After a weekend sweep of the Western Nevada College softball team by the No. 3 ranked Salt Lake Community College Bruins, one might think that spirits on the WNC bench would be low. Au contraire.
Coach Leah Wentworth said her team has improved immensely since being dominated by the Scenic West Conference leaders in February's season opener. Halfway through the season, the Wildcats are now playing competitively against every team they play, and actually led the Bruins several times during the four-game stand.
"We had them sweating today," Wentworth said after Saturday's doubleheader. The Wildcats lost 8-2 in the opener, but jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the second game before ending 4-2.
In game one, WNC was led by shortstop Melanie Pfeiffer who hit 1-2 with two runs scored, second baseman Jordan Thomas who hit 2-3, centerfielder Niki DiSera who batted 1-3 with an RBI, and right-fielder Sarah Cudahy who was 1-3.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats collected 10 hits from seven players - Shortstop Megan Hein went 2-4 with a run and an RBI; catcher Pfeiffer collected one hit and a run; pitcher Ashley Hall went 2-2 with an RBI; third baseman Cudahy hit 2-4, and Thomas, first baseman Tori Hynick, and rightfielder Cassie Vondrak each had a hit.
"We never stopped fighting," Wentworth said. "We had opportunities up until the last inning in the second game. We just came up short."
In Friday's doubleheader, the Wildcats were shut out 5-0 and 8-0, but had the bases loaded in the opener, and held the Bruins scoreless for several innings.
Wentworth said her team has struggled with staying competitive throughout the rugged four-game series that are played in the SWAC. But this weekend, the maturation of the team showed.
WNC heads to Rangely, Colorado, this weekend to face Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Press Release: April 5, 2011
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