2023-24 SMCC Softball News

SMCC Softball Sweeps Gateway CC to Extend Winning Streak
SMCC Softball Sweeps Gateway CC to Extend Winning Streak

April 10, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (18-12, 13-11 ACCAC) defeated Gateway CC 7-2 and 18-7 (5 innings) in an ACCAC doubleheader at the SMCC Softball Field on April 9. Freshman Taylor Christensen fanned a career-high 16 batters to lead the Cougars to a victory in the opener. In the second game, freshman Nadia Rascon went 4 for 4 with four runs, five RBIs, two home runs, and a double. 

Cougar Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at Chandler-Gilbert CC
Cougar Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at Chandler-Gilbert CC

April 08, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (16-12, 11-11 ACCAC) swept a road ACCAC doubleheader at Chandler-Gilbert CC on Saturday, April 6, posting 10-4 and 12-8 victories over the Coyotes. Sophomore Vanessa Philpot went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs in the game-one victory. In game two, the Cougars overcame a 7-3 deficit with nine runs over the final three innings to sweep the twinbill.  

SMCC Softball Rallies to Sweep PVCC
SMCC Softball Rallies to Sweep PVCC

April 05, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (14-12, 9-11 ACCAC) swept an ACCAC doubleheader against Paradise Valley Community College on April 4 at the SMCC Softball Field. The Cougars posted a 9-1, five-inning victory in game one as freshman Nadia Rascon finished 3 for 3 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs. In the second game, SMCC overcame a 6-1 deficit to post a 7-6 victory as freshman Sabrina Erran hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. 

SMCC Softball Falls Twice at Central Arizona
SMCC Softball Falls Twice at Central Arizona

April 01, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (12-12, 7-11) lost 12-6 and 6-5 to Central Arizona in an ACCAC doubleheader in Coolidge, Ariz., on Mar. 30. Freshman Taylor Christensen blasted a home run, and freshman Dionna Leanio added three hits in game one, while sophomore Iliana Munoz smacked her team-leading 12th home run of the year in game two. 

Cougar Softball Falls in Slugfest with Eastern Arizona
Cougar Softball Falls in Slugfest with Eastern Arizona

March 27, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (12-10, 7-9 ACCAC) lost 21-10 and 15-13 to Eastern Arizona in an ACCAC doubleheader on Tuesday, Mar. 26, at the SMCC Softball Field. Sophomore Mia Franco finished 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs in game one, and freshman Nadia Rascon went 3 for 4 with three home runs and six RBIs in game two. 

Cougar Softball Sweeps Doubleheader from Glendale CC
Cougar Softball Sweeps Doubleheader from Glendale CC

March 25, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (12-8, 7-7 ACCAC) defeated Glendale CC 11-1 (6 innings) and 11-3 (5 innings) in an ACCAC doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 23. Freshman Taylor Christensen homered in both games and sophomore Angelica Tello earned a win and a save in the circle for the Cougars. 

SMCC Softball Defeats Arizona Christian in Non-Conference Action
SMCC Softball Defeats Arizona Christian in Non-Conference Action

March 19, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (10-8) defeated Arizona Christian University 20-8 in a non-conference road contest on Monday, Mar. 18. The Cougars totaled 19 hits and 15 stolen bases over the seven innings, with sophomore Iliana Munoz hitting a home run and sophomore Vanessa Philpot and freshman Azlynn Madrid leading SMCC with three hits. 

SMCC Softball Finishes 3-3 During Spring Break
SMCC Softball Finishes 3-3 During Spring Break

March 18, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (9-8, 5-7 ACCAC) went 3-3 over its slate of six games during spring break. The Cougars swept an ACCAC doubleheader at Scottsdale CC on Mar. 9 before falling in both ends of a twinbill at Phoenix College on Mar. 12. Finally, SMCC wrapped up its spring break by splitting an ACCAC home doubleheader against Yavapai College.  

SMCC Softball Falls to Pima CC, Sweeps Lake Region State
SMCC Softball Falls to Pima CC, Sweeps Lake Region State

March 07, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (6-5, 2-4 ACCAC) lost an ACCAC doubleheader against Pima CC on Mar. 5 but rebounded to sweep Lake Region State in a non-conference doubleheader on Mar. 6. Sophomore Iliana Munoz hit three home runs and finished 4 for 4 with five RBIs in game one against Pima CC, but the Aztecs used timely hitting to sweep the league twinbill. The following day, freshmen Taylor Christensen and Brianna Risley hit the first home runs of their SMCC careers, and Munoz blasted another deep fly as the Cougars swept the Royals. 

SMCC Softball Falls Twice at Arizona Western
SMCC Softball Falls Twice at Arizona Western

March 04, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (4-3. 2-2 ACCAC) lost both ends of an ACCAC doubleheader at Arizona Western on Saturday, Mar. 2, in Yuma. The Cougars fell 5-1 in game one and 8-3 in game two to the Matadors in their only conference meeting. 

SMCC Softball Rolls to Doubleheader Sweep over PVCC
SMCC Softball Rolls to Doubleheader Sweep over PVCC

February 29, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (4-1, 2-0 ACCAC) swept a road doubleheader at Paradise Valley Community College on Tuesday, Feb. 27, winning 15-1 (5 innings) and 10-0 in the Cougars' ACCAC opener. In game one, sophomore Iliana Munoz homered and doubled to finish with six RBIs as sophomore Mykenzie Flores fanned six to record her first win. Fellow sophomore Adenira Marquez tossed a two-hit shutout with five K's, and freshman Dionna Leanio had three hits and a stolen base in the win.  

SMCC Softball Splits Doubleheader with Arizona Western
SMCC Softball Splits Doubleheader with Arizona Western

February 26, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Arizona Western on Saturday, Feb. 24, falling 7-6 in game one before rallying for an 8-0, five-inning victory in game two. The Matadors scored five unearned runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 6-2 deficit and spoil the Cougars' home opener. However, SMCC responded with a run-rule victory in game two, fueled by a three-hit shutout performance from freshman Taylor Christensen. 

SMCC Softball, Montalvo Collect First Victory of 2024
SMCC Softball, Montalvo Collect First Victory of 2024

February 13, 2024

The South Mountain Community College softball team (1-0) defeated Arizona Christian University 10-3 on Monday, Feb. 12, in its first game of the 2024 season. Sophomore Mia Franco went 3 for 3 with two runs, three RBIs, and a double and freshman Nadia Rascon also doubled as SMCC first-year head coach Kelley Montalvo recorded her first win as the Cougars' skipper.

Photo by Bruce Battle
Kelley Montalvo Named SMCC Softball Head Coach

November 06, 2023

Kelley Montalvo has been named South Mountain Community College softball head coach, SMCC Athletic Director Todd Eastin announced. A former All-American at Alabama, Montalvo inherits a talented SMCC squad that won the ACCAC and participated in the NJCAA Division II World Series in 2023.