Colville High School graduate and former Indians’ softball standout Jennica Ebel recently completed her softball career at Spokane Falls Community College.
Ebel, the daughter of Jim and Nancy Ebel of Colville, helped lead SFCC to a fifth place finish in the 16-team NWAACC Tournament and fourth during the regular season.
According to Jim Ebel, an assistant coach for the CHS softball team, the Sasquatch had to overcome a “variety of obstacles this season,” starting with the unexpected transfer of their top pitcher.
It only got worse.
After that setback, SFCC’s no. 2 pitcher went down with a broken leg. The resilient Sasquatch finished the season with their starting centerfielder as the “only” pitcher.
“Then the team took a real emotional hit when a team mom revealed that she had stage four liver cancer,” Ebel added. “Still, the team battled to a one-game playoff that would qualify them for the NWAACC Tournament (the community college’s version of a Super Regional).”
Once in the tournament, the Sasquatch won three of five games. Their two losses were in close games to the eventual championship contenders.
The appearance marked the 27th straight time SFCC has qualified for the tournament.
After a slow start, the versatile Ebel ended the season leading the team in hitting (.352) and hitting with runners in scoring position (.446).
At the spring sports banquet, Ebel was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She also picked up the Coaches’ Award.
Ebel has opted not to continue playing softball. Instead, she plans to concentrate on a career in the medical field.
Ebel, who has played softball since she was a youngster, concedes that it will be strange not to be on a softball diamond on a regular basis.
“It’s going to be weird not playing anymore,” she con¬cedes. “I’ve played every spring and summer since I was nine-years-old. I have made so many friends and have had so many great experiences…I wouldn’t have changed a thing…well, maybe a couple of strikeouts.”