CANNON NAMED FASTPITCH NEWS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

Sophomore D.J. Cannon was named to the FPN NJCAA Division II All-America Team on Thursday. (Allie Schweizer/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Sophomore D.J. Cannon was named to the FPN NJCAA Division II All-America Team on Thursday. (Allie Schweizer/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

FASTPITCH NEWS NJCAA DIVISION II PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Kiya Harper – Lincoln
Allison Kasick – Kansas City Kansas
Sammi Bates – Johnson County
Sarah Salgado – Bismarck State
Dana Percival – Morton
Chantal Gruber – Northern Virginia
Leilani San Pedro – Iowa Lakes
Kelsha Loftin – Jones County
Katie McLean – Lincoln Land
Chyann Hooker – Northern Virginia
Molly Jacobsen – Des Moines Area
Karli Perque – Jones County
Leighlyn Guthrie – Mercyhurst North East
D.J. Cannon – Hutchinson
Breanna Riggenbach – Lake Michigan

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

Hutchinson Community College sophomore softball pitcher D.J. Cannon earned some preseason recognition by being named to the Fastpitch News' NJCAA Division II Preseason All-America team on Thursday.

Cannon, a sophomore left-handed pitcher from Fort Worth, Texas, was a first-team all-Jayhawk East and Region VI-District E pitcher as a freshman for the Blue Dragons. She was Hutch's No. 1 pitcher who helped the Dragons reach the Region VI Tournament final for the first time since 1987.

Cannon, who has already committed for next season to Missouri-Kansas City, went 18-9 last season with a 2.26 ERA. She had 20 complete games in 24 starts. She also had a save in making 31 overall appearances with six shutouts.

In 145 1-3 innings pitched last season, Cannon struck out 194 and walked just 73. Opponents hit .218 against the Blue Dragon left-hander. She allowed 117 hits and 63 total runs last season.

Cannon had a season-high 14 strikeouts against the Friends University JV on April 27. She had 10 or more strikeouts five times.

Cannon pitched a pair of one-hitters last season against Oklahoma Wesleyan JV on March 9 and against Labette in the opening game of the Region VI-District E Tournament on May 6 in Topeka.

Offensively, Cannon was Hutch's second-leading hitter with a .414 batting average. Cannon had 48 total hits with eight doubles, a triple and two home runs. Cannon had 22 RBIs and 22 runs scored. She had a season-high four hits against Kansas City on April 8.

Cannon and the Blue Dragons open the 2018 season at home against Pratt on Friday, February 9 in a doubleheader.