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March 17, 2012

WNCC softball sweeps GateWay Community College 7-3, 7-4

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Western Nebraska Community College softball team found plenty of success in the first day of their Spring Break trip, sweeping a doubleheader from GateWay Community College Wednesday.

In the opener, Bianca Duran scattered nine hits, but struck out three in leading the Cougars a 7-3 win. The second game saw Amanda Jones toss a complete game and the Cougars scored six in the final two innings to scurry past Gateway 7-4.

In the opener, the GateWay was up 3-2 after three innings, but that was when the Cougar bats came alive, scoring twice in the fourth and sixth innings and a single run in the fifth.

WNCC scored twice in the fourth as a Jones hit and error scored Mariah Shepherd and then Danielle Hearn scored on a single by Gabi Palacios for the 4-3 lead.

The Cougars added a single run in the three singles followed by a Kasey Cash sacrifice fly that scored Jocelyn Stubbs. WNCC added two insurance runs in the sixth on four hits, including run-scoring singles by Palacios and Stubbs and a double by Duran.

The Cougars pounded out 13 hits in the contest as Duran went 4-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Palacios also was perfect from the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Shepherd was the only other Cougar with multiple hits with two singles.

Duran went seven innings by giving up nine hits, three runs and striking out three.

GateWay jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead and stymied the Cougars with just two hits, a second-third-inning double by Bree Bitton and a single by Mariah Faifer in the third. WNCC finally cracked the scoreboard with a run in the third. They opened up the game in the sixth and seventh, scoring six runs on eight hits.

In the sixth, Shepherd started things with a double followed by a single by Duran. Stubbs then ripped a run-scoring single. Duran scored the second run to trail 4-3 heading to the seventh.

That was when the Cougars exploded as Hearn led off with a double followed by Sarah Hawryluk singling. Aria Agle then reached on an error that scored pinch-runner Shalese Connary. The Cougars then used their speed as both Haryluk and Agle scored on a Shepherd single. Shepherd scored the final run on a Brandi Percival single.

Jones went seven innings and scattered nine hits while striking out two to get the win.

Offensively, the Cougars pounded out 10 hits. Hawryluk, Shepherd and Bitton all had two hits. Shepherd had a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Bitton had a double.

The Cougars will be back in action Thursday with three games with games at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. against Central Arizona College and Clackamas Community College out of Oregon City, Oregon.


First Game

WNCC 101 212 0 -- 7 13 1

GateWay 201 000 0 -- 3 9 6

WP -- Biance Duran; 2B -- Duran.


Second Game

WNCC 001 002 4 -- 7 10 2

GateWay 120 100 0 -- 4 9 3

WP -- Amanda Jones; 2B -- Mariah Shepherd, Bree Bitton, Danielle Hearn.

WNCC softball goes 1-2 in Spring Break trip on Thursday.

COOLIDGE, Ariz. -- After dropping two one-run games, the Western Nebraska Community College softball team responded with a dazzling pitching performance from Bianca Duran to drop Clackamas Community College 5-2.

WNCC opened the day with two energy-packed losses, falling 1-0 in eight innings to Central Arizona College. The Cougars then dropped a 5-4 contest to Clackamas late afternoon.

In the final game of the night, Duran went all seven innings, scattering nine hits while striking out five and not walking a batter. Duran faced just 31 batters with first-pitch strikes.

Neither team scored a run in the first four innings. In the fifth, the Cougars busted open the offensive with five runs on four hits. Sarah Hawryluk opened the contest with a double to centerfield and scored on a double by Gering's Kayla Romey. Romey came around to score on a dropped fly for a 2-0 lead.

WNCC wasn't through as Kasey Cash and Bree Bitton each had run-scoring singles to push the lead to 5-0.

Clackamas came back and scored twice in the fifth on two hits and an error, but Duran got the last two batters of the inning fly out and ground out.

Offensively, the Cougars pounded out seven hits. Hawryluk and Cash each pounded out two hits each. Cash also had a run scored, RBI, and two stolen bases, while Hawryluk had a run scored, a double, and two stolen bases. Bitton also had two RBIs in the win.

The first two games were also close contests with WNCC having changes to win both. In the Central Arizona contest, Duran struck out six and scattered six hits, before giving up the game-winning run in the eighth inning.

WNCC pounded out just three hits in the contest, but still had changes to scratch across a run, especially in the sixth when Hawryluk singled and Mariah Shepherd reached base after being plunked by a pitch. Jocelyn Stubbs later walked to load the bases, but couldn't get a run across.

Both teams entered the eighth inning scoreless with the international tiebreaker in effect. Mariah Faifer started at second and was sacrificed to third, but was stranded. Central Arizona did the same thing, but scored the winning run with two outs.

Hawrlyuk had two of hits while Cash had the other hit.

The Cougars one-run loss to Clackamas saw a tight contest. Clackamas took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings. WNCC came back to plate four runs in the fourth inning. The runs were supplied Duran and Cash, who each nailed 2-run home runs to put the Cougars up 4-2.

WNCC couldn't hold the lead as Clackamas scored three times in the bottom of the fourth on four hits and an error.

Offensively, Duran led the way with a 1-for-2 contest with a home run and two RBIs, Cash also had a home run and two RBIs.

Amanda Jones took the loss in the circle, going 3 2/3 innings in allowing five runs on six hits. She also struck out two and walked three. Aria Agle finished off the game by scattering two hits with a walk and a strikeout.

WNCC will play three more games on Friday as they open play in the Central Arizona Tournament. The Cougars will face Scottsdale Community College at 9 a.m., followed by Arizona Western College at 11 a.m. and then Howard College at 7 p.m.


First Game

WNCC 000 000 00 -- 0 3 0

Central Ariz. 000 000 01 -- 1 5 1

LP -- Bianca Duran.


Second Game

WNCC 000 400 0 -- 4 6 2
Clackamas 011 200 x -- 5 8 0

LP -- Amanda Jones; HR -- Duran, Kasey Cash.


Third Game

WNCC 000 050 0 -- 5 7 3
Clackamas 000 020 0 -- 2 9 2

WP -- Duran; 2B -- Kayla Romey, Sarah Hawryluk.

WNCC softball falls three times in Arizona tournament

 COOLIDGE, Ariz. -- The Western Nebraska Community College softball team dropped three games on Friday at the Central Arizona tournament.

The Cougars received a stellar pitching performance from Bianca Duran against Arizona Western College, but ended up falling 2-1. The Cougars also dropped a 13-3 contest to Scottsdale Community College and then fell 9-1 to Howard College.

The Arizona Western game went down to the wire. Duran suffered the loss but did everything she could to keep the Cougars in the contest. The freshman right hander tossed six innings in scattering nine hits and allowing just two runs and one earned run. She struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Arizona Western scored their runs early, going up 1-0 in the first inning and then pushing the lead to 2-0 after three.

WNCC sliced the lead in half in the fourth. Kasey Cash started the contest with a double to left field and scored on a Mariah Shepherd 2-out single. The Cougars tried a late run in the seventh as Shepherd singled to start the inning before Bree Bitton earned a 2-out walk but the runners were stranded to end the game.

WNCC managed just four hits in the contest. Shepherd led the way with two hits and an RBI, while Cash and Sarah Hawryluk had the other hits.

In the team's opening game of the day against Scottsdale, the Cougars started strong, only trailing Scottsdale 3-1 after two innings. Scottsdale, however, opened up the game wiht 10 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to earn the win.

WNCC scored a single run in the first as Hawryluk earned a lead-off walk and scored on a 2-out single by Duran. The Cougars didn't score again until the fifth when they plated two runs to cut the deficit in half a again at 6-3. The big hit in the inning was a 2-run home run by Kimmie Widick.

Scottsdale only out-hit the Cougars 7-5, but the difference in the contest was five fielding errors. Widick led the team with a 1-for-2 game with two RBIs, a run scored and a home run. Also collecting singles in the game was Hawryluk, Duran, Danielle Hearn, and Kayla Romey.

Amanda Jones took the loss in the circle, going 3 1/3 innings in allowing five runs on three hits and two walks. Jones allowed just one earned run. Aria Agle tossed 2 2/3 innings giving up eight runs on four hits.

The Cougars wrapped up the day with a loss to Howard College 9-1, where the Cougars managed just two hits. WNCC took the lead against Howard in the third inning as Danielle Hearn and Duran worked 2-out walks. Hearn then came around to score on a Jocelyn Stubbs single for the 1-0 lead.

Howard came back to tie the game with a solo home run by Olive Naotala. Howard broke the game open in the fourth, plating eight runs on seven hits. The big blow was a 3-run home run by Taylor Johnson.

Duran took the loss in the circle tossing 4 1/3 innings in giving up nine runs on eight hits. All the damage came in the fourth and fifth inning as Duran was perfect in the first three innings.

WNCC will wrap up the tournament with two games on Saturday when they face Odessa at 11 a.m. and then El Paso Community College at 1 p.m. After that, they return to Region IX play when they travel to McCook on Wednesday before hosting Trinidad State on Thursday.


Game One

WNCC 100 020 -- 3 5 5

Scottsdale 210 334 -- 13 7 0

LP -- Amanda Jones; HR -- KImmie Widick.


Game Two

WNCC 000 100 0 -- 1 4 1

Arizona Western 101 000 x -- 2 9 0

LP -- Bianca Duran; 2B -- Kasey Cash


Game Three

Howard 000 18 -- 9 10 0

WNCC 001 00 -- 1 2 1

LP -- Duran.

WNCC softball drops two games in Arizona tournament

COOLIDGE, Ariz. -- The Western Nebraska Community College softball team finished off the Central Arizona tournament dropping two more games on Saturday.

In the opener, No. 12 Odessa College scored eight first-inning runs in rolling to the 14-0 win. The second game saw the Cougars allow five fourth-inning runs to fall 7-5.

The Cougars finished the Spring Break trip to Arizona at 3-10, dropping their record to 14-14

WNCC had every opportunity to get the win against El Paso to finish the on an upbeat as they held a 2-0 lead after one as Sarah Hawryluk and Jocelyn Stubbs each scored. the big hit was a double by Mariah Shepherd.

El Paso came storming back with a 5-run fourth inning on five hits. The big hits included a 2-run home run by Emecola Arzola and a 3-run dinger by Erin Quintana for a 5-2 lead.

WNCC came back to slice the lead in the sixth on a Bree Bitton 2-run home run. El Paso came back with two runs n the top of the seventh to add to the lead, 7-4. WNCC had an opportunity to win the game in its last at-bat, scoring one but they ended up leaving the bases loaded.

WNCC finished the contest with five hits and no Cougar had more than one hit. Bitton led the way with a 1-for-3 game with three RBIs and a run scored. Shepherd also finished with an extra base hit, a double, with a RBI.

Duran took the pitching loss, tossing seven innings while scattering 12 hits. Duran struck out four and did not walk a batter.

In the Odessa contest, The Cougars managed just four hits and never got things rolling, as Odessa's Della Saucedo struck out 10 and walked two.

WNCC had singles from Mariah Shepherd, Shalese Connery, Gabi Palacios and Kayla Romey in the loss.

WNCC returns to action with a busy week coming up. The Cougars travel to McCook Community College on Wednesday before hosting Trinidad State Junior College on Thursday, Otero Junior College on Saturday and Lamar Community College on Sunday. All eight games are Region IX contests.


Game 1

Odessa 822 02 -- 14 15 0

WNCC 000 00 -- 0 4 6

LP -- Amanda Jones.


Game 2

El Paso 000 500 2 -- 7 12 1

WNCC (14-14) 200 002 1 -- 5 5 2

LP -- Bianca Duran; 2B -- Mariah Shepherd; HR -- Bree Bitton.

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