YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western College softball team’s pitchers and catchers proved to be a potent duo last week. The Lady Mats went 4-0, and pitcher Makenna Stram and catcher Jessica Alvarez were named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Division I Pitcher and Player of the Week.
Stram went 2-0 in the circle and had a 1.167 ERA in 12 innings. She held opposing batters to a .196 average and struck out 11 batters. In an 8-6 win over South Mountain, the freshman set a season high with eight strikeouts, and she only walked two batters all week. Plus, she drove in the winning run in a 6-5 walk-off win against Mesa where she didn’t pitch. She pitched the second game of the doubleheader and dominated in a 9-1 win.
On the year, Stram leads the team in innings pitched (92.2), wins (13-3), strikeouts (76), complete games (six) and ERA (2.27). Her 13 wins are second in the conference, the 2.27 ERA is third, and her 76 strikeouts are fifth. As a hitter, she is batting .407 with a .446 on-base percentage, and she leads the team with 31 runs scored. Plus she has 11 stolen bases.
Alvarez spent the week on fire and was 10-16 at the plate. The sophomore drove in seven runs, scored five more and hit a homer. She tied her season high with five RBI in the 9-1 win over Mesa, and she had multiple base hits in all four games.
The sophomore catcher leads the Lady Mats with a .436 batting average, and she is tied for the team lead with four homers. Her 29 RBI lead the team, and she has a .638 slugging percentage.
Stram and Alvarez both are the second players from AWC to be named the ACCAC Pitcher and Player of the Week. Koryne Coddington was the ACCAC Pitcher of the Week last week, and Allison Betty earned Player of the Week honors after the second week of the season.
The Lady Mats have won 13 straight headed into a doubleheader at Chandler-Gilbert this afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.