Quam Makes First Team; Marble, Pfeiffer on Second Team
There were a lot of firsts for the Western Nevada College softball team in the fourth year of the program.
The Wildcats defeated the Scenic West Athletic Conference's top team, Salt Lake Community College, for the first time. WNC put together its first 20-win season. Western Nevada even had the top base stealer in the conference, as well as being among the top 10 base thieves in the country.
And for the first time in program history, the Wildcats placed players on the All-Region 18 softball team. Freshman outfielder Jennifer Quam was chosen to the first team, while sophomore third baseman Taleas Marble and sophomore shortstop Melanie Pfeiffer made the second team.
"We've nominated players before, but we've never received actual selection on the teams," said WNC Interim Coach Rosie Contri. "WNC has set records this year, and all this comes from the leadership provided by Coach Leah Wentworth. She does an amazing job."
Quam from North Valleys High School in Reno became the first WNC player to be selected by coaches to the region's first team. Quam was the consummate leadoff hitter, getting on base 42.2 percent of the time. She was second on the Wildcats with a .345 batting average and topped the team with 70 hits.
Once on base, Quam put opposing infielders on edge with her ability to steal. She obliterated the school record with 55 steals in 59 attempts during the regular season, placing her sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association with a 93.22 percent success rate. Quam added two more steals in the postseason, giving her 57 for the season.
"They just couldn't throw her out," Contri said.
In becoming the first WNC players to earn second-team all-region honors, Marble and Pfeiffer were reliable and consistent performers that Wentworth and Contri could depend on.
Marble of Corinne, Utah, demonstrated wasn't a typical power hitter; she also could hit for average. She batted a team-leading .391 with a school-record 16 homers, which tied her for fourth in the conference, and 11 doubles. Marble also was, by far, the Wildcats' biggest RBI producer, leading the team with 52. In addition, her .764 slugging average was sixth best in the conference.
Pfeiffer, a Wooster High (Reno) product, was the only shortstop selected to either the first or second team, according to Contri. Her steady play at the crucial middle infield spot anchored the Wildcats' defense. In addition to hitting .305, Pfeiffer scored 37 runs and tied Marble for the team lead with three triples.
ALL-REGION 18 SOFTBALL TEAMS
MaCauley Flint, SLCC (Pitcher of the Year); Nellie Makings, CSI; Shelby Carter, NIC; Ariel Zimmerman, SLCC; Maddy Woodard, SLCC (Player of the Year); Nikki Brailsford, CSI; Savanah Webster, SLCC; Alicia Firelein, CSN; Patti Ferguson, CSI; Malia Campos, SLCC; Trina Gomez, SLCC; Jennifer Quam, WNC; Kelsey Simmonds, Snow; Kylee Hogue, CSI.
Katie Greenberg, Snow; Jessi Duncan, CSI Alle Carter, Snow; Ashley Moon, NIC; Taleas Marble, WNC; Tiuli Felise, CSN; Melanie Pfeiffer, WNC; Amber Myers, NIC; Tyler Wilkinson, CSI; Lianne Bajarin, CSN; Nicole Atkinson, NIC; Meagan Nielson, SLCC.
Coach of the year
Mary Kay Amicone, SLCC.
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