Western Nevada College equaled an all-time best with three players being selected to the Region 18 softball team.
During a Scenic West Athletic Conference coaches meeting on May 6, WNC sophomores Madi Gonzalez and Heather Septon and freshman Katilyn Covione were chosen to the second team.
â€œThey are most-deserving,â€ said WNC coach Leah Wentworth. â€œThey worked really hard.â€
Gonzalez (Lowry High School, Winnemucca) served as the Wildcatsâ€™ leadoff hitter for the most of the season, fueling the teamâ€™s offense.
Entering the postseason, Gonzalez led the team with a .340 overall batting average. She produced a team-leading 53 hits and was second in stolen bases (eight), runs scored (28) and doubles (10). She also hit two home runs.
In SWAC games, Gonzalez batted .351 with 24 runs scored, 46 hits, nine doubles two homers and 18 RBI.
Gonzalez also made a successful defensive position switch from second baseman to center fielder her sophomore season.
Septon (Mountain View High School, Orem, Utah) became the Wildcatsâ€™ everyday catcher and a reliable contact hitter.
Before the Wildcatsâ€™ started the Region 18 Tournament on Wednesday, Septon was tied for the overall team lead with six home runs and was the clubâ€™s top RBI producer with 29. Septonâ€™s on-base average is .395, also tops on the team, and she has knocked out 10 doubles and walked 17 times.
Her .320 batting average is third on the team. In SWAC games, Septon has done most of her power hitting with five homers and 27 RBI.
Covione (Concord, Calif.) developed into the feared freshman in the Wildcatsâ€™ lineup. The second baseman has hit eight home runs, counting one in each of the teamâ€™s first two regional tournament games. She entered the postseason hitting .314 with nine doubles and 23 RBI.
Covione also picked up four wins in the circle during the regular season as she became the Wildcatsâ€™ No. 2 starting pitcher behind sophomore Carlee Beck.
Covione hit .309 in SWAC games and rattled pitchers with five homers and five doubles.