Team Enjoys Victory before
Being Eliminated at World Series
Windsor, N.J. - The MCCC softball team knows what it feels like
to compete - and win a game - on the national level. According to
Head Coach Ryan Zegarski, his team fought hard in every inning of
their three games at the NJCAA Div. II World Series, held May 20-23
in Normal, Ill.
"We were competitive in every game," he said. "We
showed we belonged there."
Rain played an intrusive role in the tournament. No sooner had the
Vikings begun their first game against the no. 3-seed, Muskegon
CC (MI), on May 20 when play was halted due to weather, with the
Vikings trailing 4-0 after one inning. When they resumed play May
21, both teams scored a run. "Essentially, we held them to
a 1-1 tie for six innings," Zegarski said. Muskegon was the
tournament's eventual winner.
Mercer still had two more games to play that day. In their next
game, the Vikings edged 11-seed Highland CC (KS) 8-7. Freshman Kirsten
Edinger had a 3-run homer to give Mercer the lead. Another freshman,
Jenn Comiski, had two hits, as did Brianna McInnis.
In their third game, the Vikings were eliminated with a 9-4 loss
to the 4-seed, Johnson CC (KS). Mercer took an early 4-3 lead, but
saw it evaporate in the 7th inning as Johnson, with two outs, scored
six runs. "We just couldn't hold them," Zegarski said.
Johnson's defense kept the Vikings from scoring in their final at
Zegarski credits numerous players with significant contributions,
especially in hitting. "We didn't hit consistently during the
season, but we did during the Region 19 tournament and we did at
the nationals," he said. "I am very proud of this team."
Pitcher Jenna Berger was key on the mound, earning MVP status at
the regional tournament, and Jess Maciolek was a defensive powerhouse
The Vikings ended their stellar season with a 32-14 record. Their
trip to the World Series marks the second time in six years that
Zegarski has taken his team to nationals. He was assisted this season
by Chris Freihaut. Both coaches are MCCC alumni who played Vikings
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