WolfPack softball posts best record ever

Two losses in the NJCAA Region IV tournament may have ended Madison College’s softball season, but what a season it was for the up-and-coming WolfPack.

The Madison College softball team posted its best North Central Community College Conference finish ever, placing second with a conference record of 12-3.

In addition, the WolfPack posted a 33-20 overall record, the best win-loss record in team history.

Not bad for a team that went 0-33 just four years ago.

A powerful offense played a big role in the team’s success this season. Overall, Madison College batted .323 with 29 home runs. Its opponents averaged .308 and hit just 15 home runs.

The offense was led by Breanna Guenther and Cheyenne Holmes.
Guenther had a team-high batting average of .413 and 47 RBIs. She had seven home runs and 16 doubles and scored 43 runs.

Holmes hit a team-high 11 home runs and had the second highest batting average at .375. She added 15 doubles, scored 45 runs and hit in 45 runs.

Jenalee Wilson and Courtney Boss were the team’s top two pitchers. Wilson had an 11-6 record and an overall earned run average of     2.34 runs per game. Boss had an 11-8 record and an overall earned run average of 2.98 runs per game.

NJCAA Region IV Semifinals
Waubonsee Community College 7, Madison College 4
Madison College fell behind early and was never able to catch up against Waubonsee Community College in a 7-4 loss in the NJCAA Region IV Semifinal game on May 2 in Freeport, Ill.

Waubonsee scored three runs in the first inning, two more in the third and one in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.

Madison College rallied to score four runs in the last three innings, but was unable to take the lead.

Paige Giese and Ashley Marshall both had three hits to lead Madison College, while Paige Giese added a double.

Courtney Boss pitched the loss, giving up seven hits and three earned runs in 3-2/3 innings pitched.

NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinals
Sauk Valley Community College 1, Madison College 0
Madison College was unable to score in a 1-0 loss to Sauk Valley Community College in the second game of the Regional Quarterfinals on May 1, despite out-hitting their opponent 7-3.

A walk and an error allowed Sauk Valley to score the game’s only run in the third inning, spoiling a gem of a pitching effort by Madison College’s Jenalee Wilson.

Wilson limited Sauk Valley to three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out three.

Madison College came close to scoring in three innings, leaving runners stranded on third base in two innings and having another thrown out at the plate in the third inning.

Holmes led all Madison College hitters with two doubles. Giese and Kayla Crump both added two hits.

NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinals
Madison College 4, Illinois Valley Community College 2
Breanna Guenther had two hits and two RBI to lead Madison College to a 4-2 victory against Illinois Valley Community College in their first game of the Region IV Quarterfinals.

Courtney Boss pitched the win, giving up just two runs in seven innings.

Madison College led from the start, as Kayla Crump scored on a hit by Ashley Marshall in the first inning and a double by Guenther in the third inning.

The WolfPack added another run in the sixth inning ask Kiana Smith drove in Nicole Hoffmann with a base hit.

Illinois Valley cut the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Madison College answered with another run in the top of the seventh to close out the scoring.