Matadors’ freshman C/3B named to top team on both All-Region I, All-ACCAC
Yuma, Arizona – May 1, 2013 -- Arizona Western College is proud to announce that two members of the AWC Softball team have been named to the All-ACCAC & All-Region I postseason teams. Freshman catcher/3rd baseman April Marquez (mahr-KEHZ) was named to the 1st Team on both the All-Region I and All-ACCAC postseason squads; while sophomore outfielder Courtnie Ploesch (KORT-nee PLOSH (long ‘o’ in last name… rhymes with ‘gauche’) earned 2nd Team All-ACCAC honors. The announcements come at the conclusion of the postseason coaches’ meetings in Coolidge.
AWC Head Softball Coach Nikki Bethurum set the tone for the season immediately when the freshmen and sophomores that made up the 2013 roster showed up on campus last August: all starting spots would be up for grabs. No one took that to heart on the team more than April Marquez, who saw that as a challenge to secure starting spots at both of her natural positions: third base and catcher. Indeed, when the Lady Mats took the field for their first two games of the season at the CSN Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, Marquez started at 3rd base for their first game of the day, then put on the catcher’s gear for Game 2, and maintained that schedule throughout the rest of the season. Her work at the ‘hot corner’ truly shored up the infield defense, while her play behind the plate at catcher kept opposing hitters off-balance and opposing base stealers at bay (throwing out 29% of baserunners who tried to steal against her). It was her work at the plate, though, that struck fear in opposing pitchers and defenders. Marquez was at or near the top of every Matador offensive statistical category all season long, and didn’t finish any worse than 2nd in any of them. She wound up as the only Lady Matador to hit over .400 (finishing with a .417 batting average), and was one of only two Matadors to finish in double figures in home runs (finishing with 10, which was tied for 10th-best in the ACCAC). She was also 2nd on the team in hits (75), runs scored (56, 8th ACCAC), runs batted in (55, 7th ACCAC), and stolen bases (20).
The Lady Matadors finished the 2013 campaign with an overall record of 39 wins and 23 losses (their best overall record since 2009), and wound up with a 30-18 record in conference play.