CWC's Jerrica Money Will Play Softball for Rend Lake College
By: WROYWRUL Sports
Feb 14th, 2014
Carmi-White County Senior Jerrica Money has signed a letter of intent to play softball for Rend Lake College.
Though Money is known for being a strong defensive force behind the plate, she had a break-out hitting year in 2013. Money belted two home runs and finished with 32 hits and 23 RBIs.
“Last year, she had a good year where her average really increased,” said Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Scott Conner.
“She hit her first real home run that won us a game in the bottom of the 7th. She’s been a solid hitter all along. But last year she really improved at the plate with her average.”
At season’s end, Money had a .390 batting average and .494 on base percentage.
Rend Lake College Head Coach Dave Ellingsworth was quick to praise the senior’s fundamentals. He said Money “does everything right” while many high school catchers are still struggling to master the trade.
“She’s played at a high level in high school and travel ball. Fundamentally sound. She comes out of a good, strong program.”
Ellingsworth looks for Money to have an immediate impact. He likes to carry at least two starting catchers with each game day being a doubleheader.
“Depending on how far we go in the tournament, we’ll have somewhere around 60 games. You can’t have one kid catch 60 games.”
Ellingsworth has been the head coach at Rend Lake College since 1993. When the college season concludes, he will often join Roger Hobbs in the broadcast booth for several high school games. Ellingsworth watched Jessica play on multiple occasions.
“She’s a good student too. Last spring, I had five Academic All-Americans and the second highest grade point average in the nation for softball. When you can have good students and good athletes…that makes it fun for me.”
Money will enjoy a scholarship and plans to study occupational therapy. She was joined by her parents, Byrd and Donna Huber, at Wednesday’s signing event.
“I’m glad she has the opportunity to go,” Coach Conner added.
“I know she will be someone they can count on. She’s a great person and player. I’m just excited that she gets that opportunity.”
Photo (L-R): Byrd Huber, Scott Conner, Jerrica Money, Dave Ellingsworth, and Donna Huber.