31 Iowa Conference titles
PELLA—Central College softball shortstop Annie Sarcone (senior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) was named Iowa Conference female athlete of the week, while Trisha Smith (sophomore, New Hampton) was named softball pitcher of the week and men’s golfer David Watson (junior, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) earned recognition by leading the Dutch on the links.
Watson leads Dutch at shortened invitational—Led by Watson’s medalist-tying 35-35—70, Central’s top squad, the Red team, opened up its spring season with a 298 first-round score at the Illinois-Springfield Invitational. The team score translated into a runner-up finish after Sunday’s second round was canceled due to predicted inclement weather.
Playing on the par-71 Missouri Bluff Golf Course at St. Charles, Mo., Watson fired a 1-under-par 70 to tie with teammate Jon Prescott (junior, Mendota, Ill.), who led Central’s second squad, the White team, and Maryville’s Jack McKinney atop the leaderboard of the 93-golfer, 15-team field.
The Red team was one stroke back of leader and host school Illinois-Springfield (297) and tied with Davenport (298) after the initial 18 holes.
It’s Watson’s first career performer of the week honor.
Central returns to the links Friday at the Hurricane Fusillade Challenge at Bunn, N.C., played at The River at Lake Royale Golf & Country Club.
Sarcone, Smith play lights out in shutouts—Central (6-0) won each of its first six Tucson Invitational Games by at least six runs, topping out with 14-0, five-inning wins over Dickinson (Pa.) and Marian (Wis.).
Starting all six games at shortstop, Sarcone racked up 12 hits in 19 at bats with two doubles, one home run, six runs scored and 13 runs batted in. Her opening weekend was highlighted by a 3-for-3 performance against Crown (Minn.) March 15 where she plated five of Central’s eight runs and hit the team’s lone four-bagger. She also totaled four stolen bases in four attempts while playing error-free defense.
Sarcone is batting .632 and slugging .895 for the undefeated Dutch.
It’s Sarcone’s first career female athlete of the week honor and third position player of the week award.
Smith pitched a team-high 17.0 innings in four appearances. She hurled complete-game shutouts in both of her wins, striking out six batters in a five-inning win over Crown (8-0) before capping the weekend with an eight-strikeout, seven-inning win over Marian (6-0).
It’s the first career pitcher of the week award for Smith.
The Dutch face Wis.-La Crosse Monday at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) at 6 p.m. before taking Tuesday off.