high school softball pitchers to ever take to the circle in the state of Arkansas -- Karisa Hendrix.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named Hendrix its National Pitcher of the Week last week.

Hendrix, a freshman at Williams Baptist College, went a perfect 6-0 for the Lady Eagles during that stretch, including tossing a no-hitter against Stephens College.

Hendrix came within one unearned run from tossing 41 scoreless innings in WBC's six American Midwest Conference (AMC) victories in that time frame. K-Risa threw five complete games, walking just four and fanned 47 batters.

So far this season, the former Highland Lady Rebel standout has a record of 15-4 and an ERA of 1.27. She even has a save for WBC.

Named the AMC Pitcher of the Week for the third time in four weeks, Hendrix has held opponents to a .143 batting average.

In addition to helping Highland to back-to-back appearances in the Class 4A state championship game during her junior and senior seasons for the Lady Rebs, Hendrix holds the state record for most career strikeouts in Arkansas high school softball history.

"This is not only a tremendous honor for Karisa, but for our team and all of Williams Baptist College," WBC head coach Eric Newell said. "She's earned every bit of it. She's a workhorse. Karisa works nonstop, often on her own, and she is always out there trying to make herself a better player."

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