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2019 GNAC Softball Championships

Central Washington

WILDCATS

Larabee

Egbert

Strasser

Overall Record: 30-16 GNAC: 21-7 (1st)

A strong start and solid finish led Central Washington to its fourth consecutive GNAC regular-season title. The Wildcats opened conference play with 10 straight victories and closed by winning five of their last eight. The program’s 21 conference wins is the most by a GNAC team since 2012. Central Washington leads the GNAC with a .339 batting average. Savannah Egbert leads the way with her .444 average, 71 hits and 22 stolen bases while Maddy Zerr is one of nine CWU players hitting .300 or better. Katie Kastning leads the GNAC with 15 doubles. Lexie Strasser has been the Wildcats’ ace in the circle with a 13-9 record and a 2.78 earned run average.

Concordia

CAVALIERS

Whitaker

Self

Bowles

Overall Record: 28-21 GNAC: 18-10 (3rd)

Concordia makes its return to the GNAC Championships for the first time since 2016, clinching its spot on the final day of the season. Picked to finish eighth in the GNAC, the Cavaliers made a late charge to earn their spot by winning five of their last eight games. The team has relied on pitching, entering the tournament third in the GNAC with a 3.42 earned run average. Mckenzie Smith has been a solid two-way threat for the Cavaliers, amassing a .319 batting average, 14 pitching wins and a 3.53 earned run average. Sally Bowles has been impactful as a transfer with her 11 wins and 3.14 earned run average. Hannah Self leads the team offensively with a .328 batting average, 12 home runs and 39 RBI.

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No. 1 3 4 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 33

Name Keegan Wise Katie Kastning Graycee Dwyer Kayla Smith Paige Liikala Kayla Ellis Julia Reuble Taylor Williams Isabel Womack Theresa Moyle Samantha Stanfield Savannah Egbert Alycia Bannan Alee Cruz Maddy Zerr Bethany Balucan Sydney Williams Sydney Brown Lexie Strasser Rachael Johnson Mikayla Kopacz

Pos. OF OF IF P C/OF C IF P P IF/C P IF IF UT IF IF OF IF P OF IF

B/T L/L R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R L/R R/R L/R R/R L/R L/R R/R R/R L/R R/R

Ht. 5-2 5-10 5-9 5-4 5-4 5-8 5-8 5-8 6-0 5-4 5-10 5-7 5-6 5-6 5-7 5-0 5-2 5-5 6-2 5-5 5-8

Yr. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. So. So. So. Sr. Fr. So. So. Sr. So.

Hometown (Previous School) Forest Grove, Ore. (Banks) Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Lakeland) Spokane, Wash. (University) Buckley, Wash. (White River) West Richland, Wash. (Richland) Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson) Edmonds, Wash. (Meadowdale) Brea, Calif. (Brea-Olinda) Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe) Wesier, Idaho (Weiser) Montesano, Wash. (Montesano) Connell, Wash. (Connell) Orting, Wash. (Orting) Selah, Wash. (Selah) Selah, Wash. (Selah) Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Olympic CC) Tacoma, Wash. (Curtis) Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview) Chehalis, Wash. (W.F. West) Spokane, Wash. (University) Hermiston, Ore. (Columbia Basin CC)

Head Coach: Mike Larabee Assistant Coach: Mike Meyers Graduate Assistants: Alyssa Reuble, Kailyn Campbell

No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 24 27 28 29

Name Macy Besuyen Elena Cook Kayla Lagerqust Mia Gomez Paityn Willoughby Tori O’Neill Adrianna Rupright Sally Bowles Abby Dalton Tenli Petty Marisa Stockton Karley Yoshioka Jordan Smith-Imes Holly Brown Allie Hancock Courtney Somers Linda Gherir Chelsea Sligh Ali Steen Mckenzie Smith Mariah Peterson Hannah Self Jessica Plew

Pos. OF OF P UT UT IF UT P OF IF UT IF IF OF P C OF IF OF P C OF/C RP

B/T L/R R/R R/R R/R L/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R L/L R/R R/R R/R

Ht. 5-3 5-6 5-9 5-3 5-9 5-4 5-8 5-9 5-2 5-7 5-9 5-2 5-6 5-6 5-9 5-8 5-6 5-6 5-9 6-2 5-5 5-11 5-6

Yr. Hometown (Previous School) Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe) Jr. Boise, Idaho (Portland State Univ.) So. Washougal, Wash. (Washougal) Fr. Rialto, Calif. (Citrus Valley) So. Newberg, Ore. (Oregon State Univ.) Sr. Camas, Wash. (Clackamas CC) Jr. Olympia, Wash. (Academy of Art Univ.) Jr. Atascadero, Calif. (Monterey Peninsula Coll.) Fr. Princeville, Ore. (Crook County) Sr. Puyallup, Wash. (Emerald Ridge) So. Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary’s) Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii (Clark CC) Jr. Portland, Ore. (De La Salle North) Fr. Beaverton, Ore. (Centennial) Jr. Camas, Wash. (Southern Oregon Univ.) Sr. Victoria, B.C. (Lambrick Academy) So. Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde) Jr. San Leandro, Calif. (Chabot Coll.) Sr. Edmonds, Wash.(Wenatchee Valley CC) Sr. Victoria, B.C. (Lambrick Academy) Jr. Des Moines, Wash. (Mount Rainier) Jr. Tigard, Ore. (Portland State Univ.) Fr. Kingman, Ariz. (Kingman Academy)

Head Coach: Shelley Whitaker Assistant Coaches: Leslie Poole, Angelina Mexicano, Andrew Ysais Student Assistant: Jessica Lambourn


2019 GNAC Softball Championships

Northwest Nazarene

NIGHTHAWKS

Wagner

Orr

Williams

Overall Record: 27-22 GNAC: 16-12 (tie 4th)

Last year’s champion, Northwest Nazarene made a late-season surge to qualify for its second straight GNAC Championships. The Nighthawks won six of their last eight games, sweeping Montana State Billings and splitting with Western Washington to clinch the final spot in the tournament field. Jordan Adams continues to lead GNAC pitchers with a 1.81 earned run average, allowing just 34 earned runs in 131.2 innings. Anna Williams leads the NNU offense with a .418 batting average and leads the GNAC with 54 runs scored. Kylie Orr is right behind with a .407 batting average while Cassidy Fifield has hammered out 48 hits and 17 RBI in her senior season.

Western Oregon

WOLVES

Sargent

Arceneaux

Fabian

Overall Record: 31-14 GNAC: 19-9 (2nd)

Western Oregon is making its seventh straight GNAC Championships appearance, securing the No. 2 seed by winning its last six regular-season games and seven of its last eight. The potent Wolves lead the GNAC with a 2.86 earned run average and have the fewest earned runs allowed of any conference team (122). They also rank second in the league with a .339 batting average. Ayanna Arceneaux leads the GNAC with a .488 batting average and is one of four WOU players with four triples on the season. Ryanne Whitaker is also among the GNAC leaders with a .393 batting average. Freshman Maddie Mayer has 10 wins and a 2.55 earned run average while senior Haley Fabian has 13 wins and matches Mayer with a 2.55 earned run average.

No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Yr. 1 Lauren Bassett OF L/R 5-3 Sr. 2 Lyndzie Parker 2B R/R 5-3 Sr. 3 Anna Williams UT R/R 5-6 Sr. 4 Ivy Hommel UT R/R 5-5 So. 5 Rylee Thomas P R/R 5-7 Sr. 6 Anna Olson SS R/R 5-9 Sr. 7 Demi Corta 2B R/R 5-7 Fr. 8 Jackie Vargas P R/R 5-4 So. 9 Maia McNicoll P/UT R/R 5-5 Fr. 10 Rae Young P R/R 5-6 Jr. 11 Abigail Otto 3B R/R 5-6 Sr. 12 Madison Strickler OF R/R 5-9 Jr. 13 Ashlee Schriever P/UT R/R 5-7 Fr. 14 Cassidy Fifield OF R/R 5-5 Sr. 15 Kylie Orr 1B/OF R/R 5-8 Sr. 16 Dakota Kelly P/1B R/R 5-7 Fr. 17 Brittany Genuardi C/3B R/R 5-6 Jr. 18 Audree Montmeny C R/R 5-7 Fr. 19 Taylor Butterfield OF R/R 5-5 Fr. 20 Mckenzie Oakes OF L/R 5-5 Fr. 21 Emma Longoria 1B/OF R/R 6-0 So. 22 Shelbie Martinez 2B R/R 5-3 Sr. 23 Jordan Adams P R/R 5-8 So. 24 Madalyn Smith C R/R 5-8 Sr. 25 Ashley Bliss P/1B R/R 5-6 Fr.

Hometown (Previous School) Nampa, Idaho (Nampa Christian) Jerome, Idaho (Jerome) Filer, Idaho (Walla Walla CC) Kuna, Idaho (Kuna) Spanaway, Wash. (Everett CC) Graham, Wash. (Bethel) Eagle, Idaho (Eagle) Montebello, Calif. (Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary) Kaneohe, Hawaii (Maryknoll) Elk Grove, Calif. (Pleasant Grove) Marysville, Wash. (Marysville-Pilchuck) Eagle, Idaho (Eagle) Clinton, Utah (Syracuse) Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens) Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View) Homedale, Idaho (Homedale) Spanaway, Wash. (Bethel) Yakima, Wash. (AC Davis) Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe) Redding, Calif. (Shasta) Caldwell, Idaho (Vallivue) Meridian, Idaho (Meridian) Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor) Meridian, Idaho (Rocky Mountain) Rocklin, Calif. (Whitney)

Head Coach: Rich Wagner Assistant Coaches: Tim Souza, Hallie Swanson

No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 14 15 18 19 21 22 25 27 32 33

Name Ryanne Whitaker Tyler Creach Logan Carlos Kiley Lynn Mariah Deleon Allyson Drury Cheyanne Rimer Ayanna Arceneaux Sydney Bowers Haley Fabian Macy Christianson Zoie Recolan Baylie Kahele Maddie Brandner Reilly Tidwell Jenna Kelly Maddie McClelland Nicole Miller Chandler Bishop Kennedy Coy Maddie Mayer

Pos. IF UT OF IF C UT UT OF IF P IF IF C IF P IF P C P/IF UT P

B/T R/R L/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R S/R R/R R/R R/R L/L R/R L/R R/R R/R L/L R/R R/R L/R L/L

Ht. 5-4 5-3 5-2 5-8 5-4 5-4 5-8 5-4 5-4 5-9 5-5 5-5 5-3 5-7 6-0 5-7 5-8 5-10 6-0 5-1 5-8

Yr. Sr. So. Fr. So. So. So. Sr. So. So. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. Fr.

Hometown (Previous School) Monmouth, Ore. (Central) Portland, Ore. (Rex Putnam) Mililani, Hawaii (Maryknoll) Marana, Ariz. (Marana) Othello, Wash. (Othello) Dairyville, Calif. (Red Bluff) Scio, Ore. (Scio) Puyallup, Wash. (Emerald Ridge) Eugene, Ore. (South Eugene) East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont) Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin) Ewa Beach, Hawaii (James Campbell) Mililani, Hawaii (Maryknoll) Pasco, Wash. (Tri-Cities Prep) Marana, Ariz. (Mountain View) Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge) Vancouver, Wash. (Union) Tualatin, Ore. (North Idaho CC) Arlington, Wash. (Arlington) Gladstone, Ore. (Gladstone) Portland, Ore. (Rex Putnam)

Head Coach: Lonny Sargent Assistant Coaches: Mariah Jiminez, Alyson Boytz Graduate Assistant: Zoe Clark

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2019 GNAC Softball Championships 2019 Regular Season Standings Tournament Preview

Central Washington Western Oregon Concordia Northwest Nazarene Western Washington Saint Martin’s Montana St. Billings Simon Fraser

GNAC

All

W L Pct. W L Pct. H 21 7 .750 30 16 .652 8-4 19 9 .679 31 14 .689 12-4 18 10 .643 28 21 .571 12-6 16 12 .571 27 22 .551 15-5 16 12 .571 27 18 .600 8-6 10 18 .357 20 27 .426 6-10 8 20 .286 15 31 .326 5-3 4 24 .143 9 30 .231 1-13

A 12-3 7-4 12-8 7-11 8-8 5-9 2-17 3-11

N 8-9 12-6 4-7 5-6 11-4 9-8 8-11 5-6

Tournament Schedule May 2-4, 2019 Porter Park, Concordia University, Portland, Ore. Thurs., May 2 Game 1: #2 Western Oregon vs. #3 Concordia, Noon Game 2: #1 Central Washington vs. #4 Northwest Nazarene, 2:30 p.m. Fri., May 3 Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 10 a.m. Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 12:30 p.m. (Loser Out) Game 5: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 3 p.m. (Loser Out) Sat., May 4 Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, Noon Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary), 2:30 p.m. Live Stats: Live stats for all GNAC Championships games will be available at GNAC.tv.

On The Cover Four of the top players in the GNAC have helped their teams advance to the GNAC Championships. Clockwise from top left: Mckenzie Smith (Concordia), Katie Kastning (Central Washington), Ryanne Whitaker (Western Oregon) and Cassidy Fifield (Northwest Nazarene).

History & Records History and records for both the GNAC Softball Championships and GNAC softball can be found by scanning the QR Code or visiting http://bit.ly/2oObbvY

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Central Washington is the team to beat once again. And they wouldn’t want it any other way. After winning their most conference games in seven seasons and claiming their fourth consecutive regular-season title, the Wildcats are the No. 1 seed in the 2019 GNAC Softball Championships. Picked to finish second in the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll, Central Washington used a strong start to the season and a solid finish to clinch the sixth regular-season title in program history. After going 7-3 in non-conference play to start the year, the Wildcats won 10 straight to open the GNAC schedule. They finished with an 11-4 record in April and sewed up the regular-season crown with a doubleheader sweep of Concordia on Saturday. The Wildcats are one of the top offensive teams in the country, leading the GNAC and ranked 13th in Division II with a .339 batting average. Central also ranks 27th nationally with 6.37 runs scored per game. Junior Savannah Egbert ranks fourth in the GNAC and 30th in Division II with a .444 batting average while leading the league with 71 hits. Sophomore Katie Kastning is hitting .403 and leads the league with 15 doubles. In the circle, sophomore Lexie Strasser has won 14 games while amassing a 2.78 earned run average. At 156 innings, Strasser has the most innings pitched of any player in the tournament. Junior Taylor Williams owns a 3.27 earned run average and a 7-3 record. Western Oregon has saved its best softball for the end of the season, winning six straight and seven of its last eight to earn a seventh consecutive GNAC Championships appearance. Arguably the most experienced team in the tournament field, the Wolves lead the conference with a 2.86 earned run average and a .960 fielding percentage. The team’s .338 batting average is second in the GNAC and 14th in Division II. In the circle, the Wolves depend on senior Haley Fabian and freshman Maddie Mayer. Both players enter the GNAC Championships with a 2.55 earned run average, tied for second in the conference. Fabian has 13 wins on the season while Mayer has 10. Mayer, however, has allowed just 17 walks in 90.2 innings of work. Offensively, sophomore Ayanna Arceneaux has been the model of consistency. She enters the tournament leading the conference with a .488 batting average, ranking her seventh in Division II. Her .535 on-base percentage ranks 22nd in Division II. Senior Ryanne Whitaker is hitting .393 and has stolen 22 bases. Arceneaux and Whitaker are among four WOU players with four triples on the season. Picked to finish eighth in the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll, Concordia also put together a strong stretch run to earn the team’s first GNAC Championships berth since 2016. Concordia closed the regular season by winning five of their last seven games. The Cavaliers have thrived on pitching, ranking third in the conference with a 3.42 earned run average. Defensively sound, the Cavaliers are 12th in Division II with 0.45 double plays turned per game. Concordia is led by dual-threat senior Mckenzie Smith. The utility player, who has seen starting time at pitcher, first base and designated player, has a .319 batting average at the plate and a 3.53 earned run average in the circle. Smith is tied for second in the GNAC with 14 wins. Junior Hannah Self leads the Cavaliers with a .328 batting average and 12 home runs while junior Sally Bowles tops the team with a 3.14 earned run average. Bowles is fifth in Division II with 0.65 walks allowed per seven innings. The defending regular season and tournament champion, Northwest Nazarene needed a split with Western Washington in the final weekend to claim the No. 4 spot in the GNAC Championships. After struggling over the first half of conference play, the Nighthawks bounced back to win eight of their last 11 to make the postseason. The Nighthawks are third in the GNAC with a .311 batting average and are led by senior Anna Williams, who boasts a .418 average that is fifth in the GNAC. Williams leads the league with 54 runs and is 26th in Division II with 69 hits. Senior Kylie Orr is eight behind Williams with a .407 batting average. In the circle, sophomore Jordan Adams continues to impress. She leads the GNAC with a 1.18 earned run average and has allowed just 34 earned runs in 131.2 innings. Her 141 strikeouts is second in the conference.

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2019 GNAC Softball Championships Program  

The official program for the 2019 GNAC Softball Championships, held at Porter Park on the campus of Concordia University in Portland, Oregon...

2019 GNAC Softball Championships Program  

The official program for the 2019 GNAC Softball Championships, held at Porter Park on the campus of Concordia University in Portland, Oregon...

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