history & records drove in 65 runners and scored 71 times. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the summer draft. He followed with an equally productive sophomore season, and along the way establish career records for home runs (38), RBI (134) and runs scored (122). He also ranks second all-time with a .455 batting average and 132 hits. Gullion signed with the University of Nebraska. In 2004, Brett Kinning became the sixth player in JCCC history to be selected NJCAA All-American, earning third-team accolades. Kinning also was selected to the NJCAA AllDistrict first-team, East Jayhawk Conference first-team and was the NJCAA Central District Rawlings big Stick Award winner, the first in JCCC history. A two-time team MVP, Kinning led the Cavaliers and ranked 17th nationally with a batting average of .441. He collected a team high 83 hits, including 21 doubles, two triples and seven home runs. He also led the team in RBI with 59, which also ranked tied for 19th nationally. His 83 hits and 21 doubles set new season records at JCCC, and his 59 RBI are the fourth-highest at JCCC. Earlier in the season, Kinning put together one of the longest hitting streaks in team history, going 17 straight games with at least one hit. For his career, Kinning is one of only four players in team history to drive in 100 runners. In 2008, sophomore shortstop Doug Otto and freshman left-hand pitcher Brandon Droge earned NJCAA AllAmerican, marking the second time in team history two players were honored in the same season. Otto posted a .424 batting average (78-for-184) with 20 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 65 runs scored, 49 RBI and 30 stolen bases. He led the team in average, doubles, triples, home runs and runs scored. He also was second in RBI and stolen bases. His 78 hits are the third best season in team history, and he ranks second with 20 doubles. In all, Otto etched his name in 12 season and career categories at JCCC. As a shortstop, Otto had one of the best season’s from that position in team history, posting a fielding percentage of .960, committing only 12 errors in 300 fielding chances. He was also selected as a Rawlings Golf Glove Award Winner for College/NJCAA Division I, and was named MVP of the East Jayhawk Conference. He is the first Cavalier player to earn those prestigious honors. Droge was one of the team’s top aces on the mound in the 2008. He finished 8-2 overall with a team-best 1.28 earned run average. He pitched a school record 98 innings, allowing just 18 earned runs, while striking out 74 batters. Droge’s 8 wins tie for 11th on JCCC’s season chart. He ranks second in season games started at 14, and his seven complete games tie for ninth at JCCC. His 74 strikeouts also tie for ninth in a season. In all, 93 players have been honored as an East Jayhawk AllConference performer. In 1992 and again in 1999, a total of eight players were honored. Through the years, the Johnson County baseball program has had enormous success in amateur international baseball arena. Five former players, P.J. Spell (1990), Scott Hennessey (1990), Brent Chamberlain (1993), Kit Pellow (1994) and Mike Simmons (1994) traveled with the U.S.A. Junior College All-Stars, and played team from all over the world. Coach Shelley has been active on both the national and international levels of junior college baseball. In 1990, Shelley served as an assistant coach on the first NJCAA team to participate in international competition. The USA All-Stars from the NJCAA competed in the Friendship Games in Las Tunas, Cuba. Shelley also has the distinction of earning the first Louisville Slugger/Region VI coach of the year honor, after his team captured the Region VI title in 1993. In the summer of 1994, Shelley served as head coach for Team USA, a select NJCAA team from the United States that played host to a select team from Japan. The five-game series was played in Grand Junction, Colo., which is also the host site of the NJCAA World Series. Several thousand come each year. Johnson County parents come to watch their sons compete. Johnson County alumni come to see the next generation of Cavaliers. Johnson County students, faculty and staff members come for the sheer fun of it. Big crowds and a festive atmosphere – that’s baseball at Johnson County’s Baseball Complex, widely recognized as
one of the premier collegiate baseball facilities in the East Jayhawk Conference and Region VI. Over the years, JCCC’s baseball facility has become accustomed to record-setting performances and postseason play. Johnson County has hosted on several occasions the Eastern Sub-regional Tournament, the Region VI championship and the Central District championship. JCCC’s field has even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated – the July 6, 1992, issue featuring former Major League umpire Steve Palermo. That is not the only ties Johnson County has to professional baseball. Thirty-seven former Cavaliers have signed as free agents or been drafted by Major League organizations. Last year, former JCCC All-American Kit Pellow became the first former Cavalier to make to the Major League level, when he was called up by the Kansas City Royals last year. Two years later, he was the opening day starter in left field for the Colorado Rockies. Johnson County baseball has a greater tradition and success. Since the program’s inception in 1973, Johnson County baseball squads have posted a .679 winning percentage and experienced 26 winning seasons in 30 years. The program has produced 952 wins, seven conference championships, eight sub-regional championships, five Region VI titles and six NJCAA All-Americans. The 1974 squad, led by JCCC hall-of-fame coach Sonny Maynard, featured Bob Downs and Mark Balderston, JCCC’s first two All-American performers. Those players propelled Johnson County to its first championship season and a No. 13 national ranking. Maynard’s 1985 team set the standard for wins, posting 48 triumphs against just 14 losses. The 1990 team, the fourth under head coach Kent Shelley, witnessed the first player in the program’s history to top .500 in hitting. Scott Hennessey hit .508 while leading Johnson County to sub-region and region titles. In 1994, Kit Pellow garnered second-team All-America honors while pounding 20 round trippers, the country’s second highest total and new school record. Shelley’s 1996 squad, possibly his most talented, belted a school record 50 home runs and finished the regular season ranked 11th in the country. That season, the Cavaliers recorded one of the best starts in the program’s history, racing to an 18-4 mark on their way to a 36-14 record. The 2002 squad, led by Joe Gullion, established a new club record for home runs, belting 54 round trippers. Highlighting the season was Gullion breaking Pellow’s career mark for home runs. He ended his career with 38. Gullion tied Pellow’s season mark of 20 homers in the 2001 season. JCCC also set stadium records for runs scored (35) and margin of victory (32) against Haskell.
team history. The Cavaliers, led by All-Americans Doug Otto and Brandon Droge, and all-conference selections John Lenherr, Travis Blankenship and Parker Amos, the Cavaliers posted a 41-18 record, won the Region VI Championships, and earned the first NJCAA JUCO World Series berth in team history. JCCC would finished tied for ninth in the national championship tournament. In the World Series, Otto hit a team-best .667, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, five runs and three walks. He also was 3-for-3 in stolen bases. Lenherr batted .500 in Grand Junction, and Amos hit .444. On the season, Lenherr hit at a .421 clip with a team-best 82 hits. He also had 15 doubles and 44 RBI. Amos hit .400 over the season with 76 hits, 13 doubles and a team-best 56 RBI. On the mound, Blankenship tied a team record for wins a season with 11. He finished 11-3 overall and 17-5 for his career. His 17 wins set new career standard at JCCC. However, that mark lasted only year, as Droge, won 18 gams in his two seasons, setting a new standard. Droge also set the career record for games started innings pitched and earned run average. At the plate in 2009, Lenherr lit up opposing pitchers to the tune of a .439 average and a season record 83 hits. He was named the Central District Rawlings Big Stick winner and earned honorable mention All-American. He also set the career hits record with 165. The 2010 season saw the program end a 26-year drought by capturing the East Jayhawk Conference regular season title. It is the first for head coach Kent Shelley. The Cavaliers finished 44-14, fueled by a team record 19-game winning streak in April. It was also a record setting year at the plate for the Cavaliers. They set new team records for runs, hits, home runs and RBI. Their leader, All-American Davis Morgan. He hit .442 and set season records for hits (92), home runs (22) and RBI (92). Last season, Shelley captured his second conference title on the final weekend of the regular season. The team went on to post 40 wins. Also during the season, Shelley learned he was selected to be in the 2013 class for the ABCA Hall of Fame. He was officially inducted in a ceremony in on Jan., 4, 2013 at the ABCA Convention in Chicago. While the Johnson County baseball program has achieved much success, there is only one achievement separating JCCC from th elite NJCAA baseball powers, a national title. In the history of NJCAA baseball, only one school from Region VI can call themselves national champions. Johnson County wants to be the second.
The 2004 season showcased two of the more explosive players in the country, Brett Kinning and Vince Rodden. Kinning became the sixth player in JCCC history to be selected NJCAA All-American, earning third-team accolades in 2004. Kinning also was selected to the NJCAA All-District first-team, East Jayhawk Conference first-team and was the NJCAA Central District Rawlings big Stick Award winner, the first in JCCC history. A two-time team MVP, Kinning led the Cavaliers and ranked 17th nationally with a batting average of .441. He collected a team high 83 hits, including 21 doubles, two triples and seven home runs. He also led the team in RBI with 59, which also ranked tied for 19th nationally. His 83 hits and 21 doubles set new season records at JCCC, and his 59 RBI are the fourth-highest at JCCC. Rodden, a two-time all-conference performer, had an outstanding sophomore campaign. Rodden batted .363 in 2004 (70-for-193), with nine doubles, six triples and 12 RBI. He led the team in runs scored with 68, and his 64 stolen bases led the nation. That total also was a new season record at JCCC. He also owns the career stolen base mark with 105. Rodden also ranks tied for third all-time in career runs scored with 109, and fifth in career hits with 128. Rodden also set a team record for career at bats with 343, and ranks tied for 10th in both career triples (7) and career base-on-balls (52). His career batting average of .373 ranks 21st in team history.
JCCC head coach Kent Shelly and the head coach for Shelton State exchange line up cards prior to the opening of the 2008 World Series.
The 2008 campaign will go down as the greatest of all in
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