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College Softball: Alapese Matautia helps SWOCC win NWAC title, finishes season with AK state record 90 RBIs

by | May 23, 2023 | Cover Story, Softball

Alapese Matautia

Anchorage’s Alapese Matautia capped her softball career at Southwestern Oregon Community College in style.

The sophomore shortstop went 3-for-3, scored two runs and drove in a pair in Sunday’s 6-1 win over Clackamas in the title game of the NWAC Championship in Vancouver, Wash.

This was the first league crown for the Lakers of Monmouth, Ore., and Matautia was a big reason why school history was made.

The Bartlett High grad had an RBI double in the third inning to get the party started, giving SWOCC a 1-0 lead. She added a sac fly in the fifth inning as her team’s lead swelled to 5-1.

She finished 7-for-15 in five tournament games with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs.

The Alaskan was especially clutch in the semifinals when her two-run triple in the fifth inning powered the Lakers a 2-0 win over Clackamas and clinched a berth in the title game.

What a season it was for Matautia, who was a legit triple-crown contender in the NWAC after finishing top-10 in batting average, home runs and RBIs.

She led the league with 90 RBIs, ranked third with a .527 average and was tenth with 16 homers.

Her RBI total was the most for a college player from Alaska since Fairbanks’ Kacey Duffield had 71 in 2016 for Indian Hills Community College and her 16 home runs are the third most by an Alaskan, ranking only behind Duffield’s 19 and Lillian Bullock’s 17 she hit for North Carolina A&T State University in 2007.

Matautia earned a spot on the NWAC Championship all-tournament team and was named South Region MVP and first-team infielder.

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Alaska Airlines | Nicole Johnston | Richard Mize | Advanced Diagnostics, INC | Aktive Soles | Alaska Oil and Gas Association | Aspen Endodontics | Black-Smith, Bethard & Carlson, LLC. | BOSCO's | Coho Financial Group | Continental Auto Group | Don Clary & Judy Besh | Glen Bailey | Invisalign-Ben Ward | JL Properties | Joey Caterinichio & Ja Dorris| Kathleen Navarre | Midas Alaska | Moose's Tooth, Bear Tooth and Broken Tooth Brewing | Perkins Coie - Sarah & A.J. Schirack | R&M Consultants, Inc. | RE/MAX Dynamic Properties Kevin Taylor | Residential Mortgage | Seth Wickersham & Alison Overholt | Taylored Restoration | Korndrop Family Foundation | Arctic Slope Regional Corporation | Replacement Glass | Zareena and Allen Clendaniel | Foley & Pearson | UAA Seawolves | Tony and Carla Slaton Barker | Sportclips Haircuts | Alliance for Support of American Legion Baseball in Alaska | Alice & Gunnar Knapp | Amy and Jason Miller | Burgerfi | Charles Fedullo | Dan Rufner | Darren Lieb | Don Winchester | Donley Family | Dr. Justin Libby, DDS | Firetap | Harlow Robinson | Jason & Shannon Metrokin | Jim & Michelle Hajdukovich | Joe Alston | Kathie Bethard | Krispy Kreme | Kristopher Knauss | Loren Kroon | Mark and Jamie Johnson | Mark Silverman | On the Border | Pete Robinson | Rick Mystrom | Team Heat | Team Moriarty | The Conway Family | Todd Whited | Moria Smith | In memory of Drs. John & Elizabeth Tower | Peter Pounds | Multisport Training of Alaska/Lisa Keller | RSA Engineering

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