Western Nevada College softball fans wonâ€™t have to wait until spring to see the 2014-15 Wildcats in action.
WNC has scheduled three home doubleheader scrimmages against Northern California teams, starting Saturday with a noon twin bill against Feather River College at Edmonds Sports Complex in south Carson City.
â€œFans are welcome to watch the games (for free) and give us some support out there,â€ said WNC softball coach Leah Wentworth.
The Wildcats will host Shasta College of Redding, Calif., for a twin bill on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 1 p.m., and Butte College of Oroville, Calif., Oct. 11, starting at 10 a.m. Wentworth is also working on a four-team tournament September 27-28 at Edmonds that will include the Nevada Lightning and possibly the Utah Predators.
Sporting a roster with many new players, the fall scrimmage schedule provides coaching staff with opportunities to evaluate the team.
During a three-day tournament Sept. 5-7 in Tooele, Utah, the Wildcats played a variety of club teams, including the Salt Lake City Pegasus, X Factor, Sliders, TC Thunder, Legacies, Las Vegas Rebels and the Utah Roadrunners.
â€œThere were a lot of positives and so far, they are showing great chemistry,â€ Wentworth said. â€œThey all have a really good attitude whether they were playing or not,â€
Briauna Carter, who led the state of Utah in home runs in her final prep season, was recruited by the Wildcats at last yearâ€™s tournament. Carter delivered a mammoth homer in Tooele, and Tyra Tyler hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats over a two-game span. Wentworth said she believes that freshman infielder Makaylee Jaussi will give the Wildcats the type of speed that Jenny Quam brought in 2012-13.
Seven of the Wildcatsâ€™ eight pitchers were able to work in the circle during the tournament, giving the coaching staff a chance to see them in game situations and determine areas that they can improve.
â€œWe have a lot of depth right now, which is great,â€ Wentworth said. â€œItâ€™ll be exciting to see where we are going to end up at the end of the semester. We are deeper than weâ€™ve ever been and thatâ€™s going to make us better in conference play.â€
WNC will cap its fall scrimmage season with an October 25-26 weekend series against College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif.
To prepare for the fall season, the Wildcats spent several weeks practicing before holding an intrasquad game on August 29. Carter highlighted the scrimmage with a first-inning home run to center field.
Last spring, the Wildcats advanced to the third day of the Region 18 tournament, beating Colorado Northwestern Community College and Snow College. Returning pitcher/infielder Katilyn Covione led the Wildcats with a home run in each of WNCâ€™s postseason games.
Fans can see the Wildcatsâ€™ fall roster at www.wnc.edu/athletics/softball.
Wildcats Fall Scrimmage Schedule
Sept 5-7 Tooele, Utah, tournament
Sept 13 vs. Feather River, noon and 2 p.m.
Sept 20 vs. Shasta, 1 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 27-28 Nevada Lightning (tournament), TBA
Oct 11 vs. Butte College, 10 a.m. and noon
Oct 25-26 at College of the Siskiyous, Weed, Calif.
Note: Home scrimmages are at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City.