Imperial Valley Softball program just completed one of the most successful seasons in recent memory. The team finished in second place in the highly competitive Pacfic Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) with a 7-5 conference record while sporting a 15-10 record overall. The season culminated with a playoff berth, earning the number 14 seed in Southern California heading into playoffs. Round one of the playoffs was vs. Cypress College, the 3 seed, in a best three game series. IVC forced a decisive game 3 but would eventually lose 3-1 on the road to conclude the season.
The offense this year was led by first team All-PCAC Melissa Flores. Flores was the lone position player for IVC to earn first team all conference. Flores hit .254 with 4 doubles, drove in 8 RBI's and finished with an on base % of .302. Also contributing to the offense and earning second team All-PAC honors was Shaylinn Mays. Mays hit .269 through 26 conference at bats while only striking out four times in conference, while adding four doubles and a home run on the season. Another second team all conference performer was Elizabeth Salcedo. Salcedo, a freshman, reached base at a .432 clip with a batting average of .333 while providing 4 extra base hits and 13 runs batted in on the year. IVC's shortstop, Alessandra Banuelos also earned a second team all conference nod. Banuelos played a tremendous shortstop all season and was key to run prevention for IVC. At the plate Alessandra provided 6 doubles, only struck out 7 times in 71 at bats, and sported a .282 batting average for the year. Utility player Melanie Navarrete also walked away from the season with second team All-PCAC honors. Navarrete, the freshman Utility player, competed in 23 games, only struck out seven times, walked eight, had four extra base hits and finished with a .246 batting average.
The season got off to a great start for IVC as the team won six of their first eight games. Opening day started off with a 4-0 shutout road win over College of the Desert. Another shut out victory came shortly after opening day as IVC took down Ventura College 2-0. Ventura would go on to earn the 11 seed in Southern California Softball Playoffs. Another highlight win came as the softball team took down eventual conference champions Palomar, on the road on February 11th. Palomar would end the season as the eventual 6 seed in Southern California Softball Playoffs. The Softball team completed double header sweeps of San Bernardino Valley College on April 2nd and a road conference doubleheader sweep of Southwestern on April 6th. Possibly the most memorable game of the season came as the two top PCAC teams, IVC and Palomar met late in the season for a double header that would likely determine first place. The game was intense, making it's way through 12 complete innings without either team scoring a single run. Palomar would eventually break through in the 13th inning in dramatic fashion and ensured a stronghold on first place with only a few games left in the season.
Congratulations on an excellent season for all members of the IVC softball team and Coach Hector Vildosola. The team will now focus on finals for the last few weeks of the school year before starting training for the 2023 season once the fall semester starts. For those interested in joining the softball team e-mail Coach Vildosola at email@example.com or complete the 'Recruit Me' form found here.