March 4, 2009

WNC scores more runs in losses

Softball Team Has Growing Pains

Western Nevada's softball team knows what it has to do to be competitive: play great defense behind a thin pitching staff, and pound the ball when it's their turn at bat.

Playing at home last weekend, the Wildcats avoided errors for the most part, but the team was on the receiving end of an offensive barrage, losing four games to nationally ranked College of Southern Nevada. Scores were 17-1 and 16-7 on Friday and 12-7 and 16-5 on Saturday. However, there were bright signs in that the Wildcats played their first error free game in 12 games, and scored an impressive number of runs. Holding opposing teams has been a problem with only a two-person pitching staff.

"I'm very proud of our team," Coach Scott Rasner said. "It's our first season, and they played great this weekend; they've come a long way. It's a matter of time before we surprise a few teams in the conference."

Rasner credited CSN and their offense. "They out-hit us with several home runs, but we played solidly for three out of the four games. We're getting runs and we just have to work on our hitting and defense with the ultimate goal of outscoring opponents and getting them to chase us. So far, we're doing the chasing."

Ambar Huish leads Western in batting with a .349 average and hit a grand slam on Friday.

On Saturday, Western briefly went ahead in the fifth inning of the first game 7-5, but Southern Nevada battled back with three runs for a 12-7 final score. The second game was also a strong one for Southern Nevada, winning 16-5.

For the season the Lady Wildcats are 4-16, and travel to College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls this weekend.

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