Big bats and consistent pitching have landed the Chokers to their second straight NWAACC championship tournament.
“This team has gone through a lot of adversity this year. We started with 15 players last fall and by winter term we were down to eight. We were fortunate enough to add a couple of players late, to arrive at a total of 10 players. We batted our way to a 12-8 finish in league play and a third place finish in the west division.
Our outlook for the tournament is a positive one with opportunities in front of us. Although we have a very tough road, starting with our first game against Wenatchee Valley CC. We feel we ca compete with anyone on a one game basis, if we play our best ball. We believe if Jill (Johnson) can be at the top of her game, our offense can battle to score the runs we need. We are hoping to come away from Portland (site of the NWAACCs)after having a successful tournament”
~ Head Coach, Tom Sutera
Amanda Anderson has led the way for the Chokers, at the plate this season. Anderson has also taken a swing a leading the NWAAC in most batting statistics. Her (.517) Batting Average ranks second this season among all member schools. Anderson is not just connecting with the ball; she’s swinging for the fences. Her (14) homeruns this season and (56) RBI’s, also rank second in the league.
Backing up and setting up, Anderson’s presence at the plate this season, Shannon Glenn and Jasmine Gilmore have contributed to opposing pitchers hard times against the Chokers this year. Gilmore (B.A. .410) has found her hits in key moments, batting in (42) runners on (48) hits this year. Glenn (B.A. .400) has also contributed, her (50) hits rank second on the team, as do her (10) homeruns (Tied for 7th in NWAAC). Altogether, five Choker batters (Anderson, Gilmore, Glenn, Erica Rydman, Kaisha Hollenbeck) are batting better that .350 on the season.
On the mound for the Chokers, Jill Johnson has shown as much endurance as control. With more than (170) innings pitched this season (with an ERA of 3.74) Johnson has had no trouble finding the strike zone. Her (239) strike-outs leads all NWAACC pitchers. Her consistency on the mound, couple with her teammates electric hitting, have also given Johnson at top 5 finish in the NWAACC for wins (15).