Garding, Zimmel named NJCAA All-Americans
Cyclones Sophomore Megan Garding and First-Year Sabrina Zimmel have been named to the NJCAA Softball All American 2nd Team. Garding led the Cyclones in batting average (.505), on base percentage (.586), home runs (6), and hits (49), Zimmel led the team in Runs batted in (37) and Doubles (18).
Cyclones Region Awards
Four Cyclones named to the NJCAA Region XIII South Team. Megan Garding, Sabrina Zimmel, Sam Steffes, and Stephanie Skwira have been named to the All- Region team. Megan Garding (Kimball, MN) did a majority of her work at the plate where she hit .505 for the season and had slugging percentage of .955. She hit 6 home runs and drove in 32 runs for the Cyclones. In the field, Megan played a reliable second and first base.
Sabrina Zimmel (Osakis, MN) was a force for the Cyclones in the circle and at the plate. Zimmel threw a team high 106 innings this spring. She amassed 68 strikeouts for the Cyclones. Zimmel led the team in Runs Batted in (37) and doubles (18). She also hit 5 home runs for the Cyclones.
Samantha Steffes (St. Louis Park, MN) also split time between playing shortstop and pitching for the Cyclones. Sam led the Cyclones in triples (7) and tied for the team lead in stolen bases (24). In the circle, Sam had a 2.57 earned run average in 81.2 innings.
Stephanie Skwira (Holdingford, MN) served as the primary first baseman for the Cyclones. Steph hit. 412 for the Cyclones while also hitting 6 homeruns, driving in 26 runs, and scoring 37 times. Her 13 doubles were only behind Zimmel's 18 for the Cyclones.
In addition, Head Coach Greg Thorstad was named Region Coach of the year. The Cyclones have steadily improved in all three of Thorstad's season in St. Cloud.
Cyclones named to MCAC All- Division and All-State Teams
4 Cyclones were named MCAC All Southern Division. Megan Garding, Sabrina Zimmel, and Sam Steffes were named to the First Team while Stephanie Skwira was named to the Second Team. Garding and Zimmel were named to the All-MCAC First Team . Sam Steffes was named to the All-MCAC Second Team.
Steffes named Tournament MVP, 3 others make All-Tournament Team
Sam Steffes, Jessica Heinen, Donielle Kurvers, and Steph Skwira were named to the NJCAA Region XIIIA All- Tournament Team. Steffes was named the tournament MVP helping the Cyclones win their first ever Region Tournament Title.
Cyclones Advance to the NJCAA National Tournament, Take 7th
In what is easily the most successful season in Cyclone Softball history, the Cyclones advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament and took 7th in the tournament. Along the way, the Cyclones captured their first Conference title and first Region title (in their 2nd appearance). the Cyclones lost Monroe CC (NY) in the first round and then lost to Brookdale (NJ) in a second round game. Brookdale came back to take 2nd place while Monroe finished fourth in the tournament. The Cyclones ended their season on a winning note by defeating Anne Arundel CC (MD) 13-12. The Cyclones scored 7 runs in the 7th to force extra innings. The Cyclones plated one in the 8th to win 13-12. The Cyclones finish their season 27-11.
Cyclones sweep the MCAC Southern Division Awards
The SCTCC Softball team won their first conference title in school history. Along with the championship trophy, individual Cyclones were awarded MCAC pitchers and player of the week.
Pitchers Sabrina Zimmel and Sam Steffes shared the MCAC Southern Division Pitchers of the week honors. The two combined to go 4-0 in the Division tournament and made it a 5-1 week for the Cyclones.
Sabrina had a 3-0 week including a win in the Region 13 qualifying game. She allowed only 8 hits while striking out 11 for the week. She is a freshman from Osakis, MN.
Sam won two games in the Division Tournament including a 3-hit shutout. Steffes allowed only 4 earned runs. She is a sophomore from St. Louis Park, MN.
Donielle Kurvers was named MCAC Southern Division player of the week. Kurvers batted .750 (9-12) in the Division Tournament with a Grand Slam, 2 doubles and 9 RBI. Kurvers also scored 10 runs for the Champion Cyclones. She is a freshman from Monticello, MN.
Zimmel named Pitcher of the Week
Cyclones First year pitcher Sabrina Zimmel was named MCAC pitcher of the week for April 17-23. Zimmel scattered 3 runs in 11 innings of work for the Cyclones. She also struck out 10 batters while surrendering 12 hits in two outings helping the Cyclones to a 6-0 week leading into a big matchup with Ridgewater on Tuesday.
Cyclones Ranked Nationally
Cyclones ranked #6 in the NJCAA Division III Poll
The 9-4 Cyclones are ranked #6 in the current nation Division III poll. The Cyclones went 5-0 last week and currently are undefeated against NJCAA Division III teams.Current NJCAA Poll
Garding named NJCAA Division III Player of the Week
Cyclones Sophomore, Megan Garding (Kimball, MN) was named the NJCAA Division III Player of the Week (March 17-24) for her efforts in leading the Cyclones to a 5-0 week. Garding compiled a .625 batting average (10-for-16), hitting two doubles, a triple and two homeruns for a 1.250 slugging percentage. The sophomore accumulated 15 RBIs on the week and nine runs scored. Garding’s .474 batting average and 18 RBIs lead the No. 6 Cyclones this season. NJCAA Press Release
Steffes and Garding earn MCAC players of the week
Sam Steffes (St. Louis Park, MN) and Megan Garding (Kimball, MN) were named MCAC Southern division pitcher of the week and player of the week respectively. MCAC Press Release
Steffes won a pair of games for the Cyclones. She threw 10 innings while only allowing 7 hits. She struck out 10 batters while not issuing any walks.
Garding went (10-16) at the plate with 8 extra base hits (5 doubles, 1 triple and 2 Home Runs). She drove in 15 runs helping the Cyclones to a 5-0 week.
The St. Cloud Technical and Community College softball team competes in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.