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2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 1

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 1

The opening game of the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship did not go as planned for 10th-seeded Galveston College, as the Whitecaps fought hard but came up short against seventh-seeded Eastern Arizona College at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, Utah.

Opening strong, the 35-10 Whitecaps had an early one-run lead before the 53-10 Gila Monsters pulled ahead to earn a 5-1 come-from-behind victory.

Eastern Arizona’s Kendall Rauk allowed just one run on four hits on her way to recording a complete-game victory, while Sala Pedebone paced the Gila Monsters at the plate by going 1-for-2 with two runs driven home and a homer.

Kayla Shaw led the Whitecaps by going 2-for-3.

The Whitecaps will take on Central Alabama College today at 6 p.m. CST.   The game will  stream live on Galveston College’s Facebook page.

Game Recap
Eastern Arizona 5, Galveston 1 (May 16, 2018 at St. George, Utah)

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Galveston (TX)…… 100 000 0 –  1  4  0      (35-10)
Eastern Arizona….. 010 310 X –  5  5  2      (53-10)
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Pitchers:
Galveston – Kriesel, Ashley; Kerr, Kayla and Allen, Caylei.
Eastern Arizona -Rauk, Kendall and Burnett, Kaila.

T-2:05  A-0

HR EASTERNA – Kotrys, Lena; Liilii, Vesi; Pedebone, Sala.

Weather: 79 degrees

2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Update

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Update

It’s been a busy few days for the Galveston College Whitecaps softball team in preparation for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship, which begins today in St. George, Utah.

The Whitecaps won last week’s Region XIV tournament to advance to nationals, along with first runner-up Tyler Junior College. This is Galveston’s first appearance in the championship tournament since 2002.

The Whitecaps are among the top 16 junior college teams in the nation, an impressive group that includes last year’s champion, Chipola College of Florida, and two-time back-to-back champion, Butler Community College of Kansas.

After a travel day on Sunday and a busy day of practice on Monday, Whitecaps players volunteered at a skills clinic for youth softball players on Monday evening, where the kids rotated through pitching, hitting, fielding and other workshops. Coach Ken Delcambre and Coach Christa Harnett have instilled a great service ethic in the Whitecaps program, and the players were great mentors to the youth ball players.

On Tuesday, there was a team photo session and practice. The Whitecaps look great and are getting used to the lush green fields of the Canyons Softball Complex, which has been awarded the coveted quotation of “Complex of the Year” by the National Softball Association for the last eight years.

On Tuesday afternoon, the team went to Snow Canyons State Park for some more exercise. They spent some time climbing and hiking the impressive Navajo sandstone formations, which are featured in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Coach Delcambre is healing nicely from last week’s injury during the NJCAA Region XIV final game, and he’s been amazing on and off the field. (In fact, he just about climbed one of those Utah mountains!) Coach Harnett is an organizational genius, making sure the team is where they need to be, when they need to be there! Great coaches and great student-athletes equal a great team!

On Tuesday night, the team attended an awards banquet, where they met their host family, a sweet couple from St. George. During the Whitecaps introduction by the announcer, the ladies cheered GC Hey!, which was met with a lot of laughter by the audience! Great team spirit!

Guest speaker at the banquet was Team USA softball player Michell Moultrie, who encouraged the student-athletes to pursue their passion and to never give up.

Following the banquet, each team member exchanged a Galveston College T-shirt for a T-shirt from a student-athlete from another team. There was a lot of networking and laughter. Great team spirit!

The Whitecaps’ first-round game is tonight against the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters (22-4). It’s set to begin at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Please check out Galveston College social media for photos and videos.
Watch select tournament games via NJCAATV  |   Tournament website   |    Bracket details

Go Whitecaps!

 

Region XIV Softball Tournament

Whitecaps win NJCAA regionals, heading to nationals

Galveston College clinched a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship tournament on Sunday afternoon by defeating No. 5 nationally ranked Tyler Junior College in day 3 of the Region XIV Softball Tournament hosted by Lamar State College Port Arthur.

Galveston and Tyler worked their way through the winner’s bracket of the four-day tourney, meeting Sunday afternoon to determine who would punch a ticket to Utah and the national tournament later this month. Galveston came away with the 6-5 decision.

Monday’s championship game featuring Galveston and Tyler was halted in the second inning after an injury on the field.

Region XIV officials and the NJCAA have declared the game a no-contest since both teams have qualified for nationals. Galveston is the XIV champion; Tyler is the runner-up.

The NJCAA Division I Softball Championship is set for May 16-19 at Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah.

Photo courtesy Lamar State College Public Information

6 Whitecaps softball players named to 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone all-conference teams

Six Whitecaps softball players have been named to the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone first and second all-conference teams.

The Whitecaps landed five players on the first team and one player on the second team. Ashley Kriesel, a sophomore from Houston, was named Region XIV South Zone Pitcher of the Year.  First team selections included Kriesel; Alyssa Martinez, shortstop; Kirsten Shaw, first base; Alexandria Lewis, second base; and Kayla Kerr, DP/UT. Outfielder Anahi Hoover was named to the second team.

The Whitecaps softball coaches attended a coaches meeting at San Jacinto College on Tuesday, May 1, for the all-conference team selections.  The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team has qualified for the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament to be held at the Lamar State College Port Arthur field in Port Arthur, Texas. The Whitecaps secured the South Zone #1 seed with a conference record of 20 wins and only four losses. The team’s first game is Friday, May 4, against the East Zone #4 seed, Angelina College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Live video broadcast will be aired at www.coopersports.net.

Visit the tournament website or view the bracket.

Whitecaps Softball Tailgate

The Galveston College Student Activities office will sponsor free hotdogs, chips and drinks while they last at the Whitecaps softball game on Wednesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at Lassie League Field, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.

Whitecaps Softball Island Invitational

Galveston College Softball player battingCome support the Whitecaps Softball team in their Home Game Opener in the Island Invitational at Lassie League Field, located at 2506 83rd St.in Galveston.

 

 

 

2018 Galveston College Island Invitational

Friday, February 2Field 1Field 2Field 3
9 a.m.Blinn vs. ChipolaGalveston vs. OdessaAlvin CC vs. Snead State
11 a.m.San Jac vs. NavarroUH-Victoria vs. Seminole StateLPSA vs. Kilgore
1 p.m.Blinn vs. OdessaGalveston vs. Snead StateAlvin CC vs. Navarro
3 p.m.San Jac vs. Seminole StateUH-Victoria vs. KilgoreLSPA vs. Chipola
5 p.m.Blinn vs. Snead StateGalveston vs. NavarroAlvin CC vs. Seminole State
Saturday, February 3Field 1Field 2Field 3
9 a.m.San Jac vs. KilgoreUH-Victoria vs. ChipolaLSPA vs. Odessa
11 a.m.Blinn vs. NavarroGalveston vs. Seminole StateAlvin CC vs. Kilgore
1 p.m.San Jac vs. ChiploaUH-Victoria vs. OdessaLSPA vs. Snead State
3 p.m.Blinn vs. Seminole StateGalveston vs. KilgoreAlvin CC vs. Chipola
5 p.m.San Jac vs. OdessaUH-Victoria vs. Snead StateLSPA vs. Navarro

Galveston College Whitecaps to host Island Invitational softball tournament

Galveston College Whitecaps SoftballThe Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will host the 2018 Galveston College Island Invitational on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at Lassie League Field, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.

The Whitecaps will take on Odessa College at 9 a.m. on Friday at field 2 in the first round, which will feature teams from throughout Texas and the southern U.S.

Teams in the round-robin tournament also include Blinn College, Brenham; Chipola College, Marianna, Florida; Alvin Community College; Snead State Community College, Boaz, Alabama; San Jacinto College, Pasadena; Navarro College, Corsicana; University of Houston-Victoria; Seminole State College, Seminole, Oklahoma; Lamar State College Port Arthur;  and Kilgore College.

Now entering his 20th year at Galveston College, founding softball Head Coach and Athletic Director Ken Delcambre and his assistants have amassed over 700 wins in the past 19 years.

Coach Delcambre has coached 10 NJCAA All-Americans and four NFCA All-Americans, and three of his former players represented their countries’ national teams in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

In 2002, Coach Delcambre and his staff were awarded with the NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year award.

Coach Delcambre says he has high expectations for his team this year.

“The returning players have made great strides since joining the team last year, and the incoming freshmen have added speed, power and command to the well-balanced sophomore group,” he said. “I fully expect the team to make it to the regional tournament again this year, and I believe they are very capable of making a run for the national title.”

Galveston College competes as a member of the NJCAA and sponsors two intercollegiate athletic teams, including softball and baseball.

For more information on Galveston College Athletics and the complete Whitecaps softball schedule, please visit the official website.

The complete 2018 Galveston College Island Invitational tournament schedule is as follows:

 

2018 Galveston College Island Invitational

Friday, February 2Field 1Field 2Field 3
9 a.m.Blinn vs. ChipolaGalveston vs. OdessaAlvin CC vs. Snead State
11 a.m.San Jac vs. NavarroUH-Victoria vs. Seminole StateLPSA vs. Kilgore
1 p.m.Blinn vs. OdessaGalveston vs. Snead StateAlvin CC vs. Navarro
3 p.m.San Jac vs. Seminole StateUH-Victoria vs. KilgoreLSPA vs. Chipola
5 p.m.Blinn vs. Snead StateGalveston vs. NavarroAlvin CC vs. Seminole State
Saturday, February 3Field 1Field 2Field 3
9 a.m.San Jac vs. KilgoreUH-Victoria vs. ChipolaLSPA vs. Odessa
11 a.m.Blinn vs. NavarroGalveston vs. Seminole StateAlvin CC vs. Kilgore
1 p.m.San Jac vs. ChiploaUH-Victoria vs. OdessaLSPA vs. Snead State
3 p.m.Blinn vs. Seminole StateGalveston vs. KilgoreAlvin CC vs. Chipola
5 p.m.San Jac vs. OdessaUH-Victoria vs. Snead StateLSPA vs. Navarro

 

 

2017 Whitecaps Softball Team

GC Softball Concludes Another Successful Season

The Galveston College softball team concluded their 2017 season this past Monday while participating in the Region XIV Softball Tournament, Monday, May 6th thru Tuesday, May 9th, hosted by Angelina College in Lufkin, TX.  In the 1st day of play on Saturday,  Galveston defeated Tyler, on the 2nd day of play on Sunday, Blinn defeated Galveston College, and on the 3rd day of play on Monday, Angelina eliminated Galveston from the tournament with a 6-5 loss.

P-Ashley Kriesel (left) IF-Brianna Nunn (right)
P-Ashley Kriesel (left), IF-Brianna Nunn (right)

The Whitecaps overall record for the season was 28 wins and 24 losses, their conference record was 14 wins and 10 losses. Additional highlights for the year was; the Whitecaps completed their 18th consecutive winning season, this years team surpassed the 700 career win plateau, and their 15th consecutive season to make the Regional XIV Tournament.  Pitcher Ashley Kriesel (left) and infielder Brianna Nunn (right) also made 2nd-Team All-Conference for Region XIV South Zone.  Kudos to you Whitecaps on another great season!

Angel Villanueva

GC Softball Goes 1-1 in Region XIV Tournament

The Galveston College Softball team went 1-1 this weekend in the NJCAA Region XIV tournament, held in Lufkin, TX.  Their first game on Saturday, a 4-2 victory over the #1 ranked Tyler Junior College, was led by a 3-run homer from SS Angel Villanueva (image above) in the top of the 6th inning and a complete game 8-hitter by Ashley Kriesel.

Sunday’s game wasn’t as fortunate for the Whitecaps as they lost 9-1 to Blinn College.  The Whitecaps play their next game today at 12:30pm.