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WC Softball Season Wrap-up

Coyotes look back on 46-11, Conference Championship Season

5-23-17 Macie Perrin-Batting Stance
Macie Perrin "Batting Stance"
Photo by Katie Edwards

It wasn't often the Weatherford College Coyotes softball team was stumped this season, one of the program's best ever. However, when asked to name the highlight, head coach Haylee Williams found herself with a hard choice.

"It’s hard to pick one thing. We had so many records broken this year. We had some firsts in program history. We had some really amazing regional tournament moments but I think I would have to say winning a conference championship, at home, under the lights was the highlight," she said.

"This conference is so tough, and this was the most competitive the conference has been as a whole, top to bottom since I have been at Weatherford. It was such a tough fight all season, and the way they pushed and played their tails off all season to achieve that goal was really great, and being able to do it at home and watch them celebrate was awesome."

There were many reasons to celebrate this season for the Coyotes, who finished 46-11 and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation. They captured the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference championship with a 27-5 record and swept the top conference awards.

Williams was named Coach of the Year, Macie Perrin was named Player of the Year for a second straight season, and Morgan Rackel was chosen as Pitcher of the Year. In addition, freshman Kristeny Magallanes (infielder), freshman Francine Garcia (designated player) and sophomore Madison Hightower (infielder) were named All-Conference. Garcia, Magallanes, Perrin, and Rackel earned All-Region 5 North honors as well.

While the Coyotes will see a fair amount of talent move on, Williams is excited about the experience the freshmen got this season.

"These freshmen got to see great leadership in action. Our sophomore class was exemplary in the classroom and on the field. They truly embodied what it means to be a Weatherford College student-athlete," Williams said. "The freshmen also saw what it means to work hard and to fight for everything you want. This team fought so hard every game and didn’t let anything get to them, they were extremely mentally tough.

"I would hope the biggest things the freshmen take from this season and try to instill in the incoming kids are work ethic, mental toughness, always play hard, and how to be a good teammate."

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In all, the Coyotes' roster this season featured a dozen freshmen and nine sophomores.

Williams will enter next season with 199 career wins. Her team advanced to the Region V-North championship game, but fell 4-3 to North Central Texas College, coming up a game shy of their second world series berth under Williams.

"I really would have liked to get that 200th this season. That means we would be in Utah right now," Williams said, adding with a smile, "If we don’t get to 200 next season something has really gone wrong."

Rackel has signed a letter-of-intent to play next season at NCAA Division I Austin Peay and Perrin at Division II Texas A&M Commerce. Courtney Campbell will play at Division III UT-Tyler, and Aspen Grimes and Hightower are still deciding between several schools, Williams said.

The Coyotes especially excelled on the road, going 19-3 in opposing ballparks and 9-2 at neutral sites. Of course, they were also good at home, going 18-6.

"I have never been more proud of a team than I was at the end of this season," Williams said. "The way they fought all year and fought at the regional tournament was remarkable. I know we didn’t win the regional tournament and make it to the national tournament but winning a conference championship, in this conference, is very hard to do.

"Winning a conference championship means you played two month’s-worth of really great softball against every team in the conference, and I hope they all take pride in that."

Weatherford College Coyotes Softball at a glance:

  • Record: 46-11
  • Conference: 27-5, first place
  • Postseason: Advanced to the championship game of the NJCAA Region V-North Tournament,
    falling 4-3 to North Central Texas College.
  • Home record: 18-6
  • Road record: 19-3
  • Neutral record: 9-2
  • Team batting average: .336
  • Team on-base percentage: .410
  • Team slugging percentage: .517
  • Team doubles: 89
  • Team triples: 12
  • Team home runs: 59
  • Team walks: 197
  • Team stolen bases: 62 (74 attempts)
  • Team ERA: 2.30
  • Team fielding percentage: .952
  • Batting leaders: Macie Perrin, sophomore, .455; Morgan Rackel, sophomore, .414; Francine Garcia,
    freshman, .374
  • RBI leaders: Perrin, 86 (first in conference); Rackel, 49; Garcia, 46
  • Home run leaders: Perrin, 22 (first in conference); Rackel 9; Kristeny Magallanes, freshman, 8
  • Stolen base leaders: Perrin, 25 (second in conference); Mikala Douglas, freshman, 9; Magallanes, 6
  • Double leaders: Rackel, 21; Perrin, 18; Garcia, 18
  • Triple leaders: Perrin, 5; Magallanes, 3; Rackel, 2
  • Hit leaders: Perrin, 92; Rackel, 67; Garcia, 64
  • Walk leaders: Madison Hightower, sophomore, 26; Aspen Grimes, sophomore, 25; Rackel, 23
  • Pitching victories: Rackel, 28-6 (second in conference); Katy Simon, freshman, 12-3
  • ERA leaders: Rackel, 1.97; Simon, 2.80
  • Pitching strikeout leaders: Rackel, 124; Simon, 63
  • Innings pitched leaders: Rackel, 213; Simon, 110
  • Fewest walk leaders: Rackel, 23; Simon, 37

by Rick Mauch

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