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Lady Matadors Sign Three Local Players
Derek Diesner
Jun. 26th, 2014

YUMA, AZ – Arizona Western College head softball coach Nikki Bethurum announced today the signings of Aylin (eye-Leen) Gutierrez from San Luis, Arizona, Alicia Stephens from Kofa High School in Yuma, and Ashley Van Why from Gila Ridge High School in Yuma.
“We are very excited about this upcoming softball season,” said AWC head softball coach Nikki Bethurum. “After finishing last season at the National Tournament, our ultimate goal is to get back there (National Tournament) and win some more games!”
Stephens finished her senior season at Kofa High School with a bang, picking up a selection to the 2014 Rotary Club Team and she was honored as a 2nd Team All-Selection for the AIA.
Ashley Van Why from Gila Ridge High School was named to the 2013 Rotary Club Team and earned a spot on the Division II AIA All-Selection 2nd Team.
Aylin Gutierrez led her San Luis team with a .410 batting average, a .465 on-base percentage, and a slugging percentage of .667. Gutierrez drove in seven runs and scored 19 times while drawing four walks and stealing six bases. The stat that sticks out the most however, is zero strikeouts!
“These three along with the rest of the 2014 recruiting class, are all strong prospects that will truly give our returning sophomores a challenge,” said head softball coach Nikki Bethurum. “We are expecting another strong year from our returners and our new signees to lead us back to St. George, Utah for the NJCAA National Championship Tournament.”
The Lady Matadors saw their season come to a close in the 2014 NJCAA National Softball Tournament with a pair of losses to Central Florida and Southern Union State in mid-May. AWC ended their season ranked second in the nation with an overall record of 49-9. Stay tuned to the Matador Athletics website for constant updates all off-season long on all eight Matador teams.


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