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Minutewomen benefit from veteran leadership

In her largely anonymous success and fierce devotion to the game, UMass catcher KJ Kelley unquestionably represents the best the college game has to offer.

Updated: May 23, 2006, 3:24 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

AMHERST, Mass. -- Even though it's frequently hidden behind a catcher's mask, KJ Kelley's freckled visage is the face of college softball, 25 years after the first NCAA Tournament.

The University of Massachusetts senior isn't the best player in the nation. She might not even be the best catcher in the country, although a strong case could be made that she belongs in the conversation with Emily Zaplatosch, Becky Marx and others.

But in her largely anonymous success and fierce devotion ...

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