February 9, 2009

'First-ever' home game Friday at 1 p.m.

Softball Team Wins First Series on Road

Western Nevada College Softball Coach Scott Rasner says the butterflies are gone after his first-year team shut out Colorado Northwestern Community College in a four-game series last weekend in Utah.

Now his team is ready to take on North Idaho College Friday, 1 p.m., at Centennial Park in Carson City. The game will be the Wildcats' first home game in its inaugural season. Doubleheaders are scheduled Friday and Saturday, with the second day's games beginning at noon.

The Wildcats bring in a 4-4 record after being dominated in their opening series Wednesday and Thursday by No. 20 ranked Salt Lake Community College.

Western began its hitting spree Friday in St. George, blasting Colorado Northwestern 8-0 and 13-2 on Friday, then 19-2 and 15-3 on Saturday. Alyson Herman pitched in both Friday games, winning 8-0 in a perfect five-inning effort, and coming back to pitch six innings of relief for Ambar Huish in the second game. Herman, from Santa Monica, Calif., struck out 16 in 11 innings and walked one.

Rasner said fans can look forward to seeing a lot of Herman and Huish (Lowry High School) on the field during the year. "We plan to rely on those two most of the year," the coach said. "Ambar hasn't pitched that much and Alyson has come in as relief, but I think Ambar will be ready to pitch complete games pretty soon."

Herman was equally impressive at the plate with two hits in three at-bats, scoring a run and RBI. In the second game, Alex Arciniega (Spanish Springs), Alisha Perry (Palo Verde), Herman and Ashley Williams (Cottonwood, Calif.) each hit homers.

The offensive onslaught continued on Saturday, with Devin Steelman (Spanish Springs) hitting a grand slam, and Herman again the winning pitcher. Huish and Williams each added a home run. Frances Estrada (Fernley) had two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Herman picked up her fourth win in two days in the nightcap. The run support continued with Arciniega going 2-for-2 with two RBI and Huish getting a pair of hits. Williams had three RBI with two hits and Stephanie Meibert (Spanish Springs) also had two hits.

"We're getting better and better and we think we'll be ready for North Idaho," Rasner said. "We were pretty nervous against Salt Lake, but everyone has stepped it up, and now our players are swinging the bats like they're supposed to. I'm proud of the way they played against Colorado; everyone did real well."

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