Softball gains momentum toward playoffs with sweep

By Shelley Handley

The Glendale Community College Lady Gaucho Softball beat down the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Coyotes in a conference doubleheader April 16.

Six games left before the regional playoffs begin.

Both games ended in dominant fashion for the Lady Gauchos, securing a victories of 10-2 in the first game and 11-2 in the second.

“Madi (Creed) and Brianna (Jordahl) continue to be solid rocks in the pitcher’s circle,” said Head Softball Coach Dave George.

Maddie Creed sends a pitch toward home plate during the Lady Gauchos’ 10-2 win over Chandler-Gilbert April 16.
Maddie Creed sends a pitch toward home plate during the Lady Gauchos’ 10-2 win over Chandler-Gilbert April 16.

Creed pitched the first game, allowing two runs on five hits. Jordahl attempted to match her teammate’s performance, as she limited the Coyotes to two runs on seven hits in the second game.

Sophomores Chelsea Havill and Megan Mabery both hit home runs in the first game and Mabery connected on another in the second.

GCC Sophomore Megan Mabery takes a swing during the doubleheader April 16.
GCC Sophomore Megan Mabery takes a swing during the doubleheader April 16.

Five players had multiple RBIs  during the offensive display put on by the Lady Gaucho. Mabery had seven and Havill had three. Daniella Arndt (four), Mariah Ortiz (three) and Caitlin Harris (two). Single RBIs were added on by Cheyann Michael, Daniella Arndt, and Mariah Ortiz.

“It felt great to hit the home run.” said Havill. “I have been struggling with power, so it was exciting getting the ball into play.”

Infielder Ashton Aggers said the team’s greatest challenge has been to keep the ball on the ground instead of the air.

“Hard ground balls wins games,” she said. “We need to have more of them.”

Lady Gauchos’ infielders await the ball as they attempt to protect a 4-1 lead April 16.
Lady Gauchos’ infielders await the ball as they attempt to protect a 4-1 lead April 16.

The general consensus of the team is that they are playing, “pretty good.”

“We really support each other and have unity in our team,” Aggers said.

George became GCC’s softball coach in October, replacing Trisha Thurston after she left to take the same position at Arizona Christian University

George brings his expertise to GCC from a long coaching history.   He has coached at several colleges:  BYU-Hawaii, Howard College, South Mountain, Gateway Community College, Arizona Western College and San Diego City College.

“Being a newcomer this year has brought some challenges for me and the players,” George said. “It takes time to get to know each other and learn how to play well together as a team.”

The first part of the season was difficult with the team having ups and downs. They struggled with momentum from game to game, but for the past six games they have been in a winning streak.

“We went thru the refiner’s fire to come out with a mental toughness,” Coach George said. “I believe the team’s cohesiveness and talent will see us through the playoffs into the regional tournament.”

Currently the Lady Gaucho Softball team is in third place. They will need to win as many of the remaining six games to head into regionals with a stronghold.

“We have beat some good teams that nobody expected us to, and as our season has become more focused, we have played with more consistency, so I expect us to get to playoffs in good standing,” said George.

Assistant Coach Henry Jim tells the players, “run hard, play hard, and stay centered on the basic fundamentals of baseball.”

“The next six games will predict the legacy of our season,” Coach Jim said. They will have home field advantage for the remaining games.

The Lady Gauchos’ remaining schedule features home doubleheaders against Scottsdale Community College April 19 at 1 p.m., Yavapai Community College April 23 at 12 p.m., and Mesa Community College April 26 at 1 p.m.

The regional tournament begins May 6.

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