Taft College Cougars Women's Softball

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Taft College is very excited to have the softball team back on the field.  After a suspended season in the spring of 2015, Taft College made a commitment to our returning student athletes and to our community to put a plan into place that ensures the future success of our women’s softball program. 

Taft College is fully prepared for competition this spring 2016 season.  There have been many folks involved in holding up to this commitment.  Diane Emberson and Russell Emberson, both from Taft Union High School softball, worked with the softball players in the fall to prepare them for the spring season. Our maintenance department has spent countless hours getting the field ready for competition.  In December, the spring coaches were named and the rest in soon to be history.

The preseason outlook is very positive.  Although there are 3 players that remained at Taft College from last season, the team is still very young.  All have freshman eligibility and none have played college level competition.  The expectation is high as we use this season to build for the future.

After a Years Absence, TC Softball Gets a Re-start
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller

February 1, 2016

Taft College restarted its softball engine last Friday a year after a season was cancelled due to a lack of players.

As expected not all the cylinders were clicking but the coaches came away filled with optimism despite a 14-4, five-inning loss to Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

“We are essentially starting a new program,” said head coach Kanoe Bandy, who also is the college’s athletic director. “We had to literally start from scratch, but we are excited about starting a new season. We have some talent but just lack experience, especially our pitching.”

Bandy is teaming up with husband, Don, who came out of retirement, and newcomer Amy Droege, who was an assistant coach at College of the Canyons in Valencia last year.

“We not only have new players, we have a new coaching staff,” Kanoe Bandy said.

Three players from last year’s aborted season continued to work during the spring: Halle Neher, Bailey San Augustin-Nordmeier and Amber Vaughn. Neher and Nordmeier also play volleyball and Vaughn is a member of the Cougar basketball team, so she’s doing double duty.

Nordmeier pitched the first three innings Friday, giving up five runs (one earned), on four hits and six walks. Alexandra Benevidez worked the final two innings, giving up eight hits.

“We’re still working with her on her control,” Bandy said. “She throws hard.”

Nordmeier, shortstop Tiana Cantero-Kawela and second baseman Sonja Lawrence all smacked triples. Neher, Alexandra Benevidez, Vaughn, Keana Ratcliff-Hogan and Jaqulyn Martinez singled.

“As you can imagine, there were a lot of jitters,” Bandy said. “Everyone was nervous and it showed in how we played.”

The Cougars hope to calm the nerves some when they play a doubleheader against Gavilan College in Gilroy on Thursday.

The home opener is Feb. 9 when Chabot College comes to town for a twin bill.


Head Coach: Kanoe Bandy Interim Superintendent/President: Brock McMurray
Assistant Coach: Don Bandy, Amy Droege
Vice President of Student Services: Darcy Bogle
Athletic Trainer: Bruce Ferguson Athletic Director: Kanoe Bandy
  Athletic Secretary: Jennifer Edmaiston