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Webb Hits Her Way Into Harrison Record Books

Harrison centerfielder Jenna Webb put an exclamation point on an incredible senior season this week, passing former teammate Jessica Magnotta as the school's all-time hits leader.

In her mind, there was nothing special about Jenna Webb's record-breaking single Tuesday against Briarcliff. As the ball left her bat and landed in right field, it was no different than the 127 other hits she's spread over varsity fields over the last four years.

It wasn't until she arrived at first base and received a congratulatory handshake from head coach Dean Marino that the senior centerfielder realized she was now Harrison's all-time career hits leader.

"I actually didn't want to know how close I was or anything," Webb said after smacking another two hits Thursday afternoon during Harrison's victory over Byram Hills, bringing her career total to 130. "I didn't want to keep thinking about that."

The hit puts an exclamation point on what has been an amazing season for Webb. The senior has led a powerful Harrison offensive attack during this season while breaking through as one of the best offensive players anywhere. She leads New York State with more than 45 RBI this season, dwarfing the previous Harrison single-season record.

 "I don't think anybody will ever break that record in a long time," Marino said, adding that Webb is also the school leader in several other statistical categories.

But the career hits record is an important one for Webb. After emerging as a starter her freshman year, she has worked hard each season to become the player she is today. 

"It's a really big deal," Webb said. "I've worked really hard to try and get to where I am now."

The Huskies are no strangers to record-breaking performers. The hits record was set only a year ago by Jessica Magnotta, now an infielder for Manhattanville College. Breaking a former teammates record, Webb said, makes reaching the mark even more special.

"Jess is a great player and still is," Webb said. "For me to get to where she was is pretty cool."

Tasked this year with leading a Harrison team that's relied more on a powerful offensive attack than years past, Webb has focused a lot of her effort teaching younger players her successful approach. Her key, she said, is staying positive with her approach at the plate.

"I'm just trying to stay consistent with my at-bats, just trying to relax," she said. "If I make a bad out, just try and let it go and move on."

With the Section I playoffs right around the corner, Harrison has hopes for a post-season run. A section championship has been a goal for the Huskies for years now, and this year is no exception.

"We've just got to be mentally ready, mentally focused and come through and play big," Webb said.

For those big moments, it never hurts to have a career hits leader on your side.

Mark Rinaldi May 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Way to go J-Webb, Congrats!

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