Taft College Cougars Women's Softball

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The Cougar softball program had its inaugural season in 1977 under the leadership of Head Coach Pam Robertson. In 1979 Coach Diane Campagna took the helm for the Cougars. She was the Head Coach from 1979-1987. The Taft College Softball team brought home its first conference title under Coach Campagna.

After the 1987 season the TC softball program welcomed Don Bandy as its new Head Coach. Bandy was the previous assistant in Coach Campagna’s system. Under the reigns of Coach Bandy the Cougars were 383-324-4 overall, winning the Conference Championship 7 times. In the spring of 2006 Bandy decided that he would end his 20-year tenure as a Taft College Cougar coach.

In the fall of 2006, the current Head Coach, Stefanie Walsh was hired to replace Coach Bandy. In the years since her hire, the Cougars continue to make strides to become legitimate conference contenders year in and year out. The Cougar softball team is built on five characteristics: Pride, Loyalty, Honor, Discipline and Work Ethic. Walsh believes that if those five characteristics are in place success is sure to follow. The sounds that can be heard from the Cougar softball field on a daily basis are erratic at best. You can hear the crack of softballs off the bat, bodies hitting the ground, loud words of encouragement, laughter, and the occasional bellowing scream. Energy exudes from the Cougar softball field and is carried over into the student-athletes accomplishments in the classroom.

It is a priority of the Cougar softball team to perform not only on the field but also in the classroom and in the community. During the last five years the Cougars have had 10 Academic All-Americans and have had team GPA’s above a 3.0. The TC softball team also believes in giving back to the community. The Cougars participate in the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign during the holiday season, they collect foods for the college ASB canned food drive, and they participate in the opening day ceremonies for the WSPRD Ponytail softball league, and hold a community softball clinic during spring break.

Walsh believes that the lessons learned by being a part of an intercollegiate athletic team are immeasurable. They are lessons that can mold our lives and the lives of people around us. Each year brings new challenges and new lessons and one thing’s for sure; the Cougars will be there, awaiting those challenges, ready to pounce.

Taft College &b WSR&PD Hold Youth Softball Camp
by Sadie Salazar
Taft College Student Writer

April 29, 2014

The Taft College Softball team joined with the West Side Recreation and Park District to hold a softball camp where kids from all ages could learn techniques while having fun. The camp was held over spring break for three days. About 40 kids participated in the camp and with the help of the Taft College Softball team the kids improved their game.

photos courtesy of Matt Henry, Taft Midway Driller

Cougars End Softball Season with a 6-1 Victory
W 6-1
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller

April 17, 2014

COALINGA – Taft College broke open a close game with a four-run seventh inning here Tuesday to close out the season with a 6-1 softball victory over West Hills College.

With the win the Cougars finish the season 7-11 in the Central Valley Conference and 9-25 overall.

Freshman third baseman Kyana Hirokane slugged two doubles and a single to drive in two runs and sophomore outfielder Mari Hernandez also drove in a pair of runs with a double and single.

No. 9 hitter Kelcie DeFreitas cracked a double and single to drive in a run, and Andrea Bouschet scored two runs.

Sophomore pitcher Cheyenne Emerson got the win with a complete-game five-hitter.  She struck out six and walked one. 

The lone Falcon run came on Kayla Day’s homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to get her team within a run, but the Cougars put the game on ice with a four-run seventh.

Hirokane, Hernandez Homer but TC Drops Pair
L 2-7 / L 7-16
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller

April 14, 2014

Kyana Hirokane and Mari Hernandez socked homeruns but Taft College couldn’t match Fresno City College’s power, and the Cougars dropped at Central Valley Conference doubleheader on the home field last Thursday.

The twin bill defeat dropped the Cougars (6-11 CVC, 8-25 overall) into fifth place heading into today’s season finale in Coalinga against last place West Hills (1-14, 4-22).

The Rams used big innings to derail the Cougars.

They had a six-run third inning that led to a 7-2 victory in the first game and came back with seven- and eight-run innings to rout TC 16-7 in the nightcap.

The Cougars managed just three hits in the opener and helped the Rams with four errors.

Hirokane belted a solo homer in the fourth. She also scored TC’s other run in the bottom of the seventh after drawing a walk.  Cheyenne Emerson got the RBI with a groundout.

In the second game the Cougars broke out on top with a three-run first but the Rams burst that bubble with a seven-run second inning, then put the game away with an eight-run fourth.

The Cougars rallied for four runs in the home half of the fifth but the game ended there on the eight-run mercy rule.

Besides Hernandez’s three-run homer, Tuiai Elisara cracked a triple to drive in two runs.

Elisara added a single and Sadie Salazar, Andrea Bouschet and Kelcie DeFreitas each had a pair of hits.

Hirokane and Emerson each had a single.

Bouschet swiped two bases and Salazar one.

Pitching statistics were unavailable.

After going hitless in the first game, Fresno leadoff hitter Rainie Thiessen went 4-for-5 in the second game.  Adriana Bencomo and Selena Ruiz each drove in four runs.  Ruiz had a homer.

CVC standings: Reedley 13-2 (19-15 overall), Fresno 13-3 (24-12), Sequoias 10-5 (21-14), Merced 7-8 (14-20), Taft 6-11 (8-25), Porterville (4-11 (12-22), West Hills-Coalinga 1-14 (4-22).

Reedley and Fresno have a showdown for the conference crown when they meet next Tuesday in a doubleheader that will close out the regular season.

TC Rides Schroeder's Pitching, 13 Hit Attack for CVC Victory
W 4-2
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller

April 3, 2014

Kacee Schroeder’s six-hit pitching combined with a 13-hit Tuesday to power Taft College to a 4-2 Central Valley Conference softball victory at Porterville College.

Kyana Hirokane banged two doubles and a single to drive in two runs and Sadie Salazar had three singles to set the pace for the Cougar offense.

The Cougars got off to a good start by scoring two runs in the first inning.

Andrea Bouschet beat out an infield grounder with one out and stole second.

After a fly ball out Hirokane, a freshman third baseman, drove an 0-2 pitch into the gap in right center to get Bouschet home with the game’s first run.

Hirokane scored on Kelcie DeFreitas’ single.

Bouschet and Hirokane teamed up again in the third to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

Bouschet drew a walk to lead things off and Hirokane belted a carbon copy double.  She made it to third on another DeFreitas single but was stranded there.

Porterville scored single runs in the fourth and sixth to get close, but the Cougars got an insurance run in the seventh when Hirokane walked, moved up on a grounder and scored on back-to-back Pirate errors.

Cheyenne Emerson, Tuiai Elisara and Schroeder had the other Cougar hits.

In the circle, Schroeder allowed two earned runs on six hits, struck out six and walked two.

The win improved the Cougars to 5-7 in the conference and 7-21 overall.

Next week the Cougars travel to Visalia for a single game on Tuesday and then close out the home season by hosting Fresno in a Thursday doubleheader.

TC finishes the season April 15 at West Hills-Coalinga.

Taft College @ Porterville College
W 4-2
by Sadie Salazar
April 1, 2014

Taft College traveled to Porterville on Tuesday to face the Pirates. Kacee Schroeder took  the mound leading the defense to shut down Pirate offense in the 1st.  Andrea Bouschet hit a single over the third baseman’s head, then steals to second base to place herself in scoring position. Kyana Hirokane whacks a double and scores Bouschet. Kelsey DeFreitas hits a single that scores Hirokane.  In the top of the 3rd  Bouschet gets walked, then steals to second. Mari Hernandez at bat, gets a hit but only enough to move Bouschet over to third. Hirokane then hit her second double of the day, allowing Bouschet to advance home (3-0).  In the bottom of the 4th, Cougar defense allows the Pirates to score one run (3-1). Bottom of the 6th Schroeder gives up a walk off homer, but cougars stay ahead 3-2. In the top of the 7th inning Hirokane gets walked and DeFreitas moves Hirokane to second. Cheyenne Emerson moves Hirokane to third, and next up to bat Tuiai Elisara brings Hirokane home. TC closes the game with three batters out, taking the win 4-2.

Six Magic Number for Cougar Softball Team
W 6-5
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller

March 24, 2014

Six was a good number for Taft College’s softball team last Thursday as the Cougars swept West Hills-Coalinga in a Central Valley Conference doubleheader.

The Cougars scored six times over the first two innings and held on for a 6-5 victory in the first game.

In fact, all the scoring was done in the first three frames.  West Hills did its damage with two in the first and three in the third.

The Cougars had it a bit easier in the second game by building up a 6-run lead before the Falcons scored twice in the sixth.

After spotting West Hills a pair of runs to get the afternoon started, the Cougars tied it on a walk, single, groundout and RBI double off the bat of Kelcie DeFreitas.

TC got four in the second inning on Sadie Salazar’s grand slam homerun.

The freshman shortstop from Hawaii sliced a 3-and-2 pitch down the right field line and used her speed to do the rest, beating the throw to the plate.

Scoring ahead of her were Cheyenne Emerson (walk), Kacee Schroeder (walk) and Andrea Bouschet (single).

That’s all the Cougars needed.

Emerson came on in relief in the second after starter Schroeder ran into trouble in the first.

Schroeder bounced back to win the second game, though, with a solid performance.

She went the distance, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and striking out 10 batters.

Meanwhile, her teammates were giving support with nine hits.

Emerson had a double and single to drive in two runs, Kyana Hirokane tripled and singled with an RBI and Mari Hernandez tripled and drove in two runs.

Salazar, Bouschet, DeFreitas and Tuiai Elisara all had singles.

The Cougars (4-5 CVC, 6-19 overall) draw the conference bye today before hosting Merced (2-5, 8-16) for a doubleheader on Thursday.  The first game starts at 1 p.m.

Taft College vs West Hills College (DH)
W 6-5/ 6-2
by Sadie Salazar
March 20, 2014

Game 1:
TC hosted a double header against West Hills College on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Cheyanne Emerson started on the mound and the Cougar’s defense gave up two runs. However, Cougars offense made it up and scored two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game. In the second Emerson gave up a two run homer and another homerun giving West Hills the lead with a score of 2-5. TC’s offense rallied with Emerson getting on first. Tuiai Elisara gets a hit putting two runners on. Kacee Schroeder picks up a single from fielder’s choice but Emerson gets out. Andrea Bouschet gets a walk and bases are loaded as Sadie Salazar comes up to bat. Salazar hits an in park home run bringing in four (6-5). The next five innings were all defense and TC gets the win!

Game 2:
Kacee Schroeder started on the mound in game 2 for Cougar defense. Schroeder puts down the first three batters. Leadoff batter Andrea Bouschet scores TC’s first run. In the second Schroeder once again puts down the next three batters. On Cougar offense Kelcie DeFreitas and Leona Kealoha scored one run apiece. TC holds a tight D in the third and on offense Sadie Salazar and Kyana HIrokane scored one each changing the score to 5-0. TC keeps up the energy in the fifth, scoring one from Hirokane as the defense stops West Hills from scoring. In the sixth West Hills scored two runs making it 6-2, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Cougars.

Taft College @ Fresno City College
L 1-2
by Sadie Salazar
March 18, 2014

The Cougars traveled to Fresno City College March 18, 2014. In the first inning both both teams go three batters up and three batters out. In the second inning Mari Hernandez strokes a ball deep over the Ram’s center fielder to start of fthe Cougars strong. Kailynn Miller gets walked and Tuiai Elisara hits a single to bring Hernandez in and move Miller over. Cougars take the lead early on. Kacee Schroeder started on the mound; with the help of the defense, refused to let the Rams score until the 4th when the Rams scored one run to tie up the game. Both teams fought to take the lead but it wasn’t until the bottom of seventh when the Rams snuck in a run to win the game 1-2.

Taft College @ Merced College
W 6-2
by Sadie Salazar
March 7, 2014

TC traveled to Merced College on Friday, March 7, after being rained out on the 4th,  to play their third game in conference. The Cougars scored 3 runs in the first inning. Sadie Salazar hit a single, followed by the number three batter, Kyana Hirokane who wacked a double and moved Salazar to third. Mari Hernandez came up to bat and hit a double bringing in Salazar and Hirokane. Kelcie DeFreitas flies out to center field allowing Mari to tag up and score at home. Merced scores one in the second. Still in the lead going into the third, Salazar hit a single and Hirokane gets another RBI bringing in Salazar. Cougars get out of the third inning 4-2. Kailynn Miller and Tuiai Elisara also scored one each as  TC shut down the Merced offense and won the game 6-2.

Taft College vs Allan Hancock College
L 0-2
by Sadie Salazar
February 20, 2014

Taft College travels to Santa Maria to play Allan Hancock College on Thursday February 20th.  TC allows Hancock to score two runs in the first inning. The remainder of the game the was all defense for both teams, leaving both teams scoreless for the next 5 innings. Taft College gets the loss 0-2.

Taft College vs Hartnell College (DH)
L 2-3/ L 4-5
by Sadie Salazar
February 18, 2014

Game 1:
On Tuesday, February 18 Taft College travels to Salinas to face Hartnell College. Cougar offense opens the game scoring one run in the 1st inning. Cougar defense stops Hartnell from scoring any runs until the 5th inning, where the panthers score two runs. Both teams’ defense refuses to let any runs to be scored in the 6th.  In the 7th inning TC scores one run; bottom of the 7th panthers score one run as well, getting the win 3-2.

Game 2:
The Cougars fall short again in game two against Hartnell College.  Both teams fail to score in the first two innings of the game. The Panthers score 3 runs in the bottom of the third. Cougar’s offense starts up in the 4th scoring one run. In the top of the 5th, the Cougars keep the momentum going and score three more runs, while the Cougar defense holds the Panthers at 3. TC gains the lead over Hartnell 4-3. Cougars drop the ball in the 6th giving up two runs.  Panthers creep up from behind and steal the win 5-4.

Taft College vs Bakersfield College
L 9-12
by Sadie Salazar
February 14, 2014

Next up TC faces Bakersfield College. For the first time TC gets ahead in the game 3-0 in the first inning. However, TC’s lead is short lived when they allow BC to score 5 in the second. TC does not give up the rally scoring two in the 3rd. Both teams are fighting to win the game. BC scores two more runs in the 4th. TC scores one in the fifth but the Renegades put up 5 more runs.  Both teams maintain a solid defense in the 6th. Trailing behind the Renegades the Cougars score 3 runs in the seventh but it wasn’t enough to get the win. TC falls short 9-12.

Taft College vs Santiago Canyon College
L 1-4
by Sadie Salazar
February 14, 2014

The Cougars headed to Bakersfield College on Friday to face Santiago Canyon College and Bakersfield College. 
After demolishing Bakersfield College 21-0 in 5 innings, Santiago Canyon is ready to face Taft College, expecting to run rule the Cougars as well, but only scores one in the 1st. TC’s defense halts any rally from starting. Cougar offense puts one on the board in the third to tie the game. Cougars hold Santiago until the 5th allowing one run to be scored. Santiago Canyon scores two more runs in the 6th. Cougar offense can’t get anything going, ending the game 1-4.

Taft College vs San Joaquin Delta College (DH)
L 0-8/ L 2-3
by Sadie Salazar
February 11, 2014

Game 1:
Taft College travels to San Joaquin Delta College for a double header on Tuesday.  Unable to shake off the loss on Friday, the Cougars struggle to bring their game.  Delta puts six runs on them in the first inning. Delta puts two more runs on the board, leaving the Cougars down by 8. TC’s defense does not allow any more runs to be scored. Unable to get anything going, TC loses 0-8.

Game 2:
Taft College comes out ready to play the second game. Delta College struggles to hit off TC’s pitcher Kacee Schroeder until the 3rd inning when they scored two runs. TC manages to hold Delta at 0-2 until the 6th inning, when Delta squeezes one more run from the Cougars. In the 7th inning Cheyenne Emerson starts off the Cougar rally with a single. Andrea Bouschet gets on and moves Emerson over. Sadie Salazar gets the RBI to bring in Emerson and put one on the board for TC. Salazar with the steal at second trips up the short stop and Bouschet advances home. The score is 2-3 and TC has a runner in scoring position but the Cougars fall short once again unable to move the runner over. The score remains 2-3.

Taft College vs West Valley College (DH)
L 3-7/ L 7-8
by Sadie Salazar
February 7, 2014

Game 1:
Taft College hosted West Valley College at home for double header action on Friday. The Vikings jumped out to an early lead, and a late Taft College rally. West Valley keeps their momentum rolling scoring two more runs in the 3rd, TC struggles to get a rally started. In the 4th inning the Vikings add four runs to the board, ending the 4thwith the score of 0-7. Cougars try to gain momentum in the bottom of the fifth, Mari Hernandez in scoring position. Kelcie DeFreitas hits a homerun to bring in Hernandez. In 6th inning Vikings fail to score, but TC’s Kailynn Miller gets an RBI bringing DeFreitas in . Cougars drop the game 3-7.

Game 2:
West Valley starts the game taking advantage of the TC’s lack of energy sweeping them 0-5 by the second inning. Cougars score one in the bottom of the fourth. Vikings add a run to their lead in the top of the 5th, as TC battles scoring five runs in the bottom of the 5th. Cougars refuse to roll over tying up the score 6-6. Under pressure Vikings score two runs in the 6th. TC gains a run in the 6th as well. It all comes down to the last inning. The Cougars without a problem get three outs, however West Valley doesn’t allow the Cougars runner in scoring position to score. West Valley pulls out a win 8-7.

Taft College vs San Jose City College (DH)
L 1-8/ L 4-11
by Sadie Salazar
February 1, 2014

Game 1
On February 1 the Taft College Cougars travel to San Jose City College. Kacee Schroeder starts on the mound. Three runs are given up in the 1st inning. TC answers back with a run scored in the second inning and a tough defense to hold the Jaguars 3-1 until the 5th. TC allows one more run in the 5th and struggles to answer back. In the 6th the Jaguars put four more runs on the board. San Jose City earns the win 8-1.

Game 2
Aiming to improve their mistakes in the first game, Taft College loses control early on. Cheyanne Emerson gives up three homeruns back to back in the 1st inning. Down six runs in the 2nd, Schroeder comes in to relieve Emerson. Schroeder gives up three homers as well; the Jaguars continue to push the Cougars further behind. TC tries to make a comeback scoring four runs in the 4th inning. Unable to take the win, TC loses 4-11.

Taft College vs Bakersfield College & Cuesta College
L 2-3/ L 6-7
by Sadie Salazar
January 30, 2014

Taft vs Bakersfield
The Taft College Cougars made an appearance at the Dean & Adah Gay Sports Complex, on Thursday, to face the Bakersfield College Renegades. Kacee Schroeder started on the mound pitching all seven innings. Schroeder allowed three runs, but her teammates attempted to gain the lead over the Renegades scoring two runs. Cougar defense refused to allow the Renegades to score. Top of the 7th, the Cougars have runners in scoring position. Schroeder’s up to bat with two outs, she rips it to right center field, but center fielder for the Renegades makes a diving catch to stop the Cougars. The final score remained 2-3, Renegades stealing the win.

Taft vs Cuesta
After playing the Renegades, the Cougars stay warm to take on Cuesta College. Returning sophomore Cheyanne Emerson comes in to pitch. Taft College gives up five runs in the first two innings. With perseverance the Cougars hold Cuesta at five runs until the 5th inning, and score four runs. By the 6thinning, Cougars stay in the fight to hold Cuesta College at five runs. Cougars are up to bat to fight to stay alive, scoring two more runs, making the score 6-5. In the 7th inning Schroeder relieves Emerson, however Cuesta puts up two more runs on the scoreboard. It’s do or die for TC, after a great come back, the Cougars fall short. Cuesta comes out on top 7-6.

Taft College Baseball and Softball teams host Triple Play Dinner with Dave Dravecky as Guest Speaker
by Travis Tessandori
January 11, 2014

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The Taft College baseball and softball programs hosted the Triple Play Dinner and Auction on January 11th to help with fundraising for the upcoming season.

The event was catered by Salty’s BBQ of Bakersfiled CA and dessert from Amanda’s Delightful Bites of Wasco CA.

There were a live auction and a silent auction featuring some great items, such as; an autographed Patrick Willis football, an autographed Orel Hershiser baseball, San Francisco Giants memorabilia, and many other jaw-dropping items.

The event also included a speech from former MLB pitcher and author, Dave Dravecky. Dravecky, who had a short but illustrious career, told the wonderful story of his trip to and out of the big leagues. After making it to the Major Leagues in 1982, Dravecky quickly made the All-Star team and also pitched brilliantly in two World Series games for the San Diego Padres in 1984. When traded to the Giants in 1987, Dravecky carried them to a National League West title but was struck with cancer in his throwing arm just a year later. In the NLCS, he pitched in two games and only allowed 1 run in 15 innings pitched.  Treatment allowed for an attempted comeback in 1989, only to fail and have Dravecky’s arm amputated bringing a hopeful career to a quick end.

Dravecky spoke to the men and woman Cougars privately before speaking to the whole crowd, a speech in which Head Baseball Coach Vince Maiocco said, “He had a great message of overcoming adversity. If you look at it from a baseball standpoint and in turn it can also correlate directly to life. His point of dreaming big, hit home with me, and if you don’t attain your dream then create another one. He touched on every facet of life, and somehow through all of the seriousness in his story he even managed to keep it humorous.”

The dinner all in all was a huge success, and both programs are very thankful for Dave Dravecky and his wife Jan’s presence, as well as, all of our sponsors and supporters.


Head Coach: Stefanie Walsh Superintendent/President: Dr. Dena Maloney
Assistant Coach:
Vice President of Student Services: Darcy Bogle
Athletic Trainer: Bruce Ferguson Athletic Director: Kanoe Bandy
  Athletic Secretary: Jennifer Edmaiston