The Raiders baseball and softball teams captured first place in their respective divisions during the May 11-12 weekend.
The baseball squad won its third consecutive West Division title in the program’s history while the Raider Softball team won its sixth West Division title in the past seven years.
Both teams have qualified for high seeds in the NWAACC Championship Tournaments. The softball championships are May 17-20. The baseball championships start May 23 and run through Memorial Day weekend.
In recent games, the Raiders softball team went 5-0, taking a rare tripleheader against South Puget Sound Community College (17-0, 12-2, and 4-0), and taking both ends of the doubleheader from Centralia College (9-4 and 12-3). The wins vaulted the Raiders into first place in the West, and improved their league record to 12-2.
Raiders baseball team swept its four game series against Grays Harbor College; taking two at The Harbor (1-0 and 8-2), and two more at home (7-3 and 7-1). The four wins places the Raiders in first place in the West (16-4), with a one-game lead over Tacoma and Lower Columbia.
Raiders baseball players include Deven Kaaiwela, Isaac Kim, Lee Larson, Darrien Moran, Brett Oyer, Kosuke Hayashi, Kyle Pegram, Drew Cratsenberg, Anthony Frigerio, Levi Goodin, Sam Shadle, Elliot Morris, Josh McCoy, Heath Dempsey, Trever Quitugua, DJ Elmer, Cole Uvila, Jeff Nelson, Michael Sherwin, Wes Hoskins, Austin Weber, Brett Johnson, d’Aundray VanSlyke, and Brett Murphy.
Raiders softball players include Courtney Cox, Kayla Peters, Ashley Bezdicek, Tessa Sams, Kelsey Trautmann, Ericka Hobson, Jorden Steele, Kassidy Rauch, Lunden Young, Michaela Heileson, Kierston Perry, Hailey Haukeli, and Brittanie Halquist.
With the two West Division titles secured by the baseball and softball teams this weekend, added to the West Division title won by the men’s basketball team in February, this is the first time in the 45-year history of Pierce College Athletics that three Raider teams have won divisional titles in the same year.
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