WENATCHEE — The WVC softball team’s sophomore class has achieved some staggering accomplishments during the past two years, to say the least.
They’ve helped the Knights to a 78-10 overall record, and a 51-3 mark in Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region play.
The program honored its nine sophomores Saturday after its 11-4 and 14-3 victories over Blue Mountain at North Rotary Park, the team’s final home games of the season.
Of course the Knights emerged victorious in both games. Nobody connected with the program could’ve envisioned sending its sophomores out in any other fashion; after all, they didn’t drop a single home game during their two-year tenure.
“That’s hard to do,” said head coach Shelly Pflugrath. “But the (players) don’t really think about those things. They’re focused on playing hard and having fun.
“This has been the most unflappable group I’ve ever coached, and they’re unselfish. This is a special group of players, and they’re more impressive as people.”
The Knights clinched their eighth straight East Region title with 9-1 and 8-0 wins over visiting Treasure Valley on Friday.
Their dominance is approaching historical proportions — Pflugrath said that as far as she knows, no other team in any sport has won eight straight region titles in the history of the NWAACC.
But even though they’ve posted 78 victories during the past two seasons, the Knights have thrived because they don’t focus on winning.
“We enjoy playing because we love it, and we love being together all the time,” sophomore center fielder Sarah Goodman said. “When we hear about our accomplishments, we’re like, ‘oh, really?’ We don’t think about stats. We just enjoy being together all the time.
“We’ve been through a lot together during the past two years, and we’ve picked each other up during the hardest times.”
In Saturday’s opener, WVC played uncharacteristically sloppy defense (five errors), but had more than enough offense to compensate. Rae Dorcas has three hits, including a double and a triple.
The Knights broke the second game open with six runs in the second inning. Julia Rambo recorded two hits and five RBI.