(TRINIDAD, Colo.) – A season of dreams came to an end last weekend at Southside Park when the Trojans fell to the defending national champion, top ranked Butler Grizzlies in the NJCAA District finals. Despite falling short of the national tournament, the 2017 Softball season can only be considered a huge success and a season of program firsts.
2017 saw the Lady Trojans win the Region IX Conference Title and the Region IX Tournament Championship for the first time in program history. It also saw Coach Steve Swazo attain his 300th collegiate victory when the Trojans topped Otero on April 23. Swazo now has 307 wins in his eleven years coaching at Trinidad State Junior College.
Other firsts this year were setting a new school record for home runs as the Lady Trojans smacked 118 out of the park, top in the nation, breaking the previous school record of 79 set last season. The team ended the season with an all time best batting average of .396, most hits (690), most doubles (120), most runs scored (505), and most runs batted in (460). The team also had a best slugging % of .687.
Sophomore Isabella Navarro put herself in the school's record book as the all-time leader in runs scored (146), hits (177), doubles (36), HR (47) and batting average at .511 in her two years at Trinidad State. In 2016, she was named Region IX Freshmen-of-the-Year and in 2017 was selected as Region IX Player-of-the-Year. She also was selected All-Region two straight years and will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins next year on a softball scholarship making her the first Trinidad State softball athlete to be awarded a Division I scholarship.
Other sophomores that had great seasons who will be attending Ottawa University of Arizona next year: Chelsey Runyon (All-Region selection) who hit .409 with 21 HR, Vanessa Rodarte hitting .416 with 14 HR, and Tori Martinez who finished with a .359 batting average. Shayla Felix, who will attend Montana State Billings University, hit .390 for the Lady Trojans while Olivia Muniz, who will attend Metro State University in Denver, finished the season with a batting average of .366 and 11 HR.
Along with eleven returners for next year, Coach Swazo will bring in 13 new recruits in August for the 2018 season. They will come from California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado.
The Lady Trojans finished the 2017 season with 38 wins and 24 losses, and most importantly, the Region IX Title held high in the air.