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Aguilar, Wickerman add names to PC Softball four-year signees list

August 01, 2014

Bears’ pitcher stays home to play at Arizona Christian; 1st baseman joins teammates at NE-Kearney

 

Phoenix, Arizona – August 1, 2014 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that two more members of the PC Softball team have signed their official letters of intent to attend four-year universities this fall and play softball next spring.  Bears’ pitcher Jackie Aguilar (AH-ghee-LAHR) has signed with Arizona Christian University in northeast Phoenix; while first baseman Kelli Wickerman becomes the fifth Bears’ Softball player in the Class of 2014 to attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  The latest announcements bring the total of Bears’ outgoing signees in 2014 alone to nine:

NAME

POS

SIGNED WITH

Jackie Aguilar

P

Arizona Christian University

Makenzi Dallas

C/INF

University of Nebraska-Kearney

Paige Hamelin

OF

University of Nebraska-Kearney

Kaitlyn Koponen

P

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Nicole Larsen

P

Metro State University (CO)

Lani Redmond

INF

Metro State University (CO)

Cassie Roessing

P

University of Nebraska-Kearney

Kelli Wickerman

1B

University of Nebraska-Kearney

Rebecca Wyatt

OF

University of Nebraska-Kearney

-Three college institutions in three years.  For Jackie Aguilar, that’s been a winning antidote all the way around.  A 2012 graduate of Bourgade Catholic High School in the Phoenix area, Aguilar showed no fear in jumping from the Class 2A level of high school softball to arguably the most competitive softball conference in the NJCAA as she spent her freshman year at Mesa Community College, earning NJCAA All-American honors while winning 13 games for the Thunderbirds.  Knowing that it would be a crowded pitching rotation for the Bears, Aguilar nevertheless made the jump across town to play for Bears’ Head Softball Coach Jackie Aguilar for her sophomore campaign.  Aguilar made the most of nearly every one of her 17 starts as a Bears, logging 67 1/3 innings in 2014.  She won nearly half of her appearances, going 8-5 this past season with a 2.81 earned run average.  She was 3rd on the team in strikeouts with 55, and had 6 complete games for PC.  More importantly, Aguilar was at the top of the Bears’ impressive list of student-athletes who represented the school on the NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement Awards list with a stunning 3.903 cumulative grade point average.

 

-Meanwhile, just like in the pitching circle, Mueller wasn’t going to hand the starting first baseman job to anyone.  Even with a year under her belt at the four-year level, Kelli Wickerman had to earn that starting job at the right corner over three other candidates, but within a couple of weeks after the regular season started, the race was over.  Wickerman graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa, but then migrated across the map to Florida International University for her freshman year of college.  After discovering that the opportunities at FIU weren’t as plentiful as she would’ve liked, Wickerman returned home in 2014 and promptly tore up opposing ACCAC pitching.  Wickerman had a torrid bat over the season’s last six weeks, winding up with a .416 batting average.  She was 2nd on the team in homers with 10, and 3rd-best on the squad with 43 runs batted in.