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Roadrunners Win 4th Consecutive Conference Title!!!



Red Shirt Sophomore Daisy Macias from Cathedral City High School and Red Shirt Freshman Onalise Rodriguez from Indio both signed their National Letters of Intent on Tuesday November 11, 2014.  The two ladies expected to make an immediate impact in the outfield for the Comets this spring will leave Jan 5th for North Dakota.  The local stars have elected to forgo their spring season with the Roadrunners and accept scholarship offers to transfer at the break to Mayville State University.  The signing of Rodriguez and Macias marks an unprecedented 10 Roadrunners signed on scholarship in the last 11 months.

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Roxanne Allen the career all-time stolen base leader has chosen to accept her scholarship offer to University of West Alabama

Two time All-Conference short-stop from Indio - Rylee Perez will be leaving on scholarship to Jamestown College

They round-up the 6 players from the 2014 team moving on to the next level - Alyssa Fuimaono (Cal State San Bernardino)

Danyelle Sturm (Cal State - Bakersfield) - Natalie Padilla (University of New Mexico Highlands) and Tori Heinemann (University of Georgia-Gwinnett)

Sophomore Pitcher/1B - Danyelle Sturm has finally made her Choice! - The 2014 All-American and Foothill Conference Player of the Year has accepted her scholarship and committed to Division I - California State Bakersfield

College of the Desert's Career Home Run Leader has signed her scholarship offer with California State San Bernardino.  Alyssa leaves the Roadrunners as a two time All-State and two time Foothill Conference Pitcher of the Year.  Alyssa will become the 3rd Roadrunner in the last 4 years to wear a Coyote uniform.

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Riverside—The UC Riverside Athletics Department hosted its 2013-14 SCOTTY Awards on Thursday evening at Hub 302 on UCR's campus, honoring the achievements of the 2013-14 Highlanders student-athletes.

Softball athlete Karina Romero was the recipient of the Hueston M. & Margaret W. Harper Award Scholarship, presented annually to the UCR varsity athlete—a freshman, sophomore or junior—whose athletic and scholarly achievements are deemed most outstanding. The recipient must have a GPA of at least 3.20.​

Romero transferred to UCR from College of the Desert and is a Palm Springs High School Graduate.

Two: 2-Time All-Conference Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Indio's Natalie Padilla signs her scholarship offer with University of New Mexico Highlands

Canada's Tori Heinemann signs her offer with University of Georgia-Gwinnett

Click on The Photo to see the KESQ News Story!!!​

​​2014 Honors and Awards

Danyelle Sturm - 1st Team All-American

Danyelle Sturm - 1st Team All-State

Alyssa Fuimaono - 1st Team All-State

Alyssa Fuimaono Foothill Conference Pitcher of the Year (2nd straight season)

Danyelle Sturm Foothill Conference Player of the Year

Roxanne Allen - 1st Team All-Region

Natalie Padilla - 1st Team All-Conference

Rylee Perez - 1st Team All-Conference

Lauren Ortiz - 1st Team All-Conference

Tori Heinemann - 2nd Team All-Conference

Sarrah Bolding - 2nd Team All-Conference

Diana Terrazas - 2nd Team All-Conference

Coach Armstrong Foothill Conference Coach of the Year (2nd in 3 years)


Karina Romero pictured to the left is performing at a high level with Division I - UC Riverside - Here at bat versus Arizona State University.  Pictured to the right are former Roadrunners (Darian Manuz and Miranda Romero) squaring off against each other in a double header at Cal State San Bernardino.  Senior Darian Manuz is at the plate hitting for CSUSB while Junior Miranda Romero is catching for Humboldt State University.

Red Shirt Freshman Janelle Eccles signed her scholarship offer with Azusa Pacific University and will leave at the break and play for Azusa this spring (2014).  Eccles who redshirted at Cal State San Marcos transferred to College of the Desert in the Fall of 2012.  Eccles led the Roadrunners in Home Runs in 2013 and of course will forever be remembered as the Roadrunner who hit the Grand Slam (pictured above) to win the program's 1st ever Super Regional game.  Eccles had planned on returning for the 2014 season, but Azusa made her an offer she couldn't refuse and with her AA Degree Completed we are excited to announce that she has matriculated and is moving NOW! Congratulations Janelle

Sophomore Felicia Gonzales Signs her National Letter of Intent and Scholarship Offer with Mayville State University of North Dakota.  Gonzales who was the De Anza League's Most Valuable Player in 2012 played just one season with the Roadrunners in 2013 and has elected to transfer at the semester break where she is expected play immediately for the Comets


All Four 2013 Sophomores Sign Scholarships to the 4 Year Level

COD's Rotary-Alumni Award Winner for 2013 For Ourstanding Achievement in Softball Miranda Romero shocks everyone by signing with Humboldt State over Division I - powerhouse - UCLA - "she chose the right fit"

2013 Foothill Conference Player of the Year and College of the Desert's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Karina Romero has chosen Division I UC-Riverside

Super Utility Player and 2nd Team All-Conference Ashlee Stolarski weeded through a number of tough choices before choosing California State University- San Bernardino - Ashlee will join 2012 grad Darian Manuz on the Coyote Softball Team - 2011 grad Anna Acosta graduated from CSU-SB this past spring.

Power stick Mary Batista will travel up north as she has accepted her scholarship with Holy Names University!!!

Congratulations Ladies and Best of Luck!



College of the Desert sweeps Santa Ana College on the road to win first ever regional play-off series.  The Roadrunners won game 1 Saturday 8-4 and game 2 on Sunday 7-6 on a thrilling walk-off 2 run Homer by Palm Springs Grad Karina Romero.  Desert advances to the Super Regionals this weekend at Mount San Antonio!

Alyssa Fuimaono has been selected as the 2013 Foothill Conference Pitcher of the Year

Karina Romero has been selected as the 2013 Foothill Conference Player of the Year

​2013 1st Team Foothill All-Conference Selections

Pitcher - Alyssa Fuimaono

Pitcher - Danyelle Sturm

Catcher - Miranda Romero

Utility - Karina Romero

Outfielder - Tori Heinemann

Outfielder - Janelle Eccles

2013 2nd Team Foothill All-Conference Selections

3rd Base - Natalie Padilla

Utility - Roxanne Allen

DP- Rylee Perez

Infielder - Ashlee Stolarski

​Roadrunners honored with highest ranking in program history!


8 Roadrunners Sign Letters of Intent and are off to the 4 Year Level!


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Darian Manuz signs letter of intent and will play for California State - San Bernardino


Congratulations to Christa Blaquiere!
Congratulations to Christa Blaquiere who pitched a complete game victory in the Gold Medal Game of the Western Canadian Championship!  This travel ball tournament finaleChristaGoldMedal.jpeg featured the two top teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.  Christa led her team to the overall Championship with a complete game victory on the mound in the Championship Game!  Blaquiere who was an honorable mention all-conference player this past season for the Roadrunners is currently attending school and playing softball at Augsburgh University in Minnesota!​​

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Roadrunners have a long standing history with community service.  Last year the ladies hosted the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Friendly at College of the Desert. The picture to the left was taken in 2011 when the ladies volunteered for a food drive at Monterey Country Club.

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​College of the Desert wins the San Diego City Tournament - The Roadrunners went 4-0 in the tournament only allowing 3 total runs for the entire weekend.  On Friday the Roadrunners beat Grossmont 8-0 in 5 innings then won the next game 5-1 against Santa Barbara City College.  COD was elected as the #1 seed for Championship play on Saturday - after having bye the first round - the Roadrunners watched in disbelief as Saddleback College packed their bags and elected not to play the semi-final game after defeating Napa Valley CC.  The next highest seed was awarded the game and the Roadrunners defeated Allan Hancock 3-1 to advance to the Championship Game.  Grossmont College rebounded from their Friday loss against COD and won 3 straight games to earn a place in the Championship Game.  However, they suffered the same fate as the day before losing 9-1 in 6 innings to the Tournament Champions - College of the Desert!  Alyssa Fuimaono was selected to the All-Tournament Team and was honored as the tournament MVP!


​Freshman Pitcher Alyssa Fuimaono has been named the San Diego City Tournament MVP and the Southern Region Pitcher of the Week! 

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Click Here to Read the CCCAA Press Release!!!

Azusa Pacific Announces New Recruiting Class - Click photo for article!


2012 All-Foothill Conference Team Announced!

1st Team All-Southern California Region and 1st Team All-Conference

Desiree Chavez (Indio, HS)

Asia Alvarez (Riverside Christian, HS)

1st Team All-Conference

Darian Manuz (Midland, TX)

Brittany Latham (Boyd, TX)

Annissa Carender (Wasco, HS)

2nd Team All-Conference

Heather Wesson (Nicholasville, KY)

Ali Tuller (La Quinta, HS)

Theresa Yeaman (Riverside Christian, HS)

Jessica Yakashiro (Vancouver, Canada)

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Jessica Garcia (Blythe, HS)

Christa Blaquiere (Edam, Canada)​



Spring Alumni Softball Celebration
Wednesday March 28th, 2012
College of the Desert  
San Bernardino College
Game Begins at 3:00 PM
$1.00 Hot Dogs and Drinks!

Congratulations Roadrunner Softball 2012 San Diego City Cardinal Bracket Tournament Champs!

KESQ News Covers Roadrunner Signing Day!

Click Here for KESQ News Report

Katie Burns Carmen Vargas
have committed to Division II - Minot State University!


Anna Acosta has committed to Division II - California State University - San Bernardino!


Tiffany Mata has committed to Peru State Nebraska

College of the Desert Softball: 2011 Honors

  • College of the Desert Scholar/Athlete of the Year- Anna Acosta
  • College of the Desert's Most Outstanding Female Athlete - Darian Manuz
  • College of the Desert's Most Inspirational Female Athlete - Carmen Vargas
  • Alumni/Rotary Club's Most Outstanding Softball Player - Katie Burns
  • 1st Team All Foothill Conference- Darian Manuz and Carmen Vargas
  • 2nd Team All Foothill Conference- Katie Burns and Liana Padilla
  • Honorable Mention Foothill Conference - Anna Acosta, Heather Wesson and Jessica Garcia

New Softball Field Dedicated on March 28, 2008