Sophomore pitcher Carlee Beck focused her offseason training on being able to pitch complete games for the Wildcats. Thatâ€™s just what she did on Friday in leading Western Nevada College to a 5-1 season-opening softball victory over Gulf Coast in Henderson, Nev.
Beck scattered nine hits and struck out six Commodores to earn the complete-game win.
It marked the first time in the programâ€™s six-year history that WNC has won its season opener.
Cara McCarthy had one of the Wildcatsâ€™ four hits, a double, and scored twice. Katelyn Bomar, Jenny Rechel and Katilyn Covione each contributed a hit for the Wildcats.
WNC scored four times in the first inning. McCarthyâ€™s fielderâ€™s choice sent home Bomar to tie the score at 1, and Rechel put the Wildcats ahead for good with a base hit that plated Makenzie Hospodka. McCarthy scored the third run of the inning on a passed ball, and Covioneâ€™s single plated Rechel to cap the rally.
McCarthy also scored on a passed ball in the third inning after leading off with a double.
WNC began Saturdayâ€™s rematch with Gulf Coast in identical fashion, scoring four runs in the first frame but lost a slugfest 17-8. Gulf Coast scored five times in the second inning and nine in the fifth to pull away.
Covione and Heather Septon homered for WNC. Covione was 2 for 4 with three RBI, while Hospodka, Septon and McCarthy also delivered two hits.
Beck started in the circle for the Wildcats, but reliever Lindsey Ashbaugh took the defeat.
WNC finished the day by dropping a 13-4 decision to Arizona Western.
McCarthy and Madi Gonzalez ignited the Wildcatsâ€™ offense with two hits apiece.
Ashbaugh worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs. Covione took the loss in relief.