Lady Trojans end season at regionals


Macie Christian

Macie Christian wrapped up her tremendous career at TSJC as the Region IX Offensive Player of the Year and is fourth in the nation with her .509 batting average.

The 2014-2015 softball season did not end as coach Steve Swazo had hoped for, however, the team still had a very successful year. The Lady Trojans closed the season with a 31-20 record, finished second in the regular season standings, and were third at the regional tournament. Macie Christian, a sophomore from Hesperia, California was voted first-team All-Region and was named Offensive Player of the Year in Region IX. The two-time All-Region standout set a school record for hits in a season with 87 and her .509 batting average jumped her ahead of former standout Julia Diehl for the best season batting average in the twelve-year history of the softball program at Trinidad State.

“This team gave me everything they had each game when they got on the field, and from a coaching standpoint that’s all you can ask from your team,” Swazo said. “At the regionals we didn’t get the big hits that we were getting earlier in the year and when that happens the other team is usually going to win. Overall, I am very proud of my team this year. They competed hard and played the game.”

Christian finishes her career with 128 hits, third best in school history, and a .457 career batting average, which is now second best on the all-time hitting charts at TSJC.

Macie Christian, Jessica Salbato and Morgan Ginger

Macie Christian, Jessica Salbato and Morgan Ginger received All Region honors this past week at the Region IX tournament in Sterling, Colorado. (photo by Corey Aragon).

“Macie was fun to watch,” the TSJC coach said. “When she came here as a freshman, we had her in centerfield, (where she was a first-team all-region selection last year) and after that season she said she wanted to play short, and man did she play that position well. Any accolades and awards that she got this year from the regional coaches were well deserved. She is hoping to transfer to the University of Arizona or University of Texas to complete her degree.”

Other sophomores moving on to the next level to further their softball careers are Sami Miele and Morgan Ginger (who was a second team all- region selection) to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri; Teaja Rivera who is heading to Adams State University and Victoria Gonzales will be attending New Mexico Highlands University.

Freshmen Jessica Salbato also received honors as the Region IX coaches selected her first-team all-region as a pitcher. Salbato completed her initial season with a 17-7 record. Her 17 wins in a single season puts her second all-time in wins behind Kaycee Prevedel who just completed her senior season at Adams State University, and her 117 strikeouts places her fourth in the TSJC record books.

For the 2016 season, Coach Swazo will bring in nine freshmen to join the 14 returning sophomores. They will once again compete for the Region IX title.

Lady Trojans move into first with sweep of McCook


Trinidad State Junior College coach Steve Swazo knew his team had their hands full facing Region IX leading McCook Community College this past weekend at Southside Park. The Indians were riding an 18-game win streak, but in the end the Lady Trojans played solid softball for four games and came away with a series sweep. TSJC won by the scores of 5-3, 9-5, 8-7 and a thriller in 8 innings, a 5-3 walk-off win.

Samantha Glover

Samantha Glover, a freshman from Highland, California, is hitting .385 on the season. She leads the Trojans with five home runs and 21 RBIs.

Samantha Glover had the hot bat for the Trojans, going 6-for-15 at the plate in the four games with ten RBIs and two home runs. It was Glover’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that sealed the 5-3 win in the fourth game of the series.

On Saturday in game one, Demi Madalena pitched a complete game for the 5-3 win with ten strikeouts. Glover had a three-run double while Macie Christian and Vicky Gonzales also had RBIs. In game two, Jessica Salbato kept McCook at bay for the 9-5 win. Courtney Vigil and Sami Miele had the hot bats going 3-for-4, each with a home run. Teaja Rivera also had a home run in the game.

Sunday was another battle as Madalena (7-3) picked up the win in the circle with Salbato getting the save in the 8-7 victory. Glover had three RBIs and Allyson Grywusiewicz came up with a clutch, pinch-hit, two-RBI single in the sixth inning to lead the Trojan attack. Game two of the afternoon was a dandy as TSJC had a 2-0 lead until the sixth inning when McCook took a 3-2 lead. Trinidad tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning off a single from Morgan Ginger to force the game into extra innings. Glover then provided the heroics, hitting a two-run home run over the right field fence to win it for the Lady Trojans in the bottom of the eighth. Salbato (7-3) pitched all eight innings for the win.

Trinidad State is now 17-8 overall and 12-2 in Region IX play. They are currently in first place in the Region IX standings one game up on Western Nebraska. The Trojans will host Lamar for a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 25, and then travel to Nebraska this weekend for a six game road swing facing North Platte on Friday, McCook on Saturday and Western Nebraska on Sunday.

Lady Trojans sweep NJC


It was another good weekend for the Trinidad State Junior College softball team as they picked up four wins over Northeastern Junior College in Sterling. The Lady Trojans won by the scores of 5-4, 11-3, 8-1 and 15-7 and are now riding a seven-game win streak.

On Saturday, Jessica Salbato picked up the 5-4 victory in the series opener. Morgan Ginger went 3-for-3 at the plate while Courtney Vigil and Macie Christian had two hits each in the contest. In game two, Demi Madalena threw a four hitter for the 11-3 victory. Again it was Christian, Vigil and Vicky Gonzales having the hot bats, each picking up multiple hits in the game.

Freshmen pitchers Jessica Salbato, Allyson Grywusiewicz, Demi Madalena and Corey Aragon

Freshmen pitchers Jessica Salbato, Allyson Grywusiewicz, Demi Madalena and Corey Aragon held NJC in check this past weekend allowing the Trojans to improve their record to 13-8 heading into this weekend’s series with region leaders McCook.

Corey Aragon pitched a complete game 8-1 victory on Sunday in the first game. The freshman from Pueblo allowed only five hits to go along with four strikeouts. Gonzales, Brooke Stevens and Shelby Cornett each had home runs in the victory. In the final game of the series Allyson Grywusiewicz pitched six strong innings for her first collegiate win. Vigil again led the way with a 3-for-3 performance and five RBI’s. Christian wasn’t far behind going 4-for-4 with three RBI’s and now is sixth in the nation with a .577 batting average.

With the sweep, TSJC improved their season record to 13-8 and 8-2 in Region IX play. This coming weekend, TSJC hosts McCook Community College at Southside Park for a four-game series. McCook has a 12-2 Region IX record and is riding a 20-game win streak. Games on Saturday will be at 2 and 4, on Sunday the doubleheader will begin at 11 a.m.

Trojans start Region IX play


Courtney Vigil and Teaja Rivera

Lady Trojan catchers Courtney Vigil and Teaja Rivera combined for five home runs over the weekend to lead Trinidad.

Bad weather changed a six-game home stand into a long road trip, but the Lady Trojan softball team made the most of it winning four of the six games to start conference play. Trinidad State showed little rust after not playing for more than three weeks due to a long list of game cancellations, splitting with nationally ranked Western Nebraska and sweeping Northeastern Junior College.

Starting the weekend off in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, TSJC faced 15th ranked WNCC. On Friday the Trojans, led by freshman pitcher Demi Madalena, ended a 12-game Western Nebraska winning streak while holding the Cougars to only five hits. A four-run sixth inning elevated the Lady Trojans for the 6-3 victory. In the second contest, Trinidad lost a heartbreaker 8-7 behind a strong pitching performance from freshman Jessica Salbato. Corey Aragon, Brooke Stevens and Vicky Gonzales each had RBI’s in the loss.

Saturday morning saw the Lady Trojans drop the first game 9-1 before bouncing back to salvage a split behind the pitching of Salbato in a 12-7 victory. Despite trailing 5-0 early the Lady Trojans exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second inning to start the comeback. Freshman Courtney Vigil ignited the offense with a two-run home run. Vigil would later connect again for a three-run shot ending the day 3-for-3 with six RBI’s and the two home runs.

On Sunday the Lady Trojans traveled to NJC for a doubleheader and came away with 11-2 and 9-0 victories. In the first game Trinidad collected 14 hits with Salbato picking up the win and Vigil again leading the offense with another home run. Also having multiple hits in the contest were Macie Christian and Shelby Cornett. In the second game Madalena threw a three-hit shutout and sophomore Teaja Rivera hit a pair of home runs for the 9-0 victory. Also collecting doubles in the game were Corey Aragon and Allyson Grywusiewicz.

Trinidad is now 9-8 on the season and 4-2 in Region IX play. This coming weekend, the Trojans will travel back to NJC for a four-game series before taking a few days off for spring break. The next home games for Trinidad will be March 21-22 for a four-game series against McCook Community College. All games will be played at Southside Park.

Trojans have a tough road trip


Brooke Stevens and Macie Christian

Lady Trojan sophomores Brooke Stevens and Macie Christian both had big games this weekend. Stevens had a grand slam against Eastern Oklahoma and Christian hit two deep shots against El Paso.

An early season road trip to Midland, Texas didn’t pan out so well for the Lady Trojans as they came back home with just a pair of wins in seven outings. The trip dropped their season record to 5-6 after two weekends of play.

One bright spot for the Lady Trojans was winning their last two games before returning home. This will be a good confidence builder heading into conference play this coming weekend.

On Thursday, the Lady Trojans faced undefeated Midland College and lost 9-1 and 2-0. Friday was a rough day as the Trojans dropped all three games they played; losing 8-4 to eighth ranked Odessa College, 23-2 to Howard College and 9-8 to El Paso Community College.

Samantha Glover had three home runs and Macie Christian had a pair of bombs in the loss to El Paso. On Saturday, the team bounced back with wins over Coast Bend College 13-1 and Eastern Oklahoma 9-1. Morgan Ginger had a home run against Costal Bend. Brooke Stevens had a bases clearing grand slam home run and Shelby Cornett also had a two-run home run against Eastern.

“This was very good experience for our team,” Coach Steve Swazo said. “We faced some very good teams down there and I wouldn’t be surprised if Midland, Odessa or Howard make it to the national tournament out of Region V. We had a few games where we made some crucial errors and you can’t do that against good teams like the ones we played. Those teams capitalized on it and it hurt us. But I was very proud of how the girls responded the last day coming away with two wins.”

Weather permitting, Trinidad (5-6) is scheduled to play Garden City at home on Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. and then will host a four-game with Region IX foe McCook Community College on Saturday and Sunday at Southside Park.

Lady Trojans go 3-1 to start the season

Swazo picks up 200th win


Macie Christian

Macie Christian slides safely into second. The sophomore went 10 for 16 over the weekend and scored seven runs. (photos by David Barrack)

With the cold and snow finally giving up their hold over Southside Park the Lady Trojans were able to get two solid days of practice in before opening their season last weekend. The two days were apparently enough as the Lady Trojans played well enough to pick up three wins in four outings. The Trojans defeated Frank Phillips College on Saturday 12-4 and 7-5, then split on Sunday, losing to Luna Community College 8-7 and bouncing back to defeat Colby Community College 7-2. The first victory against Frank Phillips on Saturday was Coach Steve Swazo’s 200th career victory while coaching softball at Trinidad State Junior College.

In game one against Frank Phillips, freshman pitcher Demi Madalena went the distance for her first collegiate victory in the 12-4 win. Sophomore Macie Christian had the hot bat going 3-for-4. Freshmen Samantha Glover and Lauren Bending each had doubles in the win. In game two, Trinidad was able to come away with a 7-5 win after trailing 4-1 early in the game. Taylor Casiquito, Liz Aguilar and Vicky Gonzales each had doubles in the contest. Picking up the win in the circle was Corey Aragon with Madalena getting the save.

Katelynn Findley

Katelynn Findley makes a play at second early in the Trojans 7-2 win on Sunday afternoon over Colby. (photos by David Barrack)

On Sunday, Trinidad fell to Luna Community College 8-7 despite having chances to score in the later innings only to leave three base runners stranded. Gonzales was a perfect 4-for-4 with a homerun and 3 RBIs while Christian went 3-for-4 in the contest.

The final game of the weekend saw freshman Jessica Salbato going the distance for her first collegiate victory defeating Colby Community College 7-2. Gonzales and Christian each had two hits in the contest and Adrianna DeVille drove a pair of runs in with a triple.

“For not being able to be outside to practice I thought the team did very well in our first four games of the season,” Swazo said. “The coaching staff saw some things that we need to work on and we hope to work those out as the season progresses, but overall I was pleased with how the team came out and performed this first weekend of the season.”

The Lady Trojans now venture south to Midland, Texas for nine games over the weekend. Their next home stand will be February 21 for a doubleheader against Garden City and then a 4-game series against McCook Community College on February 22 and 23. All Lady Trojan home games are played at Southside Park.

Lady Trojans ready to begin season


2015 Trojan Team

Back row (l-r) - Katelynn Findley, Kiera Jackson, Demi Madalena, Ally Grywusiewicz, Jessica Salbato, Izzy DeLosSantos, Courtney Vigil, Corey Aragon
Middle row (l-r) - Victoria Gonzales, Morgan Ginger, Sami Miele, Shelby Cornett, Brooke Stevens, Macie Christian, Teaja Rivera, and Torri Atencio
Front row (l-r) - Ally McAdoo, Liz Aguilar, Lauren Bending, Taylor Casiquito, Adrianna DeVille, Kelsey Hernandez, Samantha Glover

Following a strong fall season Trinidad State Junior College softball coach Steve Swazo is very optimistic about his 2015 squad.

"I thought the girls had a great fall and competed well with the 4-year schools we played," said Coach Swazo, who is entering his ninth season as head coach of the Trojan Softball program. "Anytime you get the chance to play against a four-year school, and stay with them, it gives you excitement that you will have the makings of a strong team come spring. Now we will actually see if what I saw in the fall will carry over.”

The Lady Trojans will suit up 23 players this year with eight of them being sophomores, including returning Region IX first team all-conference selections Macie Christian and Brook Stevens. Other sophomores that saw plenty of action last year are Teaja Rivera, Vicky Gonzales, Torri Atencio, Morgan Ginger, Shelby Cornett and Sami Miele.

"I'm expecting all of my sophomores to play a key role in our success this year. They've been through the grind of the traveling and school work. They know what it takes to be a college softball player and I’m expecting them to be good leaders for our freshmen."

Fifteen freshmen are on the spring roster and all of them are working hard for playing time.

"Every girl wants to play and that's a plus," Swazo commented. "It's great that we have good numbers where each player will be pushed and challenged all year. They have all worked hard in the weight room and hitting cages during the off-season and are anxious to get on the field to play a real game. Our only downside since we’ve been back from break has been the weather as we have not had a full practice outside.”

One area that will be key for the Trojans will be pitching as they have six girls that will be called to the circle throughout the 60-game schedule.

"It's always nice when you have more than one pitcher, especially at this level," Swazo said. "Having two all-state pitchers in Demi Madalena from Bernalillo High School and Jessica Salbato from Wheatridge High School certainly doesn't hurt. Also being called on to pitch this season will be Allyson Grywusiewicz, Corey Aragon, Isabella DeLosSantos and Torri Atencio."

The Lady Trojans open the 2015 campaign Saturday, February 7 with a doubleheader against Frank Phillips College beginning at 1 p.m. at Southside Park. On Sunday, February 8, they will host Luna College at 11 a.m. and Colby Community College at 3 p.m.

Something new this year for the Lady Trojans is their conference schedule has been expanded to 30 games, meaning they will play each team in the conference a total of six times. The region tournament will be held at Northeastern Junior College in early May and whoever wins the Region IX title will get the opportunity to host the district championships. The winner of the district will move on to the National Tournament in St. George, Utah in the middle of May.

Lady Trojans ready for Fall Season


2014 Fall Team

Glover receives top honor


Samantha Glover

Incoming freshmen Samantha Glover, a 2014-15 signee for the Lady Trojan softball team, was recently honored by the Redlands Unified School Board as “Outstanding Student Athlete” at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, California.

Glover had a stellar senior season for the Blackhawks hitting .535, collecting 38 hits along with 25 RBIs, nine doubles, three triples and three home runs. Perhaps the most impressive statistic was that in four years of varsity softball Glover never committed an error in the outfield.

“I am very proud of Samantha’s recent honor and look forward to having her be a part of the Trinidad State Junior College softball program,” said softball coach Steve Swazo. “This award shows the type of work ethic she has put into her academics along with her athletics. We are excited for her to continue her education and softball career here at Trinidad State.”

Glover will be a part of the 2014-15 recruiting class that will include 13 freshmen and nine returning sophomores. Coach Swazo’s team will start their fall scrimmage season in August with the Navy/Gold scrimmage on the 23rd and the sixth annual alumni game on the 24th.

Lady Trojans fall in Region Tournament


Brooke Stevens and Macie Christian

Trinidad State freshmen Brooke Stevens and Macie Christian were named All-Region IX first team following the 2014 season.

The softball season came to an early end for the Trinidad State Junior College softball team as they fell twice to Lamar Community College by scores of 13-5 and 6-5 at the Region IX Tournament last week in Lamar. The Lady Trojans ended the year with a 15-26 record.

One bright spot for the Lady Trojans was that four student-athletes from TSJC were recognized by the region coaches for their great season and were selected to All-Region team. Making the first team were freshmen Macie Christian and Brooke Stevens. Second team honors went to sophomores Caylie Phelts and Joni Davenport.

Christian, selected as an outfielder, hit .426 in the region and .387 overall. She led the team in hits with 46 and had 21 RBI’s on the season. Stevens hit .514 in the region and .392 overall. She was selected at the Designated Player position. She had 5 homeruns and 19 RBI’s on the season.

Davenport made All-Region for the second straight year this time making Second Team honors as an infielder. Overall she hit .360 with 32 hits, 3 homeruns and 18 RBI’s. Phelts was selected as a catcher on the second team. She hit .339 and led the Trojans in homeruns with 11 and RBI’s with 36.

As a team the Lady Trojans hit .337, and in only 41 games they hit 58 homeruns, which put them fourth on the all-time records list at TSJC for both categories. Now that the season is over, Coach Steve Swazo will concentrate his efforts over the summer months recruiting and getting ready for a talented 2014-15 class, which has 24 players coming to challenge for the Region IX title next season.

Lady Trojans pick up big win against Otero


Torri Atencio

Victoria Gonzales delivers a strike in her win against Otero on Tuesday. (Photo by Matt Young)

Following a difficult trip to Nebraska this past weekend, in which the Trojans dropped two games to Western Nebraska and split with McCook Community College, the Trinidad State Junior College Women’s softball team returned home to host 18th ranked Otero Junior College on Tuesday afternoon. The Trojans came away with a split winning the first game 10-8 and falling in the nightcap 9-4.

In the first game, Trinidad jumped out to a 3-1 lead off RBI’s from Joni Davenport and Brooke Stevens. TSJC extended its lead to 7-2 heading into the fifth inning when Otero mounted a comeback. The Lady Trojans held off the rally and came away with a huge 10-8 win over the Lady Rattlers. Freshmen pitcher Victoria Gonzales went the distance throwing seven innings and allowing nine hits. Davenport and Stevens each had 4 RBI’s in the contest.

The second game was all Otero from the start as they jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. Trinidad got a couple of rallies started but could not get the big hits when they needed them, falling by a score of 9-4. Macie Christian and Deanna Montano each had a homerun to pace the Trojans while Stevens and Tonya Trujillo each doubled in the game.

Trinidad is now 7-11 in Region IX play and 12-16 overall. They will travel to Colby, Kansas this weekend for the Allen Wolfe Tournament. The Lady Trojans will play five games over the weekend, including a game against the 7th ranked team in the nation, Butler Community College. TSJC’s next home stand will be April 23 against Adams State University JV at 3 and 5 p.m. at Southside Park.

Softball back on winning track


Torri Atencio

Freshman pitcher Torri Atencio picked up the 9-8 win over Northeastern on Saturday in Sterling.

The Trinidad State Junior College softball team had a productive weekend taking a pair of games from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. TSJC won by scores of 8-2 and 9-8.

In the first game, freshmen pitcher Teaja Rivera kept NJC in check allowing just two runs over seven innings in the victory. Joni Davenport, Melissa Pigott, Caylie Phelts and Macie Christian each had two hits to pace the Lady Trojans while Shelby Cornett and Deanna Montano each had a homerun in the 8-2 win.

In the second game, the Lady Trojans held off a late comeback from the Plainswomen to sneak out the 9-8 victory. Torri Atencio pitched the final five innings in relief, picking up the victory after starting pitcher Rivera was hit with a line drive in the second inning forcing her to leave the game with an injury. The Trojans racked up 13 hits in the win with Pigott going 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s. Phelts picked up three hits in the contest and Caiden Yocham added two.

Up next for TSJC will be a 6-game road trip to Western Nebraska, North Platte and McCook Community College. Currently the Lady Trojans are 5-7 in conference play, sitting fourth in the standings. They have an overall record of 10-12. Their next home games will be a doubleheader with Otero Junior College on Tuesday, April 8, beginning at 1 p.m. at Southside Park.

Trojans fall twice to Otero


Melissa Pigott

Sophomore Melissa Pigott throws a runner out in the second game against Otero on Friday. The Trojans will host North Platte on Saturday for Booster Club Appreciation Day at Southside Park

The scores were not indicative of how close the games were when the Lady Trojan softball team played Otero in La Junta last week. Despite dropping both games by the scores of 5-0 and 10-4, the Trojans held their own with the Region IX leaders, falling apart in the late innings of each game.

“You just cannot commit seven errors in two games against a team like Otero,” TSJC coach Steve Swazo said. “They took advantage of each error we made and scored runs off those errors. We gave them some runs they didn’t deserve.” In the first game, Trinidad trailed 2-0 heading into the fifth inning but a costly error allowed the Lady Rattlers additional base runners. Otero followed up with a homerun and it was a 5-0 ball game. Trinidad could only muster two hits in the contest from Vicky Gonzales and Macie Christian.

TSJC was right with the Lady Rattlers in the second game trailing 4-1 after five innings. The Trojans tied the game with a 3-run homerun from Caylie Phelts only to see Otero answer back with six runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning for the 10-4 win. In Otero’s big inning an error and some walks hurt the Lady Trojans. Christian had the hot bat going 3-for-4 in that game with a triple. Shelby Cornett was also 2-for-2 in the game.

Trinidad is now 8-12 on the season and has North Platte Community College on Saturday, March 15 with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. at Southside Park. That day is also “Free Hamburger Day” compliments of the TSJC Booster Club and Wendy’s. It will be the last time you can see the Lady Trojans at home until late April 9 when they will face Otero.

Lady Trojans drop three over the weekend


Melissa Pigott

Sophomore Melissa Pigott is hitting .383 with 11 RBI’s so far this season. She hit a pair of homeruns over the weekend at Southside Park.

It wasn’t the best weekend for the Trinidad State Junior College softball team as they lost all three games they played. TSJC dropped a doubleheader to Western Nebraska on Friday by the scores of 16-5 and 9-7. On Saturday the Trojans lost to Luna Community College by the score of 9-4. The second game was postponed because of weather.

Against WNCC, an 8-run second inning by the Lady Cougars put the first game out of reach early. The Lady Trojans could only muster seven hits with four coming in the bottom of the fifth inning. Melissa Pigott and Macie Christian each had a homerun in the contest.

In game two, it was a 2-run, eighth-inning, homerun off the bat of Jessica Ball that put the Cougars up over the Lady Trojans. TSJC had trailed the whole game but tied it up in the sixth inning with homeruns from Brooke Stevens and Pigott. The Trojans could not bring across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning and then lost it in the eighth.

On Saturday the game time starting temperature was 64 degrees, but by the end of the game the temperature had dropped into the low twenties with a wind chill of 12 degrees. The Lady Trojans struggled in the weather falling to Luna Community College by the score of 9-4. With the loss TSJC fell to 8-10 on the season.

“It wasn’t a weekend I expected but then you also can’t make crucial errors in big games and expect to win,” TSJC coach Steve Swazo said. “In our first game against WNCC, we had three errors in that second inning that led to them scoring 8 runs and you just can’t do that against good teams. In the second game, we played much better only to see them hit a homerun in the top half of the eighth inning. We had our chances to win it in our bottom of the seventh but didn’t come through. Though we had a rough weekend, the girls are playing hard and we just need to get some wins under our belt. We will be okay.”

TSJC will travel to La Junta on Friday for a doubleheader beginning at noon. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Trinidad but was moved due to expected weather issues. The Lady Trojans next will travel to Garden City over the weekend for a 4-game series against the Lady Broncos. TSJC will be back in action at home on March 15 against North Platte beginning at 11 a.m.

Lady Trojans 3-3 in conference play


Macie Christian

Macie Christian watches the ball leave the park against Northeastern on Saturday. The homerun was her third of the season; she is batting .439 with 15 RBI’s.

The Trinidad State Junior College softball team came away with a 2-2 record this past weekend, losing a pair to McCook by the scores of 14-7 and 14-5 and then bouncing back to defeat Northeastern Junior College by the scores of 17-5 and 11-1. The weekend split places TSJC in third in the Region IX conference standings with a 3-3 record. The Lady Trojans are 8-7 overall this season.

Under the lights on Friday against McCook the Lady Trojans couldn’t counter the run production of the Indians and were outhit 32 to 27. McCook hit a total of 9 homeruns in the doubleheader sweep. Trinidad countered with three long balls coming off the bats of Macie Christian, Vicky Gonzales and Caylie Phelts.

“This was a game where we just got beat,” TSJC coach Steve Swazo said. “It wasn’t that we played poorly or didn’t hit the ball. We had 27 hits in the two games. We just weren’t able to score as many runs as they did.”

On Saturday afternoon the tone was quite different as the Lady Trojans answered back with two convincing wins over Northeastern Junior College. In those two games the Lady Trojans had four homeruns coming from Christian, Phelts, Gonzales and Teaja Rivera. Rivera and Gonzales each picked up the wins in the circle. Having multiple hit games for TSJC were Caiden Yocham, Christian, Phelts, Shelby Cornett, and Gonzales.

“It was good to see the team bounce back from a tough loss the night before and come out swinging in this game,” the TSJC coach said. “I told them I wanted them to jump out early and not look back. We needed to put the pressure on the other team by scoring some runs early and we did. We hit the ball very well and our pitchers kept their hitters in check.”

Trinidad (8-7) will next host Western Nebraska on Friday afternoon with the doubleheader starting at noon. These games were originally scheduled for Sunday but were moved up to get them in before the expected weekend weather issues. On Saturday the Trojans will face Luna in a non-conference doubleheader starting at noon. All four games will be at Southside Park.

Trojans launch 15 homeruns on Texas Trip


Deanna Montano

Trojan Deanna Montano hit three homeruns and had 7 RBIs against Luna. On the season she has 6 long balls, which currently ranks her second in the nation.

It was a good road trip for the Trinidad State Lady Trojan softball team as they played nine games in Texas and came home with a 5-4 record. The team played some very good competition, which should only help them, as they get ready for their conference games this weekend against McCook and Northeastern Junior College.

The Lady Trojans opened the road trip with a doubleheader against Midland College and came away with a split, losing the first game 14-4 and coming back to win the nightcap in eight innings 9-6. In this series Victoria Gonzales and Deanna Montano each hit homeruns while Maddie Armstrong and Melissa Pigott each had three hits and Tonya Trujillo and Shelby Cornett each had two hits.

On Valentine’s Day, it was bombs away as the Lady Trojans connected for eight homeruns on the day. Montano left the park three times while collecting 7 RBIs in the 10-1 victory over Luna College. Pitcher Teaja Rivera kept Luna in check for her first collegiate victory. TSJC had four deep balls against El Paso. Hitting homeruns were Caylie Phelts, Morgan Ginger, Montano and Vicky Gonzales as the Trojans picked up the 9-6 win. Against 11th ranked Odessa, the Trojans kept it close up until the fifth inning before Odessa pulled away for the 7-2 victory. Gonzales had a leadoff homerun to start that game.

On Saturday, February 15, TSJC pushed across seven runs in the last two innings of play against Clarendon to claim the 15-11 win. Homeruns from Pigott, Joni Davenport and Brook Stevens provided the fireworks. In the 9-7 loss to West Texas College, Stevens again connected for a three-run shot and collected three RBIs in the contest.

The final leg of the road trip was in Borger, Texas where the Lady Trojans played Frank Phillips for a doubleheader, winning the first game 7-6 and losing the second game 6-2. Pigott connected for a homerun in the first game.

“Anytime you can play nine games on the road and come home with a winning record, you have to be pleased,” said Head Coach Steve Swazo. “I thought the girls hit the ball very well in Texas, but we have to clean up our defense as there were some games we let get away with some miscues. We can’t allow that if we are going to compete in our conference with teams like Western Nebraska, Lamar and Otero. We will work on that this week and again just try and get better each game we play. I thought our pitchers threw very well down in Texas and kept us in every game.”

TSJC (6-5) now has 20 homeruns on the young season and will try and get more this weekend with conference games against McCook on Friday at 3 and 5 p.m. and Northeastern Junior College on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. On Sunday TSJC will have a scrimmage against the Next Level of Denver beginning at noon. All games are played at Southside Park.

Lady Trojans open season with split


Softball Team 2014

Morgan Ginger settles under a fly ball in the final inning of the Trojans 13-1 win over Lamar on Sunday at Southside Park

Mother nature forced the start of the softball season back a couple of days as TSJC had to postpone their first four games because of the snow late last week. Thanks to hard work by the coaching staff and players the fields were cleared at Southside allowing TSJC to get in their doubleheader on Sunday against Lamar Community College despite from cold temperatures. In the first game Lamar picked up a 20-11 victory but in the second game the Trojans answered back with a convincing 13-1 win.

“I knew this team was capable of scoring runs and it showed in our first two games of the season,” said Head Coach Steve Swazo. “It is hard to believe though that you can put up 24 runs in two games and only come away with one victory. Not being able to practice outside because of the weather definitely showed in the first game with some errors that should not have happened, but they bounced back and played a better game in game two.”

In game one TSJC was leading 7-5 after three innings, compliments of a 2-run homerun from freshmen Macie Christian, but Lamar answered with 11 runs of their own over the next two innings to take a commanding lead. The Trojans were unable to close the gap as the Lopes held on for the 20-11 victory.

TSJC had 12 hits in the contest with freshmen Kolbi Ruppert and Victoria Gonzales getting three hits apiece. Caylie Phelts, Deanna Montano and Christian had two hits apiece with Montano and Christian each hitting a homerun in the loss.

It was all Trinidad in the second game of the doubleheader as the Trojans jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two innings and then cruised to a 13-1 victory. Gonzales handled the pitching chores, allowing just five hits and one run for her first collegiate victory.

TSJC again pounded out 12 hits with freshman Teaja Rivera, Shelby Cornett and Joni Davenport all hitting homeruns in the second inning. Christian again had a good game at the plate going 2-for 4 with 3 RBIs to help pace the Lady Trojans.

“It was good to score early in this game and put pressure on Lamar,” the TSJC coach said. “We came out hitting the ball and this game we had some balls go out of the yard which is always fun for the fans to see. We still have plenty of work to do and the team knows that. We just want to concentrate on playing one game at a time and getting better with each game we play.”

The Lady Trojans (1-1) will next travel to Texas for a nine-game road swing. Their next home series will be February 22 against McCook Community College and February 23 against Northeastern Junior College.

Softball Team set to take the field


Softball Team 2014

Back Row – Caylie Phelts, Caiden Yocham, Joni Davenport, Melissa Pigott, Tonya Trujillo, Cedar Rain Yellowmule, Deanna Montano, Maddie Armstrong
Front Row - Brooke Stevens, Teaja Rivera, Tori Attencio, Victoria Gonzales, Kolbi Ruppert, Morgan Ginger, Sammi Miele, Macie Christian, Shelby Cornett

The seventeen players that make up the 2014 roster for the Trinidad State Lady Trojan softball team are ready to take the field under the direction of head coach Steve Swazo. Swazo, entering his eighth season, finds himself just 16 wins shy of 200 career victories. Last year, the Lady Trojans compiled a 27-24 record, finishing third in the Region IX standings. It was the team’s sixth straight winning season.

“This is a different team from a year ago,” Swazo said. “We are definitely a stronger hitting team with more speed, but the question mark will be our young, untested freshmen pitching staff. Our pitchers (Teaja Rivera, Victoria Gonzales and Torri Atencio) threw well in the fall and I’m expecting them to be very competitive this spring. I’m very confident that they will give this team everything they’ve got when they get on the mound.”

The Trojans will be without Kaycee Prevedel, who broke every pitching record in her two years at TSJC, and is currently a member of the Adams State University pitching staff.

A total of seven sophomores are returning, including First-Team All-Region selection Joni Davenport who led the Trojans in homeruns last year with 13. Right behind Davenport, with 12 homeruns last season, was shortstop Melissa Piggot. Second-team All-Region second baseman Caiden Yocham also returns, she hit over .500 this past fall season. Rounding out the returning players are outfielders Deanna Montano, Maddie Armstrong, Tonya Trujillo and catcher Caylie Phelts.

“My sophomores will definitely give us the needed experience to compete in our conference,” the TSJC coach said. “They all have playing experience at this level and each has improved from a year ago. We just need to stay healthy and not let outside activities be a distraction.”

In addition to the all-freshmen pitching staff of Rivera, Gonzales and Atencio, seven other players have joined the Trojans this year. There are four true freshmen on this year’s squad including infielder Brooke Stevens and outfielders Macie Christian, Sammi Miele, and Morgan Ginger. Also new to the team are transfers Kolbi Ruppert, a utility player, and Shelby Cornett, a catcher, as well Cedar Rain Yellowmule who is joining the softball program after playing two seasons of volleyball for the Lady Trojans.

“We have some very talented freshmen and they all will see some action this spring,” Swazo said. “The nice thing is we have some freshmen that can play multiple positions and that will come in handy throughout our long spring. Our main goal throughout the season will be to improve each week by playing one game at a time and then be playing our best softball that first week in May.”

Snow has already impacted the start of the season as the home opener against Garden City had to be postponed. Once they get going, the Lady Trojans have 54 games on the schedule culminating at the Region IX tournament that will be held in Lamar, Colorado the first week of May.

Softball lines up 12 new recruits


Softball Recruits

The opening pitch of the 2014 season is just days away so Coach Steve Swazo and the TSJC Trojans have been practicing hard to get ready. Despite all of the work that goes into a new season Coach Swazo has also been focusing on next year as well. The 2014-15 recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the best groups ever as Swazo has already signed twelve girls from Colorado, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

Player photos and bios

Joining the Trojans this fall from Colorado

  • Lauren Bending - an All-State outfielder from Berthoud High School who hit .491 with 13 RBI’s last season.
  • Jessica Salbato - a state champion pitcher from Wheat Ridge who had 21 wins this season and was named 4A Player of the Year.
  • Aly McAdoo - a versatile catcher from Widefield who hit .456 last year with 26 RBI’s.
  • Corey Aragon – a pitcher/outfielder from Pueblo Central who hit .467 and recorded 9 wins this past year.
  • Allyson Grywusiewicz – All-State Pitcher/3B from Thomas Jefferson, she hit .551 and finished this year with a 17-3 record.
  • Courtney Vigil – Catcher from Bear Creek High School. She hit .357 during her senior campaign.
  • Kelsey Hernandez – A hard working outfielder from Northglenn High School who hit .295 for the Norsemen.
  • Kiera Jackson - Hit .355 last year while roaming the outfield for the Lady Warriors of Frederick High School

From out-of-state.

  • Samantha Glover – Hit .394 in her junior year as an outfielder for Citrus Valley High School in Highland, California.
  • Demetria Madelena – Been clocked in the mid 60’s as she led New Mexico in strikeouts as a junior while maintaining a .053 ERA for Bernalillo High School.
  • Isabella De Los Santos – The pitcher/corner infielder from Covina High School in West Covina, California was clocked over 60 mph during her junior season.
  • Elizabeth Aguilar – good defensive middle infielder from O’Conner High School in Phoenix, Arizona, she hit .318 during her junior year.


Lady Trojan Softball

2013 team in pink

Trojans go pink against UNC


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Watch the Trojans play at UCCS Fall Tournament


Softball 2013

2013 TSJC Lady Trojans are getting ready for the fall scrimmage season

Lady Trojan softball team to showcase new talent in annual alumni game

Updated - 8/13/13

The 2013-14 TSJC softball team, coming off a 27-24 record a year ago, will let softball fans get a first look at this year’s team on August 24, 2013 with their annual alumni game.

Coach Steve Swazo, who is entering his eighth season with the Lady Trojans, brings in a total of 19 players, with (8) returning sophomore including 1st team All-Region 9 selection Joni Davenport. Davenport from Louisville, Colorado, hit .423 and had 13 homeruns a year ago. Also returning for their second year will be Caiden Yocham (New Mexico), who was a 2nd team All-Region 9 selection, Maddie Armstrong (Colorado Springs), Caylie Phelts (Utah), Saybra Hahmann (Texas), Tonya Trujillo (Pueblo), Melissa Pigott (Castle Rock), and Deanna Montano (New Mexico).

“I am pleased with the class we have returning for their sophomore year,” Swazo said. “They know what it takes to win and believe they will work harder this year than the year before.”

New to the Lady Trojan roster are 11 talented student-athletes that had great high school careers and are looking to leave their mark at Trinidad State. A total of (9) new student athletes hail from Colorado: Teaja Rivera and Torri Attencio from Colorado Springs, Morgan Ginger and Sammi Miele from Castle Rock, Jenna Cordova from Pueblo, Katie Stead from Littleton and Brooke Stevens from Arvada. The out-of-state athletes embarking on Trinidad for the first time will include: Macie Christian and Victoria Gonzales from California. Also new to the squad will be two late signees including D1 transfer Kolbi Ruppert (Highlands Ranch) and Shelby Cornett (Pueblo).

“This freshmen class is very talented and come from some very successful high school and travel ball programs,” the TSJC coach said. “They have played some great competition this past summer and will come in very hungry to compete for a starting position in the fall and to keep that spot come next spring.”

The fall season opens up with the annual alumni game on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at Southside Park at 12 noon. On Sunday, August 25, also at 12 noon, will be a Navy/Gold intra-squad scrimmage. The rest of the fall season will include tournaments at UCCS on Sept 6-7; Adams State University on Sept 14-15; Triple Crown Fall College tournament Sept 22-23, and Lamar College tournament Sept 28-29.

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