Pagens named WCSA Coach of the Year, Derdall Rookie of the Year, and Ferguson and Derdall 2nd Team A

Posted: October 4, 2014

Though the Briercrest women's softball team won't be playing for a WCSA championship this year they did have an exciting second day at their inaugural 2014 championship tournament as two members of the team were selected for major awards at the Year-end award ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Head Coach Carlie Pagens was selected by her fellow coaches as the 2014 WCSA Coach of the Year. The growth and development of the team this season under Pagens' tutelage was obvious as athletes who had never played softball progressed and developed into solid players by season's end. There were obvious growing pains early on as the team faced veteran teams who had been in the WCSA for years. The last two weekends of the regular season Pagens and her team has a breakthrough as they won 3 of their last 7 games, their first win coming against WCSA second ranked University of Calgary before splitting four games with the University of Saskatchewan.

Rookie pitcher and second baseman Kenzie Derdall (Outlook, SK), was selected as a Second Team All-Star (2nd base) as well as WCSA rookie of the year. Derdall brought stability to the team this year as she was instrumental in all three Briercrest wins as a pitcher, ranking third in the WCSA in strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched, and fifth in complete games. She also ranked 10 in the league in runs with 15 and third in the league with nine walks.

Rookie outfielder and pitcher Alexis Ferguson (Surrey, BC) was also a Second Team All-Star (centre field). She led the team with 15 runs, 21 hits, two stolen bases and four doubles, and ranked second on the team with a .356 batting average and 14 RBIs. She also added depth at pitching and experience in an inexperienced outfield.

Congratulations to Pagens, Derdall, Ferguson and the rest of the Briercrest women's softball team on a successful inaugural season in the WCSA.