Softball season comes to an end

The #3 seed Lady Cardinals softball team fell to #4 seed College of Southern Nevada, 8-5, to end the season in the Region 18 tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho.  For the second time in 3 games the Lady Cardinals fell behind by 4 runs in the first inning, only this time the Cardinals couldn’t complete the comeback. After falling behind 4-0, NIC tied the game in the 3rd inning with three home runs. Kylene Hatton started the comeback with a two run jack, and Maddie Anthony and Hayley Fields hit solo shots to tie the game. After giving up two runs to CSN in the 4th, the Cardinals scored on an RBI single by Anthony to trail 6-5 going into the final inning. Two unearned runs scored by CSN in the top of the 7th ended the scoring and the season, as the Cardinals stranded two runners on base in the bottom of the 7th. For the game All-Region selection Maddie Anthony finished 3-4 with her third home run in as many games, and outfielder Hayley Fields finished 4-4.

In earlier games, the Lady Cardinals opened tournament play against #6 seed Western Nevada with a 10-6 victory. The Cards rallied from a 4-0 deficit with a display of power led by Anthony (3-3 with a home run and two doubles) and Hayden Fields (2-4, with 5 RBIs). Teadora Parker was also 3-3, and Hayley Fields was 2-4 and scored 2 runs.

In the second round against NJCAA #17 ranked Salt Lake CC, the Cardinals got solid pitching, but couldn’t get the bats going in a 4-1 loss. Despite only giving up 6 hits, the Cardinals could only muster a solo home run from Anthony and stranded 4 base runners. The low scoring game was still 2-1 in the 5th and the Cardinals couldn’t get a timely hit with runners in scoring position. The finished the game with only 5 hits in a rare offensive inefficiency. The Lady Cardinals finished the season at 37-23 overall, and 31-18 in the SWAC.

The host team #4 ranked College of Southern Idaho will face Salt Lake CC for the Region 18 championship on Saturday, and the automatic berth to the NJCAA national tournament in St. George, UT.

Lady Cardinals honored as All-Region selections

The NIC Lady Cardinals Softball team was well represented on the All Region team selected by the Scenic West Athletic Conference coaches at the Region 18 tournament this week in Twin Falls, Idaho.

First team honors went to freshman pitcher Miranda Powless (Colton, California), freshman third baseman Madison Anthony (Vancouver, Washington), and sophomore outfielder Kylene Hatton (Simi Valley, California). Freshman infielder Marissa Tarin (Winchester, California) earned second team honors. The NIC Lady Cardinals finished in third place in the SWAC regular season with a record of 30-16.

TWIN FALLS - Below is a complete list of Region 18 selections.

1st Team Battery
Brandi Hall (CSI) (Pitcher of the Year)
Miranda Powless (NIC)
KyRae Kogianes (SLCC)
Belle Stoddard (Snow)
2nd Team Battery
Megan Mello (CSN)
Whitney Littledike (CSI)
1st Team Infield
Aubrey Whitmer (CSI)
Mikela Manewa (CSN)
Kayla Carter (CSI)
Megan Bradshaw (SLCC)
Maddie Anthony (NIC)
2ndTeam Infield
Kenzie Rasmussen (Snow)
Amanda Cook (CNCC)
Sarina Creswell (CSN)
Marissa Tarin (NIC)
Heather Septon (WNC)
1st Team Outfield
Ariel Frantz (CSN) (Player of the Year)
Amanda Sheets (CSI)
Nicole Weiss (Snow)
Kylene Hatton (NIC)
2nd Team Outfield
Megan Reed (SLCC)
Carley White (CSI)
Madi Gonzalez (WNC)
Designated Player 1st Team
Riana Splinter (SLCC)
Designated Player 2nd Team
Mia Acuna (CSN)
Utility Player 1st Team
Sierra Whitmer (CSI)
Utility Player 2nd Team
Katilyn Covione (WNC)
Coach of the Year
Nick Baumert


Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014

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