Six Softball Players Named All-WSC
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 10, 2017)— Softball finished third in the Western State Conference with a 17-7 record against the loop and was well represented on the all-conference teams with six players earning all-WSC recognition. The Cougars placed four players on the first two teams, including Demi Danell (Hanford) and Madi Zelenski (Palmdale). The Cougars finished Coach Jeannane Ruck’s first season at the helm 23-16-1 overall.
Two-time All-Western State Conference First Team Pitcher Demi Danell (Hanford) closed out her career as one of the Cougars’ all-time greats in both the pitching circle and the batter’s box. She holds Cuesta’s career pitching marks for games started (56), complete games (36), shutouts (12), strikeouts (317), and wins (36). She is also locked into the Top 10 for almost every other season and career pitching category. Danell was 16-8 this season with a 2.20 ERA and hurled 153.0 of the team’s 256.2 innings on the year. Danell also batted .383 and drove in a team-high 35 runs this season. She ends her career ranked second in both career RBI (67) and on-base percentage (.466), as well as third in batting average (.397).
Third Baseman Madi Zelenski (Palmdale) enjoyed a standout sophomore campaign. She locked down the “hot corner” on defense and added a .342 average on offense. Zelenski’s consistency at the plate and in the field was a key to the Cougars’ success this season. She also drove in 23 runs and boasted a .400 on-base percentage for the season.
Catcher Dayna Manser (SLO HS) and Shortstop Taylor Jacobson (Atascadero HS) were both named to the 2017 Western State Conference Second Team. Manser established herself as one of the most feared hitters in the state. She led the Cougars with a .465 batting average and slugged team-highs in doubles (12) and home runs (7). Jacobson joined Zelenski to lock down the leftside of the infield and swung a strong bat for the Cougars. She hit at a .331 clip and added a pair of home runs and 24 RBI.
Sophomore Utility Players Rebekah Hernandez (Arroyo Grande HS) and Kassi Sanchez (Palmdale) were selected as 2017 All-WSC Honorable Mention picks. Hernandez was second on the team in home runs (3) and batted .292 on the season. She also hurled 80.2 innings from the pitching circle and posted a 5-7 record with a 3.21 ERA. Sanchez hit an even .300 and also spent time in the pitching circle. She was 1-1 with a 1.83 ERA over 23 innings of work.
2017 WSC Softball Awards
Demi Danell- All-WSC First Team
Madi Zelenski - All-WSC First Team
Dayna Manser- Second Team
Taylor Jacobson - Second Team
Rebekah Hernandez - Honorable Mention
Kassi Sanchez - Honorable Mention