YUMA, AZ – The Lady Matadors softball team hasn’t lost since March 18th and have won 15 straight during the stretch, yet the Lady Mats remained ranked 2nd in the most recent NJCAA Top 20 National Poll which was released on Wednesday morning.
“We are happy to be near the very top of the poll,” said AWC Athletic Director Jerry Smith. “Obviously we would like to be in that number one spot, and now that gives the girls even more incentive to play strong ball coming down the final stretch run.”
Arizona Western College currently sits at 38-4 overall and 32-2 in ACCAC play and remains in first place after their sweep of South Mountain Community College yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon in Phoenix.
Last week, AWC traveled to Mesa and won a pair of ballgames in run-rule fashion. The Lady Mats took game one by a final of 11-3 in a final five innings. In game two, AWC once again topped the Lady T-Birds 10-0 in a final five innings. Then on Saturday, the Lady Mats traveled to Glendale and came out victorious 6-4 and then 13-5 in a run-rule final five innings.
“I’m proud of these girls and how well we have been playing,” said head coach Nikki Bethurum. “We have a tough test ahead of us on Saturday against the Phoenix College Lady Bears who are currently ranked 1st in the NJCAA Division 2 Poll. All of our attention and focus right now is on the Lady Bears, and who knows if we win both games, maybe we will be in that number one spot next week.”
Eastern Arizona remained at #8 for the third straight week with an overall record of 35-6. Eastern and Arizona Western are the only ACCAC representatives in the NJCAA Top 20 National Poll. Indian River State College remained ranked first in the nation for the second straight week and received all four first place votes. Indian River has dropped two games in their last five outings, yet somehow has held on to the top spot in the NJCAA Division 1 National Poll.
The Lady Matadors will look to continue their winning ways, when they return to Yuma this Saturday April 19th to host Phoenix College at 12 noon. We invite you to join us starting at 11am as we honor the late AWC head coaching great Charlie Dine by renaming the softball field in his name. Charlie Dine’s family will also receive ring and a plaque in honor of Coach Dine being elected to the NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame earlier this year.