Knights Fastpitch News
by Doug Flanagan / College Sports, Wenatchee World
Printed March 23, 2015
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).
College Sports, Wenatchee World
Printed March 22, 2015
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).
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.
- Click here to see the numbers for the 2011-12 season.
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 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.
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:
- The overall record was 40-7 for an 81 winning percentage. This is the best in school history.
- Had an 18 game winning streak on the road, also the best in school history.
- More wins than any other NWAACC scho
- Scored 360 runs while giving up only 84!
- Had 456 hits, surrendering only 2
- Team batting average of .3
- Team fielding percentage of .9
- Our pitchers combined earned run average was 1.45, the best in the NWAACC!
- Seventeen of the 47 games played ended with the Knights mercy ruling their opponents.
- Champions of the Eastern Region for the sixth straight season!
- Third place finish at the NWAACC Championship Tournament, the highest finish since 20
- Nine players were named Eastern Region All-Stars, the most of any sch
- Seven players earned scholarships to four-year schools.
- The team grade point average was 3.21 for the entire school y
Wenatchee Valley College Knights fast-pitch catcher Cassi Ellis has been named as one of the 2011 Diamond Sports Catchers of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Diamond Sports.
Ellis helped the Knights finish third at this year’s NWWAAC tournament by batting .410 with 37 RBIs this season. The East Wenatchee, Wash., native also tallied 32 runs, 48 hits and 11 doubles on the season. Ellis will continue her playing career next season at Central Washington University.
The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.
A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective award.
Kelsie DeBroeck will play for Jamestown College in North Dakota. She was an NWAACC first team All-Region outfielder who had a .400 average and led the team with 10 home runs. Additionally, DeBroeck is a member of the NWAACC All- Academic team, carrying a 3.81 grade point average.
Sydnee Jerome and Cassi Ellis are moving on to Central Washington University. Jerome was an NWAACC first team All-Region pitcher for the second straight season and a sophomore all-star. Jerome had an earned run average of only 1.78 and an 18-4 overall record.
Ellis was a first team NWAACC All-Region catcher, a sophomore all-star and a National
Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American. Additionally, she was named the
Diamond NFCA Catcher of the Year. Ellis hit .405 with 11 doubles and six home runs
for the Knights.
Baylee Jolliffe will move on to Nampa, ID, and Northwest Nazarene University. She was a sophomore NWAACC All-Star outfielder who scored 27 runs and drove in 25 more for the Knights. Jolliffe is also a member of the NWAACC All-Academic team with a 3.38 grade point average.
Chynna Sandhop will take her speed and talents to Corban University in Salem, OR. Sandhop was a first team NWAACC All-Region center fielder and sophomore All-Star. She hit .409 with 13 doubles and seven home runs to go along with 45 runs scored. In addition, she displayed range and aggression that is seldom seen in the outfield.
Amy Greenough will also attend Corban next year. Greenough was the NWAACC Eastern Region’s Most Valuable Pitcher, a sophomore All-Star and an NFCA All-American. Greenough’s earned run average was a mere 1.19, opponents hit only .185 against her and she struck out 160 batters in 158 innings pitched.
Kaylee Larson will continue her athletic career on the volleyball court at Montana State University-Northern. Larson was a first team NWAACC All-Region shortstop and sophomore All-Star. She hit .375, belted seven home runs and played rock solid defense up the middle for the Knights. Larson was also a member of the NWAACC All-Academic team with a 3.48 grade point average.
Good luck on your new teams and make us proud. We miss you already!