Softball: Diamond Notes

Softball: Diamond Notes

DIAMOND NOTES that didn’t make the weekend Twitter or Facebook baseball and softball coverage because of overlapping doubleheaders and time constraints.

+ The Bulldogs have played 21 games against 11 teams that received ranking this spring in the NJCAA Division I Softball Polls, including squads that were ranked 1-2-3 for four polling periods (Florida SouthWestern, Chipola, Tyler). NC also played single games against two ranked Division II opponents (LSU-Eunice and Iowa Central).

+ Second-game home runs Sunday by Carmen Acosta and Sarah Koeppen pushed the Bulldogs’ season total to 46, surpassing the 2005-06 team’s documented total of 44 amassed by nine different players. Six players – Koeppen, Woolley, Miranda, Davis, Acosta and Loper – account for NC’s 46 this spring.

+ The Bulldogs are 87.1 percent on steals this season (81-of-93). Second baseman Kamryn Wells is a perfect 10-of-10, while outfielder Jessa Johnson is 17-of-18.

+ Koeppen is tied for eighth place nationally in home runs with 18. She is one of three Texas junior college softball players listed in the Top 10. Howard shortstop Amanda Gonzalez leads the NJCAA with 26. Koeppen shares eighth place with Grayson leftfielder Jade Miller. Midland third baseman Yvonne Hernandez, with 17 home runs, is tied for 12th.

+ Woolley’s seven-game hit streak ended Sunday during Game 2 against Paris. She hit a mind-boggling .789 since April 19, going 15-for-19 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. She walked six times, scored 10 runs and collected 32 total bases during that stretch. Woolley had four multi-hit games that ran her season total to 16.

+ Shortstop Madison Pond, who has hit in 37 of 44 games in which she has played, currently is riding an 11-game hitting streak that dates back to April 11. Pond is hitting .469 (15-for-32) and scored seven runs.

+ Koeppen is one home run shy of matching Navarro’s documented individual single-season home run mark of 19 by Simone Broadnax in 2001.

+ Koeppen’s 18 homers include 11 in Region XIV East Zone conference play against six opponents. She’s hit four against Kilgore and two each against Bossier Parish and Angelina.

+ First baseman Izzy Murillo had her first three-hit day of the season in Sunday’s 11-3 Game 1 win over Paris. She had hit safely in each of the last four games she’s played (6-for-11).