Strong Senior Class Brings Cienega A State Title

The 2015 Cienega softball class achieved a lot. Plenty of them were going to be playing at the next level, and they won 94 games as group. Win #95 would mean an elusive state title that was still on the Bobcats’ to-do list.

They can now check that one off now.

Cienega was dominant in the Division II state title game, beating Salpointe Catholic 9-2.

“We’ve fallen short the last couple years,” Cienega head softball coach Eric Tatham said. “We knew when they came in as freshman, they knew we had an opportunity to be where we are today.”

Where they are today is atop Division II thanks to a strong and experienced senior class.

“I wouldn’t want to dress out in this jersey for the last time. I wouldn’t want to go into my college season, our college seasons, any other way,” Cienega senior Shelby Kennedy said. “I’m so proud of the seniors for finally finding it.”

“Our college seasons” refers to the multiple seniors going on to play at the next level, including Dixie State University for Kennedy, New Mexico State University for pitcher Kayla Green, and the University of Wisconsin for catcher Melanie Cross.

These players hope this is the first of many trophies they will raise in their softball careers.

‘We are going to embrace the win,” Cross said. “I want this feeling again, and I want this in the Women’s College World Series.”