WNMU softball has played one of the toughest non conference schedules this season, so getting back into RMAC play, especially at home will be a welcome respite of sorts. Western New Mexico will host Regis University in a pair of doubleheaders this weekend beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday with the second game scheduled for 1:00. The two teams will repeat that schedule on Sunday on the campus of WNMU.
The young Mustang team features a solid mix of returners with new faces, especially in the pitching ranks. A solid defense in the field and a strong set of bats will need to help carry Coach Angela Corliss' team through the early part of the season while freshman pitchers get the feel of college softball.
Among the returners are Kale Gahn, hitting .318 with a team high 3 homers, 8 runs scored and 10 RBIs this season. Stephanie Higgins is hitting .300 with a team high 15 hits so far this season. Mariah McDonald and Aimee Vasquez top a solid defense with Vasquex a perfect 1.000 in fielding percentage this year.
Domi Shone and BreAnna Eaker will handle most of the pitching duties this year after injuries decimated the Lady Stang pitching staff last season forcing Coach Corliss to use utility players on the mound. Shone is a freshman from Gold Canyon AZ where she was highly decorated being named All Region in 2009 and 2011 also being named MVP in 2011. She was also All-Gilbert in 2012.
Eaker is another true freshman coming to Silver out of Ramona Ca. During her high school career, Eaker was a First Team All-League three times, Second Team another year; Pitcher of the Year, ESPN All-Rise pitcher of the year, All League Pitcher of the Year; County All-CIF First Team and DIF D-4 Second Team. Her teams were runners up in CIF state tournament in 2011 and 2012.