May 16, 2012
Henderson sisters land All-Pac 12 softball honors for Cal

Former Sheldon High School softball players and sisters Jolene Henderson and Danielle Henderson, now teammates at top-ranked Cal, have received All-Pacific 12 Conference honors.

Jolene, a junior, repeated as the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Year. Danielle, a third baseman, made the All-Pac 12 Freshman team and also was All-Pac 12 honorable mention.

Jolene is 29-2 with a 1.22 earned run average; Danielle is hitting .299 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs.

"This is really cool and shows how hard my team has worked this year," Jolene Henderson said in a press release. "We'd never win a game if there weren't 20 of us working hard at practice and in our games with our coaches' support. My teammates have been amazing all year - defensively stellar and off the hook when it came to their bats."

In 211.2 innings of work, Henderson has struck out 249 batters and is holding opponents to a .191 batting average. The Elk Grove native has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week five times this spring.

Danielle Henderson didn't miss a beat after leading Sheldon to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title and being named Bee Softball Player of the Year last season at Sheldon.

In addition to her solid work at the plate, Henderson has made only two errors at third base.

"It's really flattering to have received this award, and it's definitely encouragement to keep working hard," Danielle Henderson said. "But there's always room for improvement, and my team has definitely pushed me to keep improving. Therefore, this award should be given to the team for always persevering."

Cal is hosting a first-round NCAA Regional playoff tournament this weekend.

The Golden Bears (50-4) will play Iona (35-24) 7 p.m. Friday. Arkansas (27-26) and Boston University (40-14) play at 5 p.m.

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