Softball | 05/24/2010
Porter becomes newest Lady Matador Softball player for 2010-11
Kofa High pitcher signs letter of intent with AWC
Yuma, Arizona May 25, 2010 Arizona Western College is proud to announce that Kofa High senior pitcher Patricia Porter has signed an official letter of intent to attend AWC for the 2010-11 school year and play softball for the Lady Matadors' Softball team next spring. Porter announced her intentions at a press conference this afternoon at the AWC campus. The announcement comes just three weeks after the Lady Matadors' Softball team won their first postseason game since 2005 at the Region I Playoffs in Tucson.
Porter has been a mainstay in the starting lineup for the Lady Kings in two different sports over the past four years. During the fall months, she's been a key component of the defense of the Lady Kings' Volleyball team, playing on the backline as Libero for the varsity squad since she was a sophomore. But when the volleyball season came to a close, Trish's focus quickly turned to the softball diamond. Porter played on the varsity all four years. As a freshman, Porter played right field for the Kings, and then expanded her game to 2nd base and the pitcher's mound as a sophomore and junior. After helping lead the Lady Kings to the postseason as a junior last year, Porter's sole focus this spring became mowing opposing hitters down as the Kings' primary pitcher. Porter had several highlights during her senior season, including firing a five-hitter against Gila Ridge to give the Kings their first win of the season; firing a complete-game win against San Luis in mid-March while not allowing an earned run; and then responding both on the mound and at the plate against Gila Ridge in their second matchup in late April, fanning seven while pitching a complete-game four-hit win, and knocking in a pair of runs with 2 hits at the plate. Porter averaged 6.4 strikeouts per game with a 2.20 ERA during her senior season.
Porter caught the eye of AWC Head Softball Coach Nikki Bethurum and her coaching staff early in the season this year, and they continued to like what they saw as the season progressed. Trish has good movement and great spin on her pitches," said Bethurum. "She also has a pretty powerful bat. We liked her determination and her all-out will to win, and we think she can definitely step in and help our staff next year."
Porter becomes the first Yuma-area recruit of Bethurum's first full recruiting season as the Lady Matadors' permanent head softball coach (the 'interim' title was removed last month). Porter joins a Lady Matadors' squad that posted its first 40-win season in five years this past spring while qualifying for the Region I Playoffs for the second straight season.
(Porter action photo courtesy of Jared Dort, Yuma Sun Newspaper)