Matadors’ sophomore OF named 2nd Team All-ACCAC again
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. Sophomore outfielder Courtnie Ploesch (KORT-nee PLOSH (long ‘o’ in last name… rhymes with ‘gauche’) earned 2nd Team All-ACCAC honors for the second straight year, while 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. 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. Even though Ploesch was the team’s best player a year ago, she was unfazed by Bethurum’s preseason edict, and used it to make herself even more entrenched in center field, where she started all 62 games this season. Ploesch’s consistently stellar work in the outfield over the past two years hasn’t always garnered headlines, but has remained the source of respect from opposing coaches. She also was the leadoff hitter in the batting order all year, and continued to set the table for the Matadors’ barrage of power hitters to help the team score more runs. Ploesch nearly doubled her stolen base total from a year ago, and her team-leading 26 stolen bases were tied for 8th-best in the conference. However, the native of Palo Verde, California, also increased plenty of other elements to her game as a sophomore, including showing more power (8 homers, 3rd-best on the team), mixing power with speed (5 triples, tied for the most of the ACCAC); and generating more hits (80, 9th ACCAC) and scoring more runs (61, T-4th ACCAC) than in 2012. Ploesch was also 3rd on the team in runs batted in with 40.
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.