By Dave Loveton, sports information
Friday, June 24, 2011
Vaqueros enjoy dream season
Snyder guides team to first WSC title
The best softball season in SBCC history started with a flurry of wins and ended with
the first Western State Conference title and a berth in the Southern Cal Regional
The Vaqueros posted a school-record 31 wins with only seven defeats. They started with a 13-1 record, capped by a record-breaking 12-game win streak. They won the Fresno City Tournament after opening with a 3-1 upset of the state’s No. 1 team, College of the Siskiyous. On April 8, Santa Barbara knocked off No. 4 Mt. San Antonio 1-0 on Laura Cannon’s walk-off single in the seventh.
Pitcher Kailey Snyder (27-6) garnered All-American honors and was named Pitcher of the Year for Southern Cal and the WSC Gold Division. She set new SBCC records for wins in a season (27), strikeouts (234) in a season and strikeouts in game (15). The season strikeout total was No. 2 in California.
The sophomore from St. Joseph High in Santa Maria had 14 shutouts, including a no-hitter and a perfect game in back-to-back outings.
Snyder recorded a 0.94 ERA in the regular season and also led the Vaqueros in batting with a .478 average. She was the State Female Athlete of the Month in March and went on to receive SBCC’s Female Athlete of the Year award for all sports. She received a full scholarship to Colorado State.
Shortstop Laura Cannon was the Gold Division Player of the Year after hitting .456 with four homers, 32 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Joan Cannon, her twin sister, was a first-team All-WSC selection (.350 avg., 26 stolen bases), along with first baseman Jasmyne Holmes and third baseman Lisa Zeitlin.
The Vaqueros went 15-2 at their remodeled Pershing Park Field and won the WSC Gold title by two games with a 16-2 mark. They ended the regular season in spectacular fashion, rallying from a 6-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh against Hancock. Laura Cannon belted a three-run walk-off homer to cap the dramatic 7-6 victory.
They were seeded 10th for the Regional playoffs and lost the best-of-3 series at Santa Ana by scores of 3-2 and 7-2. It was the first time the Vaqueros had dropped two straight game all year.
In her 13th season, Paula Congleton was named WSC Gold Division Coach of the Year for the third time. She was also the Southern Cal Coach of the Year.
“It was a wonderful season with wonderful kids,” said Congleton.
2011 WSC Gold Division
WSC GB Overall
SBCC* 16-2 -- 31-7
Ventura* 14-4 2 23-17
Oxnard 11-7 5 19-15
Moorpark 11-7 5 17-15
Cuesta 8-10 8 13-27
Hancock 3-15 13 8-28
L.A. Pierce 0-18 16 5-33
* Earned Regional berth