Robinson receives All-American recognition
A positive approach to hitting paid big dividends for Shaena Robinson this spring as a freshman with the Marshalltown Community College softball team (Marshalltown, IA).
And on Thursday, Robinson continued to reap the rewards from that big season when she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America second-team recognition. This was just the most recent in a line of awards for Robinson, a 2016 Douglas High School graduate who was also named the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Third team, as well as NFCA All-Midwest team. She was also the Offensive Player of the year for the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).
Robinson led the conference with a .493 batting average for the season, plus she led the conference in on base percentage (.551), slugging percentage (.971), home runs (16) and extra base hits (33). Robinson’s home run total ranks third in school history and her batting average ranked No. 18 among NJCAA teams nationwide.
While she is excited about the accolades, those statistics did not come as a surprise to the 5-foot-5 center fielder. It was just a matter of some added maturity, staying positive, not to mention a lot of hard work leading up to this season.
“I felt like a worked a lot harder,” she said. “I won’t say it was easy, it just seemed to flow smoother. Whenever I came to a situation where I was having a tough time, I would just stop, take a deep breath, basically clear my head, and not let anything negative get me down.”
In other words, she learned to adjust to adversity that might occur in any game.
“This year, I feel I have matured and put it all (bad plays) behind me,” she said. “You are going to have good days and bad days; you just need to stay up with your team and not let the negatives get you down.”
Robinson is only the second Marshalltown softball player to receive All-American recognition. Hally Lenzine, who went on to play at Iowa State, was a third-team selection in 2012.
“In my career I have had the pleasure of coaching some of the most amazing talent in this sport,” Marshalltown coach Garland Shirley told the Marshalltown athletics website (mccathletics.com). “Each of them have had a motivation to succeed that clearly sets them apart from the competition. You see it in everything they do. It is rare that the great ones in the sport fail in the classroom or are irresponsible people. It is that dedication to being successful at life that becomes who they are as a person. Shaena’s accomplishments reflect her life approach and I am proud to have her with us.”
Robinson was named to the ICCAC Academic All-Region team for the spring semester. Academic all-region selections are required to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better to receive first-team recognition.
Robinson said she became acquainted with the Iowa program when she played for the Nevada Hot Shots travel team in a showcase event. Now, she is looking forward to returning for one more season with the Marshalltown Tigers before she transfers to a four-year school.
“At this time, I hope to go to the University of Northern Iowa,” Robinson said. “The school is perfect; my family in Iowa is close and the school is perfect for what I want to do (elementary education) and they have a really good softball program.”