MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Feb. 29, 2016) – Sixteen years after her mother Tonya Bailey Jenkins was inducted into the Milligan College Athletics Hall of Fame for her efforts as a Buffalo, Jaclyn Jenkins will join the Milligan College softball team looking to leave a legacy of her own.
“We are very excited for Jaclyn to join our softball program,” said Head Coach Wes Holly. “We feel like she is probably the best pitcher in upper east Tennessee, and will be a tremendous asset to our program. She is very skilled and has had a lot of experience both at Daniel Boone, and with summer travel ball (East Tennessee Pride), which we feel will help her make an immediate impact on our team.”
Jenkins, a pitcher and first baseman from Daniel Boone High School and Gray, Tennessee, was named 2015 Johnson City Press Sweet 16 Right Fielder and All-Big 7 Conference first team utility as a junior. In 2014 as a sophomore, she was Johnson City Press Sweet 16 First Base and All-Big 7 Conference Pitcher. In her freshman season in 2013, she was Johnson City Press Sweet 16 Pitcher, Big 8 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player and All-Big 8 Conference first team. Additionally, she led the team in home runs (9) and runs batted in (62) as a freshman.
“I chose Milligan College because they have a great softball program and they are a strong academic school,” said Jenkins.
Throughout her first three prep seasons, Jenkins batted over .424 twice, collected over 45 hits all three seasons, and hit nine home runs twice. In the circle, she was 41-19 (68.3 winning percentage) coming into her senior season after winning 16 games both as a freshman and as a junior, she had a cumulative earned run average of 1.50, and she recorded 115 or more strikeouts twice.
Jenkins, who plans to major in education and coaching while at Milligan, is the daughter of Jaymie and Tonya Jenkins.
Tonya, a 1994 honors graduate of Milligan where she was also a standout athlete, was inducted into Milligan’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. She was on the basketball team and is a member of its 1,000-point club, and also played softball for four years with the Buffs from 1991-1994. Tonya received many accolades during her years at Milligan which include: Presidential Scholarship, Dean’s List, Scholastic All-American, USAA All-American Scholar, Academic All-American for two years, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and she also received the National Collegiate Education Award.
In her four years as a Buffalo, Tonya amassed 107 wins and holds many Milligan pitching records, such as career wins (107), single-season wins (34), career no-hitters (9) and career perfect games (3).\