On a snowy weekend that sent the Western Nevada College softball team 60 miles east in search of playable fields, the Wildcats won their first series, 2-1. WNC earned two wins Saturday over the Spartans of Colorado Northwestern Community College, before dropping the final contest on Sunday.
The Wildcats were hot on Saturday, topping CNCC 9-5 and 9-7. Coach Leah Wentworth had said last week that the team would be working to make corrections after a tough opening series against NJCAA No. 3 Salt Lake Community College. On Saturday, they did just that, pounding 26 hits against the Spartans.
"Overall, our hitting was good," said Coach Leah Wentworth. "We were able to put some power behind the ball." On Sunday, though, "We gave up too many opportunities in pitching and errors that we shouldn't have," she said.
In the series opener, Melanie Pfeiffer (Wooster H.S) was unstoppable at bat, a perfect 4-4. She slugged two singles, a double and a triple, and earned two RBIs. Niki DiSera went 3-4, with two doubles and a triple, producing four RBIs. Ashley Hall slapped an RBI double, and Jordan Thomas added an RBI triple. Sarah Cudahy had a single and a double, and Carson High alums Cassie Vondrak and Megan Hein each had singles.
The Wildcats' bats stayed alive in game two. Vondrak smacked a home run and a single to earn three RBIs. Ashley Gleason had two singles, a double and one RBI. Hein earned two RBIs off two singles. Pfeiffer, DiSera, Hall, Thomas (RBI), Cudahy (two RBIs), and Mikeala Henshaw (Wooster H.S) each grabbed singles.
Pitcher Vondrak got the win in game one, striking out eight batters. Jamie Klopatek, started and earned the win in game two. She struck out two batters, and was relieved by Vondrak, who pitched three more strikeouts.
On Sunday, Western fell to the Spartans 8-16. Pfeiffer hit an RBI double and a double, and a double by DiSera netted two RBIs. Hall smacked a home run, and Hein, Gleason and Cudahy each slapped RBI singles. A triple by Vondrak and a single by Thomas rounded out the hits for the Wildcats. Vondrak took the loss.
"It hurt us offensively to be away from our home field," Wentworth said. "We were hitting with good contact, and may have been able to realize some home runs had we been at Edmonds."
This week, she said, "We need to continue to work on our performance under pressure. We'll be looking to get outside so we can work on pushing the defensive outside their comfort zone. Offensively, we'll be working on higher velocity hitting in preparation for North Idaho."
Western will host North Idaho College, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26. The four-game series is scheduled for Friday and Saturday afternoon, at Edmonds Field No. 1 in Carson City. However, the games could be moved in the case of inclement weather.
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