March 5, 2012

Wildcats Softball Returns to Carson City March 16-17

WNC Earns First-Ever Win Against Snow

The Western Nevada College softball team beat Snow College for the first time in the program’s history on Friday, March 2, coming from behind for an 8-5 home-opening victory at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City.

After falling behind 4-0, Western answered back in the bottom half of the third inning. With two outs, Alia Cox walked and Jennifer Quam (North Valleys H.S.) got on base with a bunt. Melanie Pfeiffer (Wooster H.S.) then hit to right field to load the bases. Niki DiSera followed with a single that scored Cox and Quam. In the sixth, Ali Lostra (Elko H.S.) led off the decisive inning with a solo home run, Jordan Garcia (Spring Creek H.S) followed with a single to centerfield, and Tori Crowell (Yerington H.S.) added a single. Cox advanced the runners with a sacrifice play, and a hit by Quam loaded the bases. On the next at-bat, Pfieiffer hit to centerfield to bring in Crowell and tie the game, 5-5.

 DiSera popped a sacrifice fly to bring Cox home for the winning score. Freshman pitcher Garcia threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

The Wildcats were poised for a first-day sweep, taking a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning of Friday's second game. Lostra doubled and scored, Pfeiffer stroked an RBI single and Mikaela Henshaw (Wooster H.S.) scored a run to give WNC the early edge. But Snow used a late rally to pull out an 8-3 win.

In the second day of back-to-back doubleheaders, the Badgers won the opening game 16-3, and won 6-2 in game two.

“We made some better adjustments in the second game, but we started off the day flat,” said WNC Coach Leah Wentworth. “Had we started the day off like that, maybe we end up with a split.”

In the opener on Saturday, WNC didn’t go quietly, scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Katirina Rand hit a two-run single to left, scoring Taleas Marble and Emily Nagel (Reno H.S). Marble walked in all three of her plate appearances. Trinity Thom (Yerington H.S.) and Courtney Lange (Wooster H.S.) each hit a double.

In the final game of the series, the Wildcats didn’t record its first hit until the fifth inning when Nagel reached on an infield single with two outs. Jordan Thomas followed with a base hit to center to put runners on the corners. But Snow College kept the score at 3-0 by getting Pfeiffer to ground out to first base. Behind Garcia’s pitching, the Wildcats remained close. After falling behind 3-0, Garcia blanked the Badgers from the third through the fifth inning.

“She did a great job for us, especially after (yesterday) when she struggled to locate the ball,” Wentworth said. “I wish we could have finished with Jordan on the mound because she really was doing a good job.”

WNC battled back in the bottom of the sixth. Ashley Gleason started the rally by placing a hit just past the third base. After Marble walked, Lostra’s base hit to center knocked home Gleason to cut Snow’s lead to 4-1. Lange’s fielder’s choice chased home Marble to make the score 4-2. However, Snow escaped further damage with a double play on a ground ball to third. Snow recovered the two runs in the top of the seventh but was denied more on a spectacular sliding catch by Nagel in left field. WNC made some noise in its final at-bat. The first two Wildcats were retired, but three straight walks brought Marble to the plate with the potential tying run.

“That’s exactly who we’d want up in that situation,” Wentworth said of the former Snow College player. “She has a lot of friends on that team, and so she wouldn’t have wanted anybody else to be in that situation either.”

Western (12-17 overall) heads back on the road for a four-game series at the College of Southern Nevada, beginning Friday, March 9 in Henderson, Nev. The Wildcats return to Carson City for a four-game series against the College of Southern Idaho, Friday-Saturday, March 16-17.

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