NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2013!!!!
Wallace State headed to semifinals after surviving Pima comeback
STEVE JOHNSON, DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY May 17, 2013 ST. GEORGE, Utah – Eighth-seeded Wallace State (AL) Community College held off a late Pima (AZ) CC rally in claiming an 8-6 victory in the winner’s bracket of the 2013 NJCAA Division I Women's Softball National Championship tournament Friday afternoon at the Canyons Complex. Wallace State (53-11) will advance to the championship bracket final to face Salt Lake (UT) CC for a spot in Saturday’s championship game Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. (MDT). Meanwhile Pima CC (48-18) will face Lake Land College in an elimination bracket game Friday night at 5 p.m. (MDT). Wallace State broke open a tied ballgame with a six-run fifth inning, which was started by a lead-off home run from Madeline Lee. The Lions pounded out seven hits overall in the frame, including a two-run single from Kori Benson, to take a commanding 7-1 lead. WSCC tacked on an insurance run in the sixth, which turned out to be a big run as Pima came back with three runs of its own in the home half of the frame thanks to two Lion errors, to cut the deficit in half at 8-4. The Aztecs weren’t done there as they pulled two within a pair of runs in the seventh after a two-out, two-run single from Maria Ortiz, but Wallace State pitcher BreeAnna Blevins was able to induce an infield flyout to end the game. Benson led the Lions with two hits and three RBI, while Ortiz matched that effort to lead Pima.
Wallace State continues run with semifinal win over Salt Lake
May 17, 2013 STEVE JOHNSON, DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY ST. GEORGE, Utah – No. 8-seed Wallace State (AL) Community College used a 13-hit barrage to roll past #2-seed Salt Lake (UT) CC, 8-1, and advance to the championship game of the 2013 NJCAA Division I Women's Softball National Championship tournament Friday night at the Canyons Complex. Wallace State (54-11) will await the winner of the Salt Lake/#5-seed Pima elimination game, which will be played Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (MDT). The NJCAA National Championship game will follow at 12 noon (MDT), with a if-necessary game to follow at 2 p.m. (MDT). The Lions picked up an early run in the top half of the second inning as catcher Paige Rowland led off the frame with a solo homer to right center. Wallace then tacked on three runs in the fourth and three more tallies in the sixth, which came on a three-run homer from Maria Mitchell. The run support was more than enough for Lion starter Lindsey DeFee, who fanned six and limited Salt Lake’s potent offense to just four hits and one run over her seven innings of work. Salt Lake had entered the contest averaging more than 10 runs a game through the first three days of the tourney. Bruin starter MaCauley Flint, who had been nearly unhittable through her first three outings at the tourney, was touched up for six hits and four runs in four innings of work in taking the loss. Bruin lead-off hitter Malia Campos accounted for two of SLCC’s four safeties in the game.
Salt Lake shuts out Wallace State to force second title game
May 18, 2013 STEVE JOHNSON, DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY ST. GEORGE, Utah – Second-seeded Salt Lake (UT) CC rode a dominant pitching performance from Kailey Christensen to force a second national championship game as the Bruins blanked #8-seed Wallace State (AL) CC, 8-0, at the 2013 NJCAA Division I Women's Softball National Championship tournament Saturday afternoon at the Canyons Complex. Christensen fanned three and held Wallace State to just four hits in the complete game shutout. Meanwhile, the Bruin offense gave the freshman hurler all the runs she would need early, scoring a run in the first inning, two more in the second on a Malia Campos two-run single, and two more tallies in the third on a Whitney Holt two-RBI homer in taking a 5-0 lead. Salt Lake then put the game out of reach in the fourth as Bruin catcher Susan Duke cleared the bases with a three-run base hit to extend the advantage to 8-0. Wallace State starter BreeAnna Blevins suffered the loss after being relieved in the first inning after forcing in a run on consecutive illegal pitch calls.
Release furnished by Dixie State College Sports Information ST. GEORGE, Utah -- No. 8-seed Wallace State Community College - Hanceville (Ala.) won its second-ever NJCAA Division I Softball Championship, but had to put in a little extra work to earn the trophy, as the Lions bounced back with a 7-3 victory over No. 2-seed Salt Lake Community College (Utah) Saturday afternoon at the Canyons Complex. The Lions, who also won the title in 2008, came into play Saturday out of the winner’s bracket, needing only one win to claim the title. Meanwhile, Salt Lake, which had dropped an 8-1 decision to Wallace State Friday night in the winner’s bracket semifinals, avenged that loss and forced a second title game by defeating the Lions 8-0 earlier Saturday. Salt Lake looked as if it was going to pick up where it left off to start game two as the Lions committed three errors in the first inning, yet the Bruins scored just one run on those extra opportunities to take a 1-0 lead. After being shutout for the first time in the tournament in their loss to Salt Lake in the first title game on Saturday, Wallace State broke through with a pair of runs in the second inning as infielder Kori Benson connected on a two-run home run to give the Lions a 2-1 lead. The Bruins had a chance to put up a big number in the bottom of the fifth frame as Salt Lake loaded the bases with no outs on a pair of hits and a hit by pitch. However, Wallace State starting pitcher Lindsey DeFee was able to escape the jam by only allowing just one run off a sacrifice fly from Susan Duke, which knotted the score at 2-2. The Lions then put the game away in the seventh. Wallace State sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five runs. Benson and Katie Gentle both produced two-run singles, which gave Wallace State a commanding 7-2 advantage. Salt Lake tried to mount a rally in its final at-bat as Maddy Woodard knocked a solo home run with one out to left field, which was followed by a Lyndsey Healy single. However, DeFee slammed the door shut as she induced a championship-clinching double play to end the game. DeFee, who was named Tournament MVP and Most Outstanding Pitcher, struck out three and scattered five hits and three runs, two earned, to pick up the win. She posted a 3-0 record during the tournament with a 4.14 ERA in 25.1 innings in the circle. Opposing batters mustered only a .245 average against her during the tournament. Wallace State (55-12) finished with 12 hits, with Benson accounting for two and a game-high four RBIs. Gentle also had two hits and two RBIs. Bruin starter Kailey Christensen, who posted a shutout versus Wallace in the first title match, pitched into the second inning of game two, but was touched up for two runs on three hits in the frame and took the loss. Woodard finished with three hits to lead the Bruin offense. Salt Lake’s Malia Campos had one hit in the deciding title game and scored two runs. She earned the tourney’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player honor after posting a .426 batting clip with a home run and eight RBIs while in St. George. She also scored 15 runs. The Bruins of Salt Lake ended their 2013 season at 53-11 overall and national runners-up for the third straight year.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Yvette Alvarez – Pitcher, Pima CC (Ariz.) McCauley Flint – Pitcher, Salt Lake CC (Utah) Maria Alexander Ortiz – Catcher, Pima CC (Ariz.) Lindsey DeFee – Pitcher, Wallace State CC (Ala.) Maddy Woodard – SS, Salt Lake CC (Utah) Madeline Lee – 2B, Wallace State CC (Ala.) Katherine Harrison – 1B, Chipola College (Fla.) Brittany Gillison – OF, Wallace State CC (Ala.) Kristi Belshe – OF, Lake Land College (Ill.) Katie Gentle – OF, Wallace State CC (Ala.) Sydney Stuever – OF, Butler CC (Kan.) Whitney Holt – UT/DP, Salt Lake CC (Utah) MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER Malia Campos, Salt Lake CC (Utah) .462 / 1 2B / 1 HR / 8 RBI / 15 RS / 3 SB MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER Lindsey DeFee, Wallace State CC (Ala.) 3-0 / 4.14 ERA / 25.1 IP / 13 K / .245 OBA MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER Kori Benson – 3B, Wallace State CC (Ala.) MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Lindsey DeFee, Wallace State CC (Ala.) KAREN L. SYKES OUTSTANDING COACH OF THE TOURNAMENT Jayne Clem, Wallace State CC (Ala.) Photos courtesy of St. George Parks & Recreation...and Russell Moore, Wallace State CC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDING SEED COLLEGE DIST(REG) 1. Butler Community College, Kan. (50-2) E (6) 2. Salt Lake Community College, Utah (48-9) N (18) 3. Chipola College, Fla. (43-9) H (8B) 4. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (42-9) B (2) 5. Pima Community College, Ariz. (46-17) A (1) 6. Iowa Western Community College (41-12) J (11) 7. Walters State Community College, Tenn. (38-7) F (7) 8. Wallace State Community College, Ala. (50-11) O (22) 9. Santa Fe College, Fla. (42-16) G (8A) 10. Weatherford College, Texas (48-6) D (5N) 11. Lake Land College, Ill. (49-5) P (24) 12. Paris Junior College, Texas (36-17) K (14A) 13. Trinity Valley Community College, Texas (33-25) L (14B) 14. Odessa College, Texas (46-19) C (5W) 15. Georgia Perimeter College (21-14) M (17) 16. Pitt Community College, N.C. (28-13) I (10)
Lady Lions Number 8 Seed
The Lions drew the number 8 seed at the National tournament which starts 15 May in Saint George Utah. The Lions will face the Number 9 seed Santa Fe Saints from Gainsville Florida in the first round. Game time is 4 PM, 15 May and will be broad cast via NJCAA TV. You can follow along with your Lady Lions by accessing the NJCAA TV web site at: Game 2 (Field 1) - 2013 NJCAA D1 Softball Championship - Santa Fe vs. Wallace State
Lady Lions Region 22 and ACCC Champs!!!
Wallace State softball earned a trip to the National tournemnet next week in St George Utah by defeating Shelton State 3-2 to repeat as Region 22 and ACCC champions. The lions finished the region tournament with a 4-0 record and hit 11 home runs during the 4 games. The lions will now prepare to represent Region 22 at the National tournament 15-18 May in St George Utah.
Lions Head to State Tournament
The Lady Lions won the North Division title and earned a first round bye at the 2013 Region 22 and ACCC State tournament set for this weekend in Alabaster at Veterans Park. The Lions will face the winner of Enterprise, the Central number 3 seed and Lureen B. Wallace the number 4 seed from the south. Game time is set for 12 PM Friday.
WSCC Softball Starts Spring 2013 Season
The Lady Lions go off to a good start for the 2013 season with and opening win over Lamar State from Texas wining 2-1. The next Day the Lions were back in action where they defeated Northwest Florida State College 7-1 behind a great pitching outing by Bree Blevins. Kori Benson and Katie Gentle found their swings belting two home runs each to give the Lions the lead for good. Later that night the Lions drop a very tight game to Darton GA losing 1-0 in a game where Lindsey Defee gave up just 3 hits but one being a Home Run to secure the win for Darton. Unfortunately the bad luck would continue the next day as the Lions dropped 2-3 decision to Darton again while beltin out 11 hits. They just couldn't fine the timely hit to get the lead. THe last game of the tournament for the Loons was against host Chipola College where they again played well but lost 1-3 while leaving runners in scoring position 3 separate times. The Lions travel to Houston Texas this weekend to take on teams from Texas and Iowa.
Lions Ink 15 for 2013
Wallace State Softball sign 15 student-athletes to play softball for the 2013-2014 season. Local Standouts include Paige Browning pitcher, from West Limestone High School. Isabella Campbell Catcher/outfielder from Grissom High School. Haley Brooke Tolbert catcher, from Huntsville High School. Katlyn Whitehead catcher/infielder from Holly Pond High School. Hannah Harper, infielder from Hatton High School, Town Creek Alabama. Mackenzie Hill, infielder from Lawrence County High School in Moulton Alabama. Jesse Dunn infielder from Bessemer Academy, McCalla Alabama. Pitcher/firstbase Amanda Medders from Brookwood High School in Brookwood Alabama. Rachel Ragland pitcher from Pleasent Grove High School. Signing from Greenwood High School in Bowling Green Kentucky is outfielder Sarah Jordan. Brooke Kinsey, firstbase from Madison County High School in Montecello Florida. Also from Florida are Andrea McKenzie infielder from AC Mosley high school in Lynn Haven Florida, Pitcher infielder Kayla Johnson from Liberty County high school in Bristol Florida, pitcher Misty Doran from Northview High School in Century Florida and Dani Ekberg, cathcer from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee Florida.
Sophomores Sign Scholarships
Lady Lions 2013 Sophomores signed softball scholarships to move on and play at the 4-year level. Paige Rowland - catcher will play next season at Shorter College in Roam Georgia. Brittany Gillison -infield will play at the University of North Alabama as will Shaqulle Morris - utility, Libby Olinger - utility, Katie Gentle - outfield, BreeAnna Blevins - pitcher. Victoria Frith will become a Charger at University of Alabama Huntsville. Lindsey Defee - pitcher will continue on at Columbus State in columbus GA. Each player will contribute to their respective team next season. Good luck Lions!