Sept. 6, 2011 New Westminster
Thursday, September 8, 3-6pm
Tuesday, September 13, 3-6pm
Moody Park, New Westminster
Just one season into NWAACC competition, two Douglas softball players and head coach Gord Collings have earned major accolades.
Katie Osborne and Kimberly Maedel were both named as Northern Conference allstars while Collings was co-winner of Coach of the Year honors after leading the fledgling team to an 11-13 record.
Both Douglas allstars made significant contributions to the first-year squad. Osborne, sophomore first base, hit a .316 Batting Average and 19 RBIs. After playing an earlier season with another program, she will be unable to rejoin the Royals after completing her eligibility.
“Kate brought experience to our team and helped the first-year players appreciate the need for commitment and hard work,” said Collings.
Maedel moved to Lower Mainland to wear Royals colors and became a key player in the batting order, hitting .373.
“Kim came to Douglas from Port Alberni and stayed with her aunt in Port Coquitlam so she could play on the softball team,” said Collings.
“She is a very dedicated player who progressed very well during the season. She became one of our best batters by the end of the season.”
The Royals ended their inaugural campaign in fifth place in the seven-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s Northern Conference, missing the playoffs by one spot.
The Royals softball team wrapped up their preseason play last Saturday at Beedie Field at SFU with a double-header against SFU and UBC. The women were impressive against the powerhouse SFU Clan. The offence was sparked by a solo homerun by catcher Elana Spelling, who is in the record books as the first player to hit a homerun at the new field. The Royals were also helped out by Emilie White and Andrea Mullan, both hitting bases clearing doubles in the last inning. The Royals then played the UBC Thunderbirds holding them within a few runs. Elana Spelling put up her second homerun of the day clearing the left field wall. The Royals defense was dominated by the outstanding pitching of Kyla Myre. The Royals have had a successful fall season highlighted by a tournament in Portland and impressive performances against SFU and UBC at home. The players and coaches look forward to a successful season in the spring.
The DC Royals Softball Team made history last weekend as they kicked off their inaugural season as a Varsity sport at Douglas College by competing in the NWAACC Fall Classic and Showcase Tournament in Portland, Ore.. South-Western Oregon, last year’s NWAACC finalist, shared the spotlight with the Royals in the first scrimmage of the tournament as Douglas College became the first Canadian school in history to compete in NWAACC Softball. The Royals also had respectable performances against community colleges from Treasure Island, Ore. and Walla Walla, Wash. as all team members participated in the scrimmages before watching sophomore all-star, Andrea Mullan, compete in the North vs. West Showcase Game.
The team completes the fall game schedule with scrimmages at the new SFU Softball Park on Friday, Oct 8th at 5 pm against SFU and on Saturday, Oct. 16th against SFU at 11 am and UBC at 1 pm.
The Douglas College Royals Softball team is conducting ID camps for all those interested in competing in the 2010-11 academic year. ID camps dates are listed below:
August 26th at North Delta Park, 6-8:30pm
September 2nd at North Delata Park, 6-8:30pm
September 9th at TBA, 6-8:30pm
Douglas College is proud to announce that the Royals Women’s Softball Program will commence competition in the North Division of the North West Athletics Association of Community Colleges (NWAAC) effective the 2010-2011 academic year. The Team has been operating as a club sport for the past 2 years and will join the Royals Varsity Program. The team will be coached by Gord Collings who has been with the program since it started 2 years ago. “Gord is true educator, he recently retired from 34 years as teacher and administrator in the BC High School system. He also has a huge softball background as he has coached the Delta Heat for 17 years and is the Head Coach for Team BC for the 2011 Western Canada Games. He truly believes in enhancing the total student experience.” stated Dean Howie the Director of Athletics and Campus Life.
“BC is a hotbed for softball talent and this is a great opportunity for student-athletes to combine their post secondary education with softball while they stay at home.” mentioned Collings.
The coaching staff is presently hard at work recruiting players and finalizing the roster for the fall exhibition season. Based upon the results of the team this year and quality of players the Douglas Royals believe they can be a competitive team from the start. For more information please consult www.douglascollegeroyals.com
Game 1. Saturday A great weekend of ball by the Douglas College Softball Team. Friday night's double header was not meant to be due to a rainout. With an adjustment to the tournament schedule Saturdays our first round robin game against the Surrey Stealers 6 t0 1 win on nine hits. Kyla Myre winning pitcher also had the first home run for Douglas Royals of the tournament. Faithe Pogany started the 6 th inning off with a double and Kristi Wilson earned the RBI for Pogany's run.
Game 2. The great hitting of the Cavaliers proved to be too much for the Douglas Royals handing the Royals a loss of 12 to 2 the Royals.
Game 3. An unfortunate loss 2 - 1 for the Douglas Team two runs that were scored in the first inning on 2 hits and one error. The Royals scored Lauren Shannik in the 4 th inning Kyla Myre got the RBI. Douglas's struggled with there hitting Fleetwood Force limited the Roylas to 3 hits for the game 2 singles by Lauren Shannik and one by Kim Stoliker.
Game 4. Sunday Semi Finals: Douglas was placed into the Consilation Bracket: Douglas beat the Maple Ridge Womens Pink Energy in 4 innings a 10 -0 Mercy. Kyla Myre pitching was too much for the Pink Energy Myre allowed one walk and only 1 hit. Laura MacMillian did a great job behind the plate with a double play throwing out a runner on 3rd base. The Royals bats were very strong scoring 10 runs on 10 hits. Rylee Duncan started the 1st inning with a homerun. The Royals second inning included 6 runs. This win put Douglas into the finals at 3:30 pm.
Game 5. Douglas Royals Cosilation winners 7 to 1 against Surrey Stealers The final game Kyla Myre allowed only 2 hits Elana Spelling called a great game behing the plate.The first inning set the tone of the game with Danica Anderson lead off batter getting on base due to a hit by pitch. Nicole Kolbilansky moved her on a single, Rylee Duncan sac bunt moved Danica Anderson into scoring position Kyla Myra recieved the first RBI on a single followed by Katie Osborne single also getting a RBI Lauren Shannik singled and Alyssa Felbel singled and earned a RBI with bases loaded.
Stellar Middle defense by Short Stop Danica Anderson and 2nd baseman Chelsea Baker. Plus the outfielding from Sam Morgan and Rylee Duncan.
Notible hit in the final Katie Osborne hiting a home run batting .500 for the weekend. Devon Rutledge and Kim Stoliker also batted .500 for the weekend as well as centre fielder Alyssa Felbel who had 1 double. Pitcher and Short Stop Nicole Kobilansky batted .450 with one double. Kyla Myre batted .400 with 2 homeruns and 1 double she ptiched 4 of the 5 games with 3 wins including the final. Nicole Kolbilansky and Devray Steele also helped out on the mound.
Top batter 3rd baseman Lauren Shannik who had two doubles batted 1.000 for the tournament.
The Royals softball team played very well on Sunday defeating the Burnaby Oakeys Sr. Women’s team by a score of 6-1. The Oakeys are the defending Sr. B Women’s Provincial Champions and so the win provided some positive results for the fledgling program. Fifteen players turned out for the game which saw all four pitchers get some innings in. The team has worked very hard both on and off the field which was evident in the successful weekend.