Softball Weekly Report - Page 2

Douglas, .184, 7-for-38) and catcher-first baseman Elaine Sperry (5-8, Jr., Boise, ID – Timberline, .104, 5-for-48). Copodonna is one of three transfers from the Wildcats. Utility player Jordan Sandrini (5-7, Jr., Adna, WA) batted .215 in 54 games in two seasons at Division I Siena. In addition to Boytz, two transfers are available. Outfielder Brandy Knowles (5-6, Jr., Redmond, OR) was a first team NWAACC Eastern Region all-star two years ago at Walla Walla, batting .423. Outfielder Alexis Sanderlin (5-9, Jr., Olympia) previously played at Columbia Basin. Knowles, who redshirted last season at WOU, also had six home runs and drove in 49 runs for WWCC. Holtman-Fletcher also has three other players who had 30 or more at bats last season. Third baseman-catcher Alexa Olague (5-6, Jr., Tacoma, WA – Wilson) batted .317 (20-of63) and drove in 11 runs in 25 games. Catcher Ku’ulei Siolo (5-8, So., Aberdeen, WA) batted .340 and had six home runs and 32 RBI at Lower Columbia. Outfielder Remy Bradley (5-2, Jr., Richland, WA – Hanford) hit .242 (15-of-62) in 36 games and outfielder Katie Focher (5-8, Sr., Missoula, MT – Sentinel) hit .241 (19-of-79) in 37 games. Between them, the three combined to start 66 games. Central Washington (32-20, 16-8, 3rd) The Wildcats finished with a 16-8 conference record last year, their best mark since winning their only conference titles in 2010 and 2011. Western Washington (30-14, 17-7, 2nd) Head coach Mallory Holtman-Fletcher (105-85, 4 years) returns a league-best 15 letter winners, but the Wildcats are one of two teams that doesn’t return a first-team allleague player. The Vikings finished just one game back of Western Oregon last year and with 2014 GNAC MVP Alexie Levin (57, Jr., Everett, WA) among six returning starters WWU should be a legitimate title contender again this spring under head coach Amy Suiter (106-89, 4 years; Overall, 121-131, 5 years). Central does have three players who were second team selections – outfielder Sammy Morris (5-3, So., Bothell, WA), catcher Austin Wilkerson (5-5, Jr., Ferndale, WA – Sehome) and third baseman Andrea H amada (5-4, Jr., Walla Walla, WA). Levin just missed the GNAC Triple Crown finishing second in batting average (.424), home runs (10) and RBI (47). She was a first team NFCA all-region selection. Morris batted .352 and drove in 21 runs a year ago, while Wilkerson batted .343 and drove in 19 runs. Hamada batted .305 and had six home runs and 27 RBI. Levin is one of three returning Vikings who ranked in the Top 10 in hitting a year ago. GNAC Newcomer of the Year Autumn Isaacson (5-5, Sr., Lake Stevens, WA – Bellevue CC) finished fourth with a .400 average. The outfielder also set a GNAC record stealing 31 bases and was a first team all-GNAC selection. First baseman/designated player Kaitlyn Campbell (6-0, So., Duvall, WA – Cedarcrest) was an honorable mention selection. She batted .351 and drove in 41 runs. Both figures ranked second on the team. She also led the Wildcats with 10 doubles. Second baseman Kali Patterson (5-7, So., Bonney Lake, WA) ranked 10th with a .350 average and had seven doubles. Two other position players and one pitcher were starters. Shortstop Taylor Ferleman (5-5, So., Bellevue, WA – Lake Washington) batted .301, while outfielder Michaela Hazlett (5-4, Jr., Purcell, OK) hit .252. Both players drove in nine runs. Other returning starters include third baseman Emma Blauser (5-6, Jr., Federal Way, WA – Todd Beamer), who batted .289 and had six home runs and 30 RBI, first baseman Jordan Walley (6-2, Jr., Maple Valley, WA – Tahoma).who hit .379 and drove in 26 runs and pitcher Aspen Ison (5-4, So., Gig Harbor, WA – Peninsula), who had a 7-3 record and 3.40 ERA. The lone returning pitcher is Kiana Wood (5-6, So., Aloha, OR), who ranked third in the GNAC with a 2.80 ERA and posted a 9-3 record. Walley’s average was the eighth best in the conference, however, she did not have enough plate appearances to qualify. Strengthening the pitching will be Brielle (Bray) Copodonna (5-6, Jr., Issaquah, WA), who was a two-time NWAACC Northern Region Pitcher of the Year at Bellevue CC where in two seasons she posted a 34-13 record and fanned 273 batters. Several other contributors also return from last year’s club, including pitcher Shayna Adelstein (5-6, So., Tucson, 2