Former THS softball pitcher named 1st team All-American
by Mark Watson
May 29, 2008 | 497 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Tooele High softball pitcher Lindsey
Palmer fires off a pitch during a game this year
for Salt Lake Community College. She was
named 1st team National Junior College All-American last week.<br>-- photo courtesy Lindsey Palmer
Former Tooele High softball pitcher Lindsey Palmer fires off a pitch during a game this year for Salt Lake Community College. She was named 1st team National Junior College All-American last week.
-- photo courtesy Lindsey Palmer
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Former Tooele High School and Salt Lake Community College pitcher Lindsey Palmer was named 1st team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association on Friday.

Palmer is only the second 1st team All-American in the history of SLCC softball. Outfielder Tara Bendt was named 2nd team All-American.

Palmer finished the season with a 29-2 record, a 0.90 ERA and 309 strikeouts. She threw 11 shutouts and recorded four no-hitters in the 2008 season. She was also named Scenic West Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Palmer helped lead Salt Lake to a 43-10 record, 19-game winning streak, No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA polls and Salt Lake's second consecutive SWAC regular season title.

In two years at SLCC she went 48-9 with 504 strikeouts.

Palmer will play next season for the University of Utah.

"Lindsey learned the strike zone and how to control hitters," said SLCC assistant coach Kate Nygaard. "She learned how to control her emotions this year and make adjustments. She is so competitive and emotional that she needed to get that part of the game figured out."

Palmer was 26-0 before she picked up a pair of losses in the SWAC tournament. SLCC did not advance to the regional tournament losing out to College of Southern Idaho. In one of her tournament losses, Palmer still fired a one-hitter and struck out 14 batters.

The Stansbury Park resident said a lot of hard work and focusing on the mental aspect of the game helped her this year.

"I wasn't satisfied with my season last year. I had a lot of injuries in the spring and wasn't able to practice. I worked hard this year, especially on the mental side of things," Palmer said.

She said she's had several pitching coaches over the years. "I worked a lot with Cindy Bennett this year on the mental part of the game. She is the coach at Olympus High. Dennis Rose is our pitching coach here (SLCC)."

"Overall, my parents have definitely been my biggest supporters, paying for lessons when I was young and catching for me," Palmer said.

She is the daughter of Brett and Cindy Palmer.

"I've always had high expectations of myself," Palmer added.

At Tooele, Palmer led her team to three straight 3A state championship in her four-year career. She shared pitching duties with Megan Wilson during her freshmen and sophomore years and with Lauren Folta her junior and senior years.

"I started playing at age 6, but started to get more serious when I was about 11. I always thought I'd be a gymnast, but things changed," she said.

"The thing I remember most about playing in high school was just all the fun we had as a team. We were all close friends and grew up playing ball together. It was a ton of fun. And winning the state championships was a bonus," Palmer said.

The pitcher said she wanted to play at Utah because it is close and she already knows the players. "Amy Houge (Utah coach) is a great coach and coaching is important to me."

mwatson@tooeletranscript.com

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