In need of softball players, Wenatchee turns to hoops star Shapp

April 1, 2018

Whitney Shapp basketball

Whitney Shapp

When the Wenatchee Valley College softball team suffered a rash of injuries that forced the NWAC school to search for replacement players, the coaches didn’t need to look far to find Whitney Shapp of Anchorage.

The former high school all-conference standout was already on campus as a member of the Wenatchee Valley women’s basketball team.

“The team was short on girls due to injuries so they asked me to play,” she told me. “I hadn’t played in two years, but it’s like I never left.”

Shapp turned out to be the power hitter the team was missing.

The 6-foot slugger hit a home run in just her second game back and leads Wenatchee Valley with 4 home runs in eight games.

She has 13 hits in 26 at-bats for a .500 batting average. She also has 8 RBIs.

“I’m glad I have the opportunity to play again,” she said.

Shapp, of Dimond High fame, goes to the plate looking to swing the bat and has been walked just twice.

She also doesn’t miss a lot of pitches, striking out just once.

On the basketball team, Shapp started 21 of 26 games averaged 8.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.