Western Nevada College softball program welcomes a talented and energetic recruiting class for a promising 2015 season.
Behind the efforts of second-year assistant coach Bethany Henry-Herman, WNC put together its largest recruiting class ever. The Wildcats have signed 24 players, including four transfers from southern Nevada.
â€œWe are extremely excited about the upcoming season. We feel that we were fortunate enough to recruit some of the best athletes from Southern and Northern Nevada, California and Utah,â€ Henry-Herman said. â€œWe have uncovered some ‘diamonds in the rough’ and believe that many of our athletes should be at the next level.â€
Katilyn Covione is the lone Wildcat returning from last yearâ€™s club that produced the programâ€™s most successful postseason to date.
â€œThe freshman class is a mixture of speed, power hitting and defensive talent,â€ Henry-Herman said. â€œThe sophomore class of transfers and our one returner bring an abundance of leadership and knowledge, having seen the level of competition in this conference.â€
One area that Henry-Herman and coach Leah Wentworth focused on addressing in the offseason was depth. Last season, the Wildcats were hard-pressed to field nine players for the postseason because of injuries and attrition. Of particular importance to the coaches was adding more depth in the circle.
â€œOne of the things we have always struggled with is depth on the mound, so coming into this season with eight strong pitchers that each bring something different to the table should keep this power-hitting conference off-balance.â€
WNCâ€™s 2014-15 recruiting class include:
â€¢ Samantha Bell, freshman outfielder, Granite Bay, Calif.; Del Oro High School: Batted .333 during her senior year.
â€¢ Anysa Calderon: freshman catcher/outfielder, Henderson, Nev.; Green Valley HS: Earned her teamâ€™s defensive player of the year award and received league honorable mention in 2014. Played for the 2013 regional championship team.
â€¢ Kelsie Callahan, freshman infielder/outfielder, Fernley: Fernley HS: Hit .417, knocked in 41 runs and delivered 23 extra-base hits, including seven homers, during her senior year with the Vaqueros.
â€¢ Gabriella Canibeyaz, freshman shortstop, Henderson, Nev.; Foothill HS: Averaged .333 at the plate while knocking in 14 runs and scoring 17 runs as a senior. She had seven extra-base hits, including six doubles.
â€¢ Briauna Carter, freshman catcher/pitcher, Salt Lake City; Kearns HS: Led the state of Utah in slugging percentage while hitting better than .600 with 12 homers as a senior.
â€¢ Kacie Freudenberger: freshman third baseman/outfielder, Lehi, Utah; Lehi HS: Helped lead Lehi to the Utah 5A state title as a senior. Was chosen first-team all-region as a junior and second-team all-region as a senior.
â€¢ Kristina George, freshman pitcher/second baseman, Hooper, Utah: Fremont HS: Posted an 11-4 record in the circle during her 2014 season at Fremont and was a member of the 16-and-under gold champion Utah Chaos club team in the Triple Crown World Series in Park City.
â€¢ Kathryn Gonzales, freshman third baseman, Sparks; Bishop Manogue High School: Hit .281 with a .303 on-base average as a junior and captained the 2014 Miners.
â€¢ Britni Greninger, freshman third baseman/outfielder, Sparks; Reed HS: Hit .410 with 22 RBI as a senior at Reed. Earned first-team all-state third baseman in 2013 and 2014. Provided four hits, including a homer, in Reedâ€™s 2013 Division I North Championship doubleheader sweep.
â€¢ Bailey Henderson, catcher/outfielder, Fernley; Fernley HS: Put up large power numbers while still hitting for average as a senior. She batted .413 with 13 extra-base hits, 43 runs scored and 39 RBI for the Nevada 1-A state runner-up.
â€¢ Makaylee Jaussi, freshman infielder, Eagle Mountain Utah: Riverton HS: Through part of the fall schedule, she was leading the team in batting (.625) and stolen bases. Helped Riverton to a 17-9 record and a postseason berth in 2014 while earning first-team all-region.
â€¢ Kaitlyn Jimmy, freshman pitcher, Carson City: Carson HS: Made 19 appearances for the Senators in 2014, finishing with a 4.79 ERA and 2-4 record.
â€¢ Sheyenne Keesler, freshman infielder/outfielder, Riverdale, Utah; Bonneville HS: Made second-team all-state as a senior and played for the 2014 4-A state runner-up.
â€¢ Druellie Kierstead, freshman infielder, Kearns, Utah; Kearns HS: Batted .279 with four doubles and two homers as a senior. Captained her team for three seasons.
â€¢ Triniece Lesky, freshman shortstop, Vallejo, Calif.; Vallejo HS: Provided a .351 batting average, 16 runs, six doubles and three triples during her senior season. She served as team captain for two years and was all-league for two seasons.
â€¢ Lauren Lesniak, sophomore catcher, Las Vegas; Chaparral HS; College of Southern Nevada: Hit .333 in 44 games for College of Southern Nevada last season. She hit two homers and knocked in 23 runs.
â€¢ Nicole Lesniak, sophomore pitcher, Las Vegas: Chaparral HS; College of Southern Nevada: Posted a 7-5 record and a 3.93 earned run average for the Coyotes last season.
â€¢ Chelsea Lloyd, freshman pitcher, Pioche, Nev.: Lincoln County HS: Topped Nevada with 19 home runs in 2014 as Lincoln County won the state title. She was selected as state and Southern Division MVP.
â€¢ Melanie Mecham, freshman outfielder, West Valley, Utah; Juan Diego Catholic HS: Three-sport standout for four seasons at Juan Diego who helped guide her team to the 2014 state playoffs. She started all four seasons on the diamond.
â€¢ Dakota Robinson, freshman pitcher/outfielder, Newcastle, Utah; Enterprise HS: Helped lead Enterprise to the 2A state title game. She had a 1.90 ERA and 17-4 record and 144 strikeouts as a junior while earning the 2Aâ€™s MVP award.
â€¢ Hannah Russo, sophomore infielder, Henderson, Nev.; Foothill HS; College of Southern Nevada: Appeared in 22 games for College of Southern Nevada last season after hitting nearly .250 during her senior campaign with a Foothill team that won 25 games. She was part of two regional titles and a state runner-up team.
â€¢ Pamela Sakuma, sophomore outfielder, Henderson, Nev.; Foothill HS; College of Southern Nevada: Had a .214 batting average and scored nine runs in 25 games for College of Southern Nevada in 2014. Played varsity all four seasons at Foothill and was a member of the 2009 state champion team.
â€¢ Sadee Sorensen, freshman pitcher/first baseman, Centerfield, Utah; Gunnison Valley HS: Hit .413 as a senior while driving in 17 runs. Named second-team all-state as a senior and junior and honorable mention as a sophomore.
â€¢ Tyra Tyler, freshman shortstop, Vallejo, Calif.; Berkeley HS: Hit .408 with nine extra base hits as a senior. Selected to West Alameda County Conference second team and was a two-year varsity captain.