YUMA, AZ---A historic regular season is hard to come by in a tradition rich program but the Lady Matadors' 49 wins and record-breaking offense were honored Monday when the ACCAC & Region I Coaches voted seven players onto All-Conference and All-Region Teams. On top of that, AWC Head Coach Nikki Bethurum was selected as the ACCAC Coach of the Year for 2019.
Leading the pack was Sophomore Pitcher Koryne Coddington (Eastvale, CA) who posted an incredible 27-5 record with a 2.04 ERA in 182.1 innings while striking out 155. Coddington completed 24 of her 32 starts, leading the conference in starts, wins, and complete games while still being in the top five among ERA qualifiers. Coddington's game one starts were integral in the Matador's hot start to the season as well as the 21-game win-streak. Her 27 wins place her currently at the top of the NJCAA and helped her be named to both the First Team All-ACCAC as well as the First Team All-Region I.
Freshman Pitcher Sarah Velasquez (San Bernardino, CA) joins Coddington on both the First Team All-ACCAC and the First Team All-Region I thanks to a microscopic 1.84 ERA. Velasquez posted a n 18-2 record with 10 complete games in 122.0 innings while striking out 88 batters and notching two saves in six relief appearances. Velasquezworked in and out of danger all season long but consistently helped to put the Mats in position to win while pitching in 23 of the 49 wins.
In the lineup, lead-off hitter Sabrina Garcia (Oxnard, CA) set the table for one of the Nation's best offenses with a .458 average, reaching base at a mind-blowing .521 clip and swiping 32 bases, all team bests and top five in the conference. She also managed to blast five home runs and drive in 37 runs while scoring 71 times. Garcia's seven triples were second in the conference. Sabrina earns 1st Team All-ACCAC and 1st Team All-Region I honors as an Outfielder but spent time in the middle infield as well for the Lady Mats.
Fellow Sophomore Outfielder Aylin Campa (Yuma, AZ) from Gila Ridge High School also used her speed in landing a spot on the First Teams of both the ACCAC and Region I. Campa hit.404 with 15 stolden bases as was constantly on base in front of the Matadors' power hitters, contributing 43 of the Mats' 511 runs scored.
Rounding out the First Team All-ACCAC and First Team All-Region I honors was the Matador shortstop Cassandra Valle (Imperial, CA). Valle played a vital role up the middle for the Mats with slick-fielding while also contributing at the plate to the tune of a .439 average with 7 homers and 65 RBI. Valle shattered the Matadors' record for doubles in a season with 27 and hit all over the AWC lineup from lead-off to fifth, contributing in each spot.
Also, on the All-Region I First Team while also on the All-ACCAC Second Team is Matador Third Baseman Danielle Burgos (Calexico, CA). Burgos' monster power numbers were 10 homers and 77 RBI. Her RBI total put her 7th in the country and 2nd in the ACCAC while also maintaining a .425 batting average. "Massie" was also second on the team with 62 runs scored while displaying a knack for keeping the ball in play, only striking out eight times in a team high 186 at-bats.
Another pivotal part of the Matador offense earned Second Team All-ACCAC as Catcher/First-Baseman Andrea Cline belted eight homers and still managed to drive in 54 runs while holding down the clean-up spot for Arizona Western. Cline hit an impressive .417 with 13 doubles. Cline also managed the Matador pitching staff all season long working with the trio of Matador arms and providing a key piece of the AWC defense.
Rounding out the recognition with a team full of All-Conference and All-Region selections is the ACCAC Coach of the Year Nikki Bethurum. The Lady Matadors continue to excel under Bethurum, who tallied her 400 career win at AWC in the final week of the regular season and oversaw a top five offense in the country while posting 49 wins on the way to the Matadors first hosting duties of the Region I Playoffs since 2014.
Arizona Western will host the Region I Playoffs beginning on Friday, May 10th. AWC will play Pima in the first round beginning at 11am. It is double-elimination with the winner of the tournament advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah.
For the full conference and region honors, click here.