ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Softball season ends for local alumni
Alyssa Reina, a 2012 Bear River graduate, and the North Dakota State University softball team were bounced from the NCAA Seattle Regional after falling to No. 15 ranked Minnesota twice. The Bison (39-15) opened the regional with a loss to Minnesota, but then beat Weber State before losing to Minnesota in an elimination game.
Reina, a redshirt junior catcher, was 1-for-9 with a walk and a run scored across the three games.
The loss ends the season for the Bison who won 39 games and won the Summit League. For the season, Reina started all 54 games, batted .335 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and a team best 49 RBIs.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ‘12; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (38-16) had their season come to a close after losing to Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas A&M in the NCAA Lafayette Regional. Texas did open Regional play with a 5-0 victory over Texas A&M, but were not as fortunate the second time around.
Ceo, a senior second baseman, was 0-for-7 across the three games. For the season, Ceo started 53 games, batted .273 with three doubles, three triples, 12 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The loss ends Ceo’s playing career at Texas where she was a four-year starter.
Maddie Phelps (Bear River ‘12 Alabama State University) and the Hornets (28-27) also had their season come to a close after losses to No. 1 ranked Florida and No. 22 ranked Florida Atlantic University in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
Phelps, a senior pitcher, took the loss from the circle in both games.
The loss ends an incredible senior season for Phelps, who went 18-12 with a 3.70 ERA. Phelps was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, was named the SWAC Pitcher of the Week multiple times and also notched a no-hitter.
Chris Porter (Nevada Union ‘11; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (33-22) had their season end after losing to No. 7 California Baptist and No. 13 Dixie State in the NCAA Division II West Regional.
Porter, a senior catcher, was 3-for-8 with a double across the two games. On the season, Porter started 52 games, batted .292 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 40 RBIs
Zach Welz (Bear River ‘11; Inland Empire 66ers) played in seven games in seven days for the 66ers last week.
Welz, an outfielder, went 4-for-24 during the seven game stretch with five RBIs. Since joining the 66ers, an Advanced Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, Welz has played in 17 games, is batting .298, has three doubles and seven RBIs.
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