WVC Knights Softball News
WVC Softball: Knights after 10th straight region title
by Doug Flanagan / College Sports, Wenatchee World
Printed March 23, 2015
Wenatchee World Article
WENATCHEE – So how does one go about building the longest-lasting dynasty in the history of the Northwest Athletic Conference? For Wenatchee Valley College softball coach Shelly Pflugrath, the answer to that has always revolved around her ability and the ability of her players to willfully detach themselves from the wins, the losses, the championships, the disappointments, and focus on things that they consider to be more important. Take the start of this year, for example. WVC has won the last nine straight East Region championships. No other team in any sport has ever won that many consecutive region titles in the history of the NWAC. But the team knows that the best way to win No. 10 is by not focusing exclusively on that nice, round number. “Our goal is to be the best team we can be,” Pflugrath said. “A lot of things are out of your .. Click to read more. (NOTE: log-in may be required to view the full article).
Pflugrath wins 500th game of WVC career
College Sports, Wenatchee World
Printed March 22, 2015
Wenatchee World Article
PENDLETON, Ore. — Shelly Pflugrath coached the 700th game of her decorated Wenatchee Valley College softball career in the first game of the Knights’ road doubleheader against Blue Mountain on Saturday.
Pflugrath hit another milestone in the second game.
WVC’s 27-4 win in the nightcap marked Pflugrath’s 500th victory.
“I’m proud of it,” Pflugrath said. “It’s a testament to how hard I’ve worked to bring quality kids into the program more than anything. It’s humbling. I never intended to coach this long, quite honestly. I didn’t have a game plan going into it. It makes me really grateful because fantastic kids have chosen to come play for me.”
Pflugrath has led WVC to nine consecutive Northwest Athletic Conference East Region titles and the 2013 NWAC championship.
“When I think about it, I can count on one hand the number of days that we haven’t gotten (the players’) best effort,” she said. “The 500 wins are a product of how hard we’ve worked and how much we care about each other.” Click to read more. (NOTE: log-in may be required to view the full article).
|Seven amazing sophomores gave our program every thing they had for the past two years...their reward?
2 Eastern Region Championships...2 NWAACC tournament trophies...a victory in every game they played on their home field...teammates who respect and love them and a Coach who couldn't be more proud. Well done Dani, Kinley, Hess, Rambo, Becky, Mel and Marie!
Knights fastpitch awards 2013
WVC Knights fastpitch celebrated their ninth consecutive year as Eastern Region Champions in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). The Knights returned to the NWAACC Tournament in Portland, Ore., where they placed fourth.
Several players received honors and awards at the end of their season.
Those named to the Eastern Region All-Stars First Team include Liz Crookes, pitcher; Melanie Swanson, catcher; infielders Haley Hess, Iris Rodriguez and Becky Wall; Ashley Wilkey, outfielder; and Julia Rambo, utility. Players named to the All-Stars Second Team include Kinley Pope, infielder; Ashleigh Lynch, outfielder; and Sidney Hazen, DH/DP.
Five of the Knights sophomores qualified for the NWAACC Academic Leadership Award and will continue their education: Kinley Pope, Carroll College; Julia Rambo, College of Idaho; Melanie Swanson, Central Washington University; Dani Swiegard, University of Colorado; and Becky Wall, WVC Nursing Program. The following sophomores are also continuing to four-year schools: Haley Hess will attend Eastern Oregon University, and Marie Beagle will go to Central Washington University.
In addition, five fastpitch players were named to the NWAACC All-Academic Sports Team for spring quarter: Kinley Pope, Julia Rambo, Melanie Swanson, Dani Swiegard and Becky Wall.
Coach Shelly Pflugrath was named 2014 NWAACC Eastern Region Coach of the Year, her sixth award since she began her coaching at WVC.
Knights fast-pitch numbers for 2012
Click here to see the numbers for the 2011-12 season.
Knights fast pitch earns NWAACC honors and awards
Along with winning their seventh consecutive Eastern Region championship title, several Knights fast-pitch players and their coach have earned Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) honors and awards.
Hailey Bator, who was named five times this season as NWAACC Player of the Week, has also been named the 2012 Eastern Region Pitcher of the Year.
Kirstie Thomas (pitcher), Ashley Van Horne (infielder), Sarah Goodman (outfielder) and Rae Dorcas (DH/DP) were named to the NWAACC All-Star First Team. Infielder McKensie Stanton and outfielder Devin McNellis were named to the All-Star Second Team.
Stanton and McNellis, along with teammates Sydney Chestnut and Katelynn Kropp were named to the NWAACC spring-quarter 2012 All Academic Sports Team. To be eligible for the All Academic Team, players must be sophomores with a minimum of 36 credits earned, a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, and be recommended by their college. Stanton earned a 3.57, McNellis a 3.71, Chestnut a 3.6 and Kropp a 3.55.
Coach Shelly Pflugrath has been named the 2012 Eastern Region Coach of the Year. This is Pflugrath’s thirteenth year coaching Knights fast pitch and the second time she has won the award.
Knights invited to University of Washington Fall Showcase for second year in a row
Knights fast pitch will play against the University of Washington and Western Washington University on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the University of Washington Fall Showcase in Seattle. For their pre-season schedule, click here.
Knights fast-pitch is number one seed for NWAACC Softball Tournament
The Knights have won their seventh consecutive Eastern Region Championship title and will are on their way to the NWAACC Softball Tournament May 18-21 at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon. They play their first game against Grays Harbor at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 18. For a complete schedule, go to the NWAACC 2012 Softball Bracket Web page.
Knights fast-pitch is ranked number 1 on the Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll, May 4
Knights fast-pitch players named NWAAACC Players of the Week
Knights fast-pitch players Hailey Bator (pitcher), Kirstie Thomas (pitcher), and Rae Dorcas (outfielder) have been named NWAACC Players of the Week.
Bator was named Player of the Week for Week One, Two, Three, Six and Seven; Thomas and Dorcas were named for Week Four.
2011 Season Wrap-up
If you saw the Knights play this past season, you know you watched a great team. Here are some facts and figures to further prove that point.
Knights fast-pitch catcher named 2011 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year
Cassi Ellis has been named as one of the 2011 Diamond Sports Catchers of the Year by the NFCA and Diamond Sports.
Knights fast-pitch players moving on
Seven WVC Knights fast-pitch players will be continuing their education and playing careers at four-year schools in 2011-2012.
Knights off to a great start
The Knights defeat Shoreline, Walla Walla and Columbia Basin in their first games of the season.
Nine Knights named Eastern Region All-Stars
In a season that saw the Knights win the Eastern Region by a four-game margin, an amazing nine players were recognized for their efforts. Read more about the Eastern Region All-Stars here.
Knights fast pitch go 38-9, claim fifth straight Eastern Region Championship
The 2010 Knights fast-pitch team put together a remarkable season and brought home the program’s fifth straight championship title. Read more about the team's success here.
First half of league season comes to a close
The team's 27-4 start is the best in the 30 years of Knights Fast Pitch. Read more about the fast-pitch team's success in the first half of the season.
Six wins to begin Eastern Region play
After winning two non-league games against Pierce Community College by scores of 8-4 and 8-2, the Knights took a 7-2 record into Eastern Region play. Read more about the Knights' six wins.
Fun, sun and five wins
The 2010 season got under way in sunny Phoenix, Arizona last weekend, March 12-14. The team played great, came home with five victories and a whole lot of confidence. Read more about the results of the Knights fast-pitch games in Arizona.
Knights fast pitch ranked 4th to begin 2010
Visit the NWAACC Horizon Air Polls to view the rankings.
Fast-pitch season preview for 2010
The players who wear the Knight uniform change from year to year but the formula for success remains the same…work harder, play smarter and trust completely. The 2010 Knights Fast Pitch team is a talented, versatile bunch who has the work ethic, drive and desire to do great things this season. Meet the 2010 Fast-Pitch Knights.