2003 Softball stories
Andersen named to Second Team All-West Region
Andersen, Biersch, Stokx Second Team All-CCAA
Biersch, a first baseman, hit .279 and tied for the team lead with 20 RBI this season. Stokx, a designated player/pitcher, led the team with a .324 batting average and 12 doubles and also knocked home 20 runs. Andersen, a second baseman who was named to the All-CCAA team as an at-large selection, hit .305 with a team-high 50 hits and 20 RBI.
Farnham, the Wildcats' everyday shortstop, hit .300, banged out 11 doubles, and led the team with three home runs. Overstreet hit .243 but banged out 10 doubles, two triples, a pair of home runs, and swiped 10 bases.
Season ends with rainouts
Chico State finished with a record of 22-31 overall, 9-19 in CCAA play. The seventh place conference finish was disappointing for a team that won the West Region title last year and participated in the 2002 NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Salem, Virginia.
Chico settles for split with Stanislaus
In the opener, Chico looked to be in trouble when the Warrior's Sephora Scoubes hit a grand slam over the left-field fence in the first inning to give Stanislaus a 4-0 lead. Chico answered with four in the second, two in the fourth inning, and another run in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.
The four runs in the second came on four hits, including an RBI double to left center by Allison Shirley, a run-scoring single through the left side by Lindsay Himmelspach, and a two-run single to left by Ashley Andersen.
In the fourth, Himmelspach scored on a sacrifice fly by Andersen and Bridgette Overstreet drove in a run with a single up the middle.
The 'Cats final run came in the sixth when Himmelspach led off with her third hit of the game and pinch runner Rebecca Hanson eventually came around to score on a failed pick-off attempt by Stanislaus' catcher.
The Warriors did manage to score another run in the seventh for the final score.
Chico State starter Katie Stokx walked nine batters, but got eight
Cal State Stanislaus had a number of chances to score in game one, but
In game two, Jackie Miller belted a two-run homer off Chico State left fielder
Chico State (22-31, 9-19 CCAA) tied the score in the third with two unearned runs on throwing errors by Stanislaus' catcher and first baseman.
Stanilaus pitcher Jackie Miller, who pitched four innings in the opener and tossed six innings in the nightcap, got into a jam after allowing a leadoff double to Lindsay Himmelspach to start the seventh. However, reliever Rachelle
In the home half of the seventh, Monica Mendez hit a line-drive double off Chico pitcher Emily McDermont and was sacrificed to third to set-up Kim Thurman's game-winning hit up the middle.
Wildcats lose early lead in four straight
Friday, Megan Farnham homered in each game, but despite leading early, Chico State failed to hang on. The Wildcats lost to Cal State Stanislaus 2-1 and later Dominguez Hills 3-2.
Saturday, things just got more frustrating. The Wildcats led host Bakersfield 4-0 before watching the Roadrunners rally for a 6-4 win. In their second game of the afternoon, Chico State led 1-0 and later 2-1 before San Bernardino exploded for five runs in the fifth. Bridgette Overstreet's homer gave the Wildcats some life, but they eventually fell 7-3.
Chico State splits with UC San Diego
Farnham went 3-for-5 in game two, but the biggest hit came in the eighth inning. Kamala Kiffe led off with an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt and then to third on a fly ball to right. Farnham drove her in with a solid shot to left field.
UC San Diego (19-26, 10-16 CCAA) led throughout the second game until Chico tied it in the fifth when pitcher Jodie Bland, who went the distance for the Tritons, walked Bridgette Overstreet with the bases loaded.
Starting pitcher Katie Stokx helped herself out in the first inning, blasting a two-run home run to left field to give the 'Cats an early 2-0 advantage.
The Tritons went ahead in the third when Jamie Hurst hit a bases-loaded single up the middle to drive in Amy Mettee and Jenny Spencer.
Chico pitcher Amber Neves picked up the win in the second game, giving up just two hits in five innings of relief.
In the early game, Chico State (21-25, 8-18 CCAA) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run to left field by Allie Shirley. It was Shirley's second home run in as many days.
But the lead was short lived, as the Tritons went ahead in the third, scoring two runs on a RBI double by Hurst and a sacrifice fly by Breanne Cope.
The Wildcats tied the game, 2-2, in the fourth when Amy Biersch drove in Rebecca Hanson for an unearned run. Biersch was 2-for-2 in the game.
The winning run came in the fifth when Hurst laid down a squeeze bunt to plate Mettee, who led off the inning with a single through the left side.
Stepanie Kurz recorded the complete game win in game one, giving up one earned run on seven hits and striking out six. Chico's Emily McDermont took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out two.
Chico State travels to Bakersfield next weekend to compete in the annual Mt. Dew Classic.
Wildcats get first CCAA doubleheader sweep of season
It was also a first for freshman pitcher Emily McDermont (W, 4-2), who threw her first shutout of the season. McDermont gave up five hits, struck out one and walked one in the opening game.
Chico put up its first run in the third inning when Bridgette Overstreet scored on a sacrifice fly by Katie Stokx. The 'Cats added two more in the fourth. Freshman Allison Shirley led off the frame with her first home run of the year over the left-center field fence. Later in the inning Amy Biersch delivered a two-out single to center field to score Ashley Andersen.
Chico State (20-24, 7-17 CCAA) had ten hits in game one, including two a piece from Overstreet, Biersch, and Amber Neves.
San Bernardino's (11-38, 7-17 CCAA) five hits were all singles. Diana Sutton (L, 6-11) took the loss for the Coyotes, giving up three runs on nine hits in four innings of work. Dawn Onishi gave up just one hit in her two innings of relief.
In game two, San Bernardino scored in the opening inning when shortstop Tami James was hit by a pitch and came around to score on first baseman Latisha Hernandez's single to right field. The Coyotes added a another run in the second frame on a crazy play when Kristen Garcia assumed she was out on a fielder's choice play at second base and as she headed to the dugout realized she was safe, and ended up on third. Ariana Ramirez scored on the play.
Chico scored in all but the opening inning of game two, but the Wildcats big rally came in the third. The Wildcats produced four runs on four hits, including RBI singles by Andersen and Biersch. Biersch came around to score on an error by the Coyotes' shortstop and Overstreet wrapped up the inning by scoring on a wild pitch.
San Bernardino cut the lead to 6-4 with two unearned runs in the fifth, but that was all the Coyotes could manage.
Andersen, Overstreet, and Neves each recorded two of the Wildcats' 10 hits. Andersen was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Katie Stokx (W, 12-8) recorded the win, giving up eight hits and striking out six.
Kristen Garcia was the only San Bernardino player with two hits in either of the games. Starter Jamie Killeen (L, 3-13) pitched just two innings, giving up four runs on five hits. Onishi pitched the final four innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits.
Chico hosts UC San Diego on Saturday. Game time has been moved up to 10:30.
Tough weekend for the Wildcats
Wildcats drop twinbill in Bakersfield
Chico falls to 1721 and 515 in CCAA play. CSUB, 3416 overall, 168, ran its winning streak to six games with the sweep.
Chico took an early lead on Roadrunner ace Erin Kelly due in part to a twoout error in the first inning of game one. But Chico sophomore Katie Stokx, who has suffered with control problems this season, walked five consecutive batters in the third inning to help CSUB
Despite the gift, the Wildcats managed to tie the game on an RBI double
In game two, Bakersfield pitcher Melanie Herrington pitched out of a few early jams then retired eight of the final 10 batters to record her first shutout of the season.
Chico seemed poised to blow game two open in the fourth inning when a leadoff walk by Megan Farnham, a bunt single by Kamala Kiffe and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with nobody out. But Herrington got pop ups from Alison Shirley and Lindsay Himmelspach before Amber Neves’ comebacker ended the threat.
Neves pitched out of her own fourth-inning jam when Mills led off with a triple, but the middle of the CSUB order left her stranded. In fact Neves, whose only shutout this season came against CSUB in late February, wasn’t challenged again until the seventh inning.
With two outs in the seventh, a misplayed grounder by Chico's second baseman allowed Christie Hill to score the game-winning run.
Overstreet and Shirley each had two hits to lead Chico State in the first
Chico travels to Carson to meet Dominguez Hills for a noon twinbill.
Wildcats finish 3-4 at Stanislaus Tournament
Stokx fires complete-game shutout -
With the split, Chico is now 15-16 overall, Hawaii Pacific ends up at 18-14 overall.
Stokx (9-6) struck out seven and walked five, as she recorded her team-high fifth shutout of the season. The Sea Warriors biggest threat came in the second inning with runners on second and third with one out, but a called strikeout and a ground ball to first base ended the rally.
Chico scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning. Stokx led off the frame with a double to center field and shortstop Megan Farnham followed it up with a double of her own to left center to score pinch runner Shannon Halley.
Hawaii Pacific starter Jessica Parra (7-5) took the hard-luck loss, giving up five hits, striking out one and walking two.
In game two, Hawaii Pacific lefty Mallory Anderson (4-4) threw a shutout of her own, giving up four hits in the game with no strike outs or walks.
Chico had only two runners get past second base. Third baseman Kamala Kiffe hit a two-out triple in the second inning and Megan Farnham advanced to third on a passed ball in the seventh with two outs.
The Sea Warriors scored an unearned run in the fourth when right fielder Rachel Lacar reached first on an error to lead off the inning and came around to score on an RBI-single by shortstop Brandy Choy Foo.
Hawaii added two insurance runs in the sixth. Designated player Holly Garcia led off with a double and Kim Fukumoto reached on a fielder's choice, as Chico attempted to get pinch runner Anolani Puchalski at third base. Tascha Berinobis brought in the first run with a squeeze bunt back to the pitcher and Anuhea Diamond hit a hard ball through the right side to score pinch runner Alisa Iloreta.
Amber Neves (3-8) recorded the loss, giving up five hits, while striking out three and walking one.
Chico travels to Turlock for a three-day tournament this weekend.
Wildcats split with Western Washington
Softball splits with Sonoma State
Chico State is now 12-13 overall, 4-12 in CCAA play. Sonoma State is 8-19, 5-11 in conference play.
Danielle McDavid’s RBI single in the bottom of the 13th scored Sharleen Koenig from second base to win it for SSU. Koenig (W, 6-7) pitched all 13 innings to earn the win.
Megan Farnham, Amy Biersch and Allie Shirley each had two hits for the Wildcats. Emily McDermont (L, 3-2), who came on in relief to start the fourth inning, pitched 9.1 innings and gave up just the one run.
In game two, the Seawolves managed just three hits off Chico starter Katie Stokx (W, 6-6), who recorded her fourth shutout of the season.
Chico's leadoff hitter Farnham was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Biersch, Katie Stokx, and Kamala Kiffe had the other three hits in the game.
Softball team splits with San Francisco
Softball team continues to struggle
Chico State has now lost 8 of its last 10 games to fall to 10-11 overall and 2-10 in the CCAA. San Bernardino improved to 7-17 overall and 5-7 in the CCAA.
Wildcats starter Katie Stokx (4-5) struggled to throw strikes in the opener and walked 10 batters, hit three more, and uncorked two wild pitches in six innings. She walked five hitters in the opening two innings, and San Bernardino took advantage by putting six runs on the board. Amy Biersch's first-inning sacrifice fly brought home Chico State's only run in the opener.
In the second game, Chico State starter Amber Neves (2-4) gave up 11 hits in three-plus innings of work. San Bernardino scored single runs in the first, second, and third frames, and two more in the fourth. The Coyotes hung on for a 5-2 win. Stokx's two-run homer provided the only real offensive highlight for the Wildcats.
Wildcats Split Doubleheader in San Diego
In game one, the Tritons scored four runs on just one hit in the fourth inning to defeat 2002 CCAA Freshman of the Year Katie Stokx. Stokx allowed just two hits for the game, and just two of the five runs she allowed were earned, but she also walked seven.
The Triton's Mieko McCue’s two-run double down the rightfield line was the big hit in the fourth inning. UCSD's Stephanie Kurz (2-1) threw six innings to earn the win on the mound.
Senior Ashley Andersen had two hits and an RBI for the Wildcats.Stokx dropped to 4-5 with the loss.
In the nightcap, six Triton errors led to four unearned runs, while
The Wildcats scored three in the first and two more in the third to jump out to a 5-0 lead. UCSD’s late comeback fell short. Neves threw seven innings, starting the game and later finishing it after she was replaced in the sixth.
Andersen added two more hits and also scored twice while junior centerfielder Bridgette Overstreet went two-for-three and junior third baseman Kamala Kiffe had an RBI double and two runs scored.
Jodie Bland took the loss for the Tritons, falling to 5-2. All-American Amy Mettee hit her second home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off a three-run sixth inning for UCSD.
With Friday’s split, Chico State, the 2002 West Region Champion, is now 10-9 overall, 2-8 in league play. UCSD moves its record to 10-7 overall, 6-4 in the CCAA.
Wildcats pick up first CCAA win in split with Bakersfield
Chico is now 9-8 overall, 1-7 in CCAA play. Bakersfield is 13-7 overall, 5-3 in conference.
Chico State did all the scoring in game two in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kamala Kiffe drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single by designated player Katie Stokx. Megan Farnham drove in the 'Cats first run in 30 straight innings with a single off the pitcher's glove. One out later, Allison Shirley hit a two-run double to left center to give the 'Cats a 3-0 advantage.
Amber Neves (W, 2-4) pitched her first complete game shutout, giving up five hits, striking out two and walking one.
Melanie Herrington (L, 3-4) went the distance for Bakersfield, giving up six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The Roadrunners had scoring opportunities in the game, leaving seven runners on base.
In game one it was all Bakersfield, as leadoff hitter Lynn Kraftschik walked to start the game and came around to score on a triple to center off the bat of Renee Rubio to tally the quick 1-0 lead. The 'Runners picked up a second run in the third inning on a bases loaded walk to Sarah McClain and added another in the fifth on an RBI-single by McClain. Bakersfield final run came courtesy of two three Wildcat errors in the seventh.
Erin Kelly (W, 9-1) recorded the win, giving up just four hits and striking out five with no walks. She pitched to the minimum number of batters through the first four innings.
Stokx (L, 4-4) gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work and continued to struggle with her control, walking five to her six strikeouts.
Wildcats softball squad continues slide
The Wildcats, 8-7 overall and 0-6 in the CCAA, absorbed their first two shutouts of the season at the hand of Dominguez Hills pitchers Valerie Long and Kim O'Hanian and have now failed to score in 20 consecutive innings.
Dominguez Hills improved to 8-1-1 overall and 5-1 in the CCAA.
Long started the opener and hurled five innings of two-hit ball before giving way to O'Hanian, who didn't give up a hit over the last two innings to pick up the save. Lori Moreno accounted for the game's only run when she collected a base hit, advance tot second on an error, and eventually stole home.
Katie Stokx (4-3) took the loss for Chico, despite surrendering just three hits in seven strong innings.
O'Hanian continued her mastery of the Wildcats in game two, scattering eight hits in 10 innings to collect the complete-game victory. Stokx, Chico State's starter, was also masterful, surrendering one hit in four innings of work before giving way to Amber Neves.
Neves and O'Hanian were near perfect for the next five innings before Dominguez Hills finally got to Neves in the 10th. Dominguez Hills' Natalie Sharp and Renee Snyder rapped two-run singles in the frame to break the game open and lead the Toros to a 4-0 victory.
Megan Farnham paced Chico State's offense with three hits, while Bridgette Overstreet and Amy Biersch finished with two hits apiece.
Wildcats lose two to Aggies
With the wins, Davis remains undefeated in CCAA games at 4-0 and is 11-4 overall. Chico State drops to 8-5 overall, 0-4 in CCAA play.
In game one, the Wildcats ended Aggie pitcher Amy Rosson’s (W, 7-0) season-long scoreless streak at 42 and a third innings when Ashley Andersen drove in Alli Shirley on a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the second inning. Chico took a two-run lead, 3-1, in the bottom of the third on two unearned runs.
Davis answered back and put the game away in the top of the sixth inning, scoring four runs on two hits, a two-run double by Michelle Malbon and a pinch-hit home run to left center by Megan Turman. Wildcat pitcher Katie Stokx (L, 4-2) walked three in the inning. The Aggies added on two more in the top of the final frame when Malbon singled to second base to score Jennifer Borrelli and Angie Linsenmeyer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In game two, Chico State again had the lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a three-run double down the left field line by Stokx to offset the Aggies’ two runs in the top of the inning. Davis tied it up in the fifth when Kristin Herrera singled to right to drive in Jenna Cresta.
In the top of the seventh, Davis’ Emily Hetzner broke open the 3-3 tie with a RBI-bunt down the third-base line to score Turman, who started the rally with a two-out single to left field.
Susan Churchwell (4-2) picked up the win, while Chico State’s Amber Neves (1-3) took the loss.
No. 7 Chico State sweeps No. 20 Humboldt State
Kamala Kiffe hammered a two-run homer in the first innings of the opener and a two-run single in the first inning of the nightcap and the Chico State starters Katie Stokx and Amber Neves made the leads stand up. The Wildcats led 6-1 entering the seventh inning of the first game and 7-0 entering the seven inning of the nightcap.
Chico State improves to 8-3 while Humboldt drops to 6-6.
Kiffe and Amy Biersch knocked in two runs apiece for the Wildcats in the opener and Megan Farnham had an RBI as the Wildcats led wire-to-wire. Stokx (5-1) made sure of that by tossing a complete-game four-hitter. She also finished 2-for-2 at the plate.
Lacey Morgan went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead Humboldt State's offense. Freshman Emily Weitzel took the loss, surrendered six runs on 10 hits over five-plus innings of work.
In the second game, Kiffe's two-run single plated Ashley Anderson and Bridgette Overstreet and the Wildcats tacked on three more runs in the second. Anderson, who went 4-for-4 on the day, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Biersch went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Neves (1-2) surrendered five hits in seven innings of work to pick up her first win of the season.
Kara Roberts took the loss for Humboldt State. She gave up five runs on six hits before being pulled in the second inning. Julianne Cree pitched the last four-plus innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Lacey Cope went 2-for-2 to lead the offense and scored the team's only run on a wild pitch in the seventh.
The Wildcats will be back in action Friday when they host UC Davis at noon. They also host Western Oregon Saturday at noon.
Cal State Stanislaus sweeps Chico
Stanislaus came into the contest with a 1-4 record, but begins the CCAA season 2-0, improving its overall record to 3-4. The Wildcats had their five-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-3 overall, 0-2 in CCAA play.
Chico pitcher Katie Stokx (L 4-1), who kicked off the season throwing 23 scoreless innings, was tagged for six runs in the first inning of game one. Stanislaus third baseman Sephora Scoubes blasted a towering grand slam over the left field fence which made it 6-0 with just one out.
The Wildcats had only three hits in the game, two of which were a double and a triple by centerfielder Bridgette Overstreet.
Pitchers Rachelle Verhoeven and Michelle Terrazas (W 1-2) combined to shut down the Wildcats in game two. Terrazas gave up just one hit in the final 2 2/3 innings. Amber Neves (L 0-2) went the distance for Chico.
Roxanne Rizzo and Pebbel Prestwood each had an RBI for Stanislaus, while Overstreet batted in Chico's lone run.
Chico, No. 7 in the preseason poll, battles No. 20 Humboldt State in a doubleheader tomorrow at noon.
'Cats ranked No. 7 in preseason poll
Chico takes two from Augustana: Stokx improves to 4-0; Shirley continues to produce
The Wildcats improved their record to 6-1 on the season in taking two from a team that made a trip to California all the way from Sioux Falls, S.D. Both teams went 4-1 at The Best of the West tournament in Modesto, held Feb. 1-2. Augustana has gone 1-3 since, dropping its record to 5-4.
Stokx has had uncharacteristic control problems so far, walking 29 batters in 29 innings. Last year, Stokx walked just 83 batters in 250.1 innings. In both games, freshman pitcher Emily McDermont relieved Stokx after she pitched the first three innings. In eight innings, McDermont gave up three runs and eight hits, and she picked up the win in game two to improve her record to 2-0.
In game one, Ashley Andersen sparked the Wildcats with a RBI single and a solo homerun to lead off the fourth inning. Andersen leads the team in batting average (.409), hits (9), and total bases (12). Megan Farnham and Amber Neves had RBI singles as well.
In game two, Andersen and Shirley had two-run singles, as Chico put up five runs in the sixth inning. Kamala Kiffe had the other two RBIs as Chico went on to win 6-3 and sweep the doubleheader. Stokx is hitting .368 with a double and 3 RBI. The Wildcats have stolen 14 bases in 20 attempts in their first seven games.
Chico State finishes second in Best of the West Tournament
Katie Stokx hurled two more shutouts in games three and five to improve her scoreless innings streak to 23. In game three, against Western Oregon, Stokx pitched nine innings, striking out seven and giving up only six hits. In the 1-0 win, Amy Biersch had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning.
In game four, freshman pitcher Emily McDermont picked up her first college win, giving up three runs in seven innings to beat Cal State Stanislaus. In a 3-3 tie, Biersch struck again, hitting a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Stokx and Kamala Kiffe each had a RBI in the game as well.
Game five was less intense for the Wildcats, as they handed San Francisco State a 5-0 loss. Stokx struck out 10 batters and surrendered only two hits to improve her record to 3-0. Freshman Allie Shirley had a double and three RBI. Ashley Andersen and Bridgette Overstreet each had a run and two hits.
Wildcats open season with win at tournament
Softball signs local hurler
Local softball pitcher Emily McDermont has signed on with the Chico State Wildcats for the upcoming season
McDermont was a four-year varsity starter for Pleasant Valley, leading the Vikings to three consecutive section titles. She was voted 1st Team All-Section the last two seasons. She is currently playing for the North Valley Rapids, who qualified for the 18-and-under softball national tournament.
Emily is going to be a great addition to our pitching staff. She's a hard working player with a true passion for the game, said Head Coach Teri Rupe. She throws a variety of pitches, which keeps the batter off balance. We are really excited that Emily will be a Wildcat in the fall.
McDermont joins a Wildcat squad that last year made it first post-season appearance since 1980, finishing among the top four in the nation at the 2002 National Championship in Salem, Virginia. The Wildcats lost just one player to graduation last season.