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MCCC Softball Team Captures Region 19 Title; Plays for District Championship May 5-6

5/1/18


MCCC Softball Team

The Mercer County Community College softball team following the 4-2 victory over Morris County College to capture the Region 19 Championship.

WEST WINDSOR – The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) softball team is one step closer to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament after capturing the Region 19 crown on Sunday, April 29.  

“You always start the season with your eye on the region title, so to achieve that goal and have the opportunity to look toward the next step is special,” said MCCC Head Coach Ryan Zegarski. “It’s a testament to the hard work these young women have put in all season.”

The number one seeded Vikings were a perfect 3-0 in the double-elimination Region 19 Tournament in Randolph, N.J., defeating Rowan College at Burlington County 5-0 and notching two wins over number two seed Morris County College, 4-1 and 4-2. Sophomore pitcher Kaley Wise, a Steinert High School graduate, got the win in all three contests.

“We had great pitching and big hits when we needed them, but you really have to give credit to the defense – it was outstanding throughout the entire tournament,” Zegarski said. “Pitching and defense is what it takes to win games against this level of competition.”

On the offense side, key contributors in the weekend tournament include sophomore pitcher/catcher Tatum Marshall of Bordentown, who tallied five RBI off of four hits, including a home run. Freshman outfielder/infielder Tori Bowen, of Columbus, N.J., and sophomore shortstop/outfielder Alisha Patel of Burlington contributed four hits each. Wise also added a three-run homer in game three to ice the championship – with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and trailing 2-1.

“We had solid production up and down the lineup,” Zegarski said. “Every player knew their role, and did what it took to get the job done.”

With a record of 35-6-1, the Vikings now head to the shores of Lake Erie to take on Mercyhurst in North East, Pa., for a best-of-three series in the District Tournament. The winner will earn a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Clinton, Miss.

Zegarski is assisted by Tom DeStefano and John Simone.

 

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