Chris Simpson, first-year head coach of the Truckee softball team, has reason to be excited about the future of his Wolverines.
The team celebrated its season with a banquet and barbecue on Saturday in Truckee, where the coaching staff awarded players on the heels of a rebuilding year highlighted by the club’s marked improvement from start to finish.
Freshman Cheyenne Brown was named Most Valuable Player, while Offensive Player of the Year honors went to junior Taylor Stevens and Defensive Player of the Year honors to junior captain Tori Simpson.
Coaches’ awards were given to senior captain Diana Rosas, seniors Lauren Peak and Claire Roberts, junior captain Sylvia Soto, and sophomore Katie Fisher.
Brown led the team with a .413 batting average and .500 on-base percentage. Stevens hit .353, and Fisher and Simpson both posted final batting averages of .301.
“The determination to learn the great game of fast-pitch softball and the never-give-up attitude contributed to our positive season,” coach Simpson said. “All the young ladies supported each other and showed the will to finish strong.”
Jon Traeger, Katy Stevens and Mitch Brown joined Simpson as coaches of the varsity squad, while Dave Jost headed the JV program along with help from Bill Hudson.
The softball program is seeking volunteers and additional sponsors to help with the field on the Truckee campus. Those interested may contact coach Simpson at email@example.com or 530-414-8985.