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WC softball looks back on successful 2019 season

Once again the Weatherford College Coyotes softball team represented themselves and their faithful well. Sure, they ultimately came up short of returning to the NJCAA Division I Championships, but not before making a good run in the Region V North Tournament, which they hosted at Stuart Field.

The Coyotes went 3-2 in the tournament, finishing third behind defending national champion Temple – which is making a return to the national tournament – and North Central Texas College.

In all, the Coyotes posted a 34-21 overall record, including 19-13 in the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (fourth place). They still have not had a losing season since beginning play in 2012.

This season the Coyotes got off to a 9-0 start, earning a spot in the national rankings. That was also their longest win streak, while the longest losing streak was five.

The roster featured 10 sophomores and 10 freshmen. Among those, sophomore shortstop Eliza Eberhard was named first-team All-Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference for a second straight season after setting the career record for steals with 48, including 31 this season.

Two other sophomores, pitcher Casson Rasmussen and outfielder Amanda Vallejo were named to the second team, while freshmen Kristin Kamnick and Stephanie Jimenez were also on the second team at first base and in the infield, respectively.

“We battled all year and had ups and downs. We never quite had the consistency game-in and game-out that we would’ve liked, but we competed,” Head Coach Haylee Williams said. “We are bringing some key pieces back next year and adding a very solid freshmen class.”

Williams led the Coyotes to the NJCAA Championships in 2013.

Coyotes Softball Recap

  • Overall record: 34-21
  • Conference record: 19-13, fourth
  • Home record: 16-8
  • Road/neutral record: 18-13
  • Record in conference tourney: 3-2, third place
  • Longest win streak: 9
  • Longest losing streak: 5
  • Most runs scored in a game: 20-1 victory at Hill College on March 13
  • Scored 15 or more runs: 6 times
  • Scored 10 or more runs: 10 times
  • Shutouts: 3
  • Surrendered 2 or less runs: 20 times
  • Team batting average: .318
  • Home runs: 56
  • Doubles: 100
  • Triples: 13
  • Walks received: 159
  • Stolen bases: 91 (112 attempts)
  • Earned run average: 3.38
  • Strikeouts by pitchers: 177
  • Walks by pitchers: 129

Individual Leaders

  • Batting average (minimum 90 at-bats): Stephanie Jimenez, fr., .418; Mattye Tyler, fr., .387; Amanda Vallejo, soph., .345
  • Home runs: Kristin Kamnick, fr., 13 (tied for fourth in conference); Jimenez, 9; Eliza Eberhard, soph., 8
  • Triples: Eberhard, 7; Marisa Cruz, soph., 2; Morgan Page, soph., 1; Peyton Salmon, soph., 1; Allie Arnold, soph., 1; Vallejo, 1
  • Doubles: Page, 16; Cruz, 13; Vallejo, 13
  • Hits: Eberhard, 61; Jimenez, 59; Page, 55
  • RBI: Jimenez, 51; Page, 44; Kamnick, 34
  • Walks: Kamnick, 28; Page, 23; Eberhard, 22
  • Hit by pitch: Cruz, 11; Mylonee Bacerra, soph., 8; Page, 5
  • Stolen bases-attempts: Eberhard, 31-34 (third in conference); Cruz, 25-25; Kamnick, 9-9
  • On-base percentage: Jimenez, .465; Kamnick, .443; Page, .419
  • Slugging percentage: Jimenez, .681; Kamnick, .671; Tyler, .581
  • Pitching victories-losses: Casson Rasmussen, soph., 14-9 (fourth in conference); Natalie Trujillo, fr., 9-5; Tyler, 6-1
  • Earned run average (minimum 30 innings pitched): Trujillo, 3.19 (fourth in conference); Rasmussen, 3.23 (fifth in conference); Tyler, 4.01
  • Saves: Rasmussen, 1; Trujillo, 1; Tyler, 1
  • Innings pitched: Rasmussen, 158.1; Trujillo, 125; Tyler, 36.2
  • Strikeouts: Trujillo, 81; Rasmussen, 79; Tyler, 14

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