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Alli Walker pitching (copy)

Former Portage High School athlete and current Madison Area Technical College pitcher Alli Walker fires a pitch during a game this season. Walker was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American on Wednesday.

Madison Area Technical College’s Alli Walker, a former Portage athlete, added to her award count on Wednesday when she was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American.

Walker, who will take her softball talents to Michigan State after just one season with MATC, is the first player in WolfPack history to receive All-America honors. She was named the North Central Community College Conference Most Valuable Player last month.

“At first, I didn’t really think I would be quite as much at the top as I am, but as the season went on, I started to realize that the team behind me and the offensive team has really helped us get along,” Walker said after being named her conference’s MVP last month. “Every game I pitched, I just went in trying to win every game and pitch as best as I could.”

The 6-foot right-hander did just that, posting a 15-5 record in 26 appearances in her freshman campaign with the WolfPack, helping lead MATC to the NJCAA Division II World Series for the first time ever. Walker compiled a 1.61 earned-run average with 144 strikeouts, setting single-season school records in both categories.

In 126⅓ innings of work, Walker gave up just 101 hits and walked 47 batters. She allowed just 29 earned runs and held opponents to a .210 batting average.