Yuma, Arizona – March 4, 2013 — Arizona Western College is proud to announce that AWC Softball player Courtnie Ploesch (KORT-nee PLOSH (long ‘o’ in last name… rhymes with ‘gauche’) has been named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Division I Softball Player of the Week, for the week ending March 2nd. It’s the first time that a Lady Matador softball player has earned the ACCAC POW honor since Jessica Soria took home the award in late March of 2011. The announcement comes just two days after Ploesch helped the Lady Matadors sweep a home doubleheader against Paradise Valley Community College at the AWC Softball Field Saturday afternoon.
Ever since heading down Highway 95 from her home in Blythe, California to the AWC campus for the first time 19 months ago, Ploesch has seen others on the team get the headlines while she quietly goes about leading the way for her team. She was easily the most consistent player on the Matadors’ 2012 squad, and was the lone representative for AWC on the softball postseason teams, but still didn’t get a ton of fanfare. This year, it’s been much of the same, yet now opposing coaches are trying harder to game-plan keeping Ploesch off the basepaths, since she tends to get the Matador offense going from her leadoff position. That was evident in every game the Matadors played last week. Tuesday, the Lady Mats went into their doubleheader with defending NJCAA Division II Champion Phoenix College knowing that they hadn’t swept the Bears in seven years. Ploesch helped change that with a four-hit day, knocking in a pair of runs in the first game (the difference in a 10-8 victory), and then crossing the plate three times herself in the 6-3 win in the nightcap-thanks to three hits, including two doubles. She followed that up Saturday afternoon by getting two hits in Game 1 against Paradise Valley, including an RBI triple in the 4th inning of the 9-1 mercy-rule win in 5 innings. In the nightcap, she reached base each time of the three times she came to the plate, getting a single in the process. She also stole a pair of bases and wound up scoring all three times. For the week, Ploesch was 7-for-12 at the plate (a .583 batting average), with a triple, two doubles and four singles. She stole 3 bases en route to scoring 8 times and knocking in 3 RBI. For the season, Ploesch is the team leader in hits (40) and runs scored (34), and is tied for the team lead (with April Marquez) in stolen bases with 12. Ploesch is also 3rd on the team with a .392 batting average and with 23 runs batted in, and is even tied for 4th in home runs with 2.
Ploesch and the Lady Mats now shoot for a perfect 6-0 homestand as they host defending Region I Division I Champion Pima Community College tomorrow afternoon. First pitch for the ACCAC doubleheader is scheduled for high noon tomorrow at the AWC Softball Field on the main campus (2020 South Avenue 8E in Yuma), and admission is free.