That’s a quote from 2nd year Head Coach Heidi Bird. Her experience as a standout player in high school and college while competing at Arizona State in two Women’s College World Series. “My expectation is that we will compete for championships every year. We are building a program and my goal is to build every girl as an athlete, student and person.
Build she is as the Lancers swept the Frontier league with a 13-0 record. Led by freshman Jessie Fontes, a phenom who committed in middle school to Arizona, the Lancers surround her with powerful hitting. Imagine your ace pitcher has an opposition batting average of .053 and your team responds with .359. There is little doubt what most of the outcomes will be. How about a league result of 101 runs scored vs 9 runs scored and an overall total of 147 runs scored against 11. Those are powerful numbers.
Senior Courtney Amman led that power with 3 home runs and 23 runs batted ins on a total of 13 extra base hits. By the way, Fontes can hit too with 10 extra base hits and 17 runs batted in. Junior Hailee Helstrom was right there as well with 9 extra base hits and 14 runs batted in.
The Lancers won 2 blowout games in the playoffs in Division 7 before an upset loss 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
The future is bright as the program builds although the Lancers have graduated 4 seniors. 70% of the runs batted in came from under classmen and the oft mentioned ace pitcher will be returning as a sophomore. Her pitching stats are stunning and required me to look them over multiple times just to be sure.
- Strikeouts – 227
- Walks – 17
- Hits – 14
- Runs – 10 (only 5 of which were earned)
- ERA (Earned Run Average) - .36
Follow the link to see a Video Montage of Strikeouts https://youtu.be/xmfKi6GhxOI
Awards were plentiful for the 2017 season:
Frontier League MVP: Jessie Fontes
Frontier League Coach of the Year: Heidi Bird
1st Team: Courtney Amman, Hailee Hellstrom and Kelsie Smith
2nd Team: Sara Arp, Aliya Dimuro and Regan Lee
Jessie and Courtney also were named to the CIFSS Division 7 All CIF team
Coach Bird is very excited about the future and she had this to say, “I’m looking forward to newbies Makenzie Whiteley, Reese Whiteley and Alexis Dimuro joining the team this upcoming season to help offensively and defensively. The team is motivated to improve this off season and have a better finish than last season. We're starting weights and conditioning this summer as well as through the fall to get us ready for Spring ball. We're looking to increase our strength of schedule this year to help prep us for the end of the season.