Lady Indians Dominate the Competition at the
NJCAA Region VIII Tournament
by Joc Calloway - Chipola Athletics
Complete and utter domination! That statement sums up the Chipola Lady Indians’ 14-0 game winning performance in the 2010 NJCAA Region VIII Championship Game versus Miami-Dade, the FCCAA Atlanta District Champion and the second ranked team in the country.
There was no need for a repeat of the 2007 NJCAA Region VIII Championship, in which Chipola scored on a pass ball to defeated Miami-Dade 1-0. In 2007, Chipola would go on to win the NJCAA National title after winning the region tournament.
Chipola, who beat State College of Florida for the second time in two days by the final 13-8 to capture the FCCAA Gulf District Championship and is ranked third in the country, will now advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah.
From an outstanding pitching performance all day from Brittany Black, Emma Stevenson, and Skylar Davis, the Lady Indians were finally able to connect with the bats in the final day; 20 hits in game one versus State College of Florida and 18 against FCCAA Atlanta District Champion, Miami-Dade.
“I am extremely proud of our team and how we have fought all year long through adversity,” said Coach Belinda Hendrix. “At the beginning of the season, nobody thought we would compete for the conference title and make a run at the state title.”
“To now have the opportunity to compete in the National Tournament in Utah, it says a great deal about the character and the heart of our team.”
Chipola’s road to nationals was paved with victories against South Florida (4-2), St. Petersburg (4-3), State College of Florida (7-4 & 13-8), and Miami-Dade (14-0).
In the Miami-Dade game, Chipola was led by Andrea Sullivan, who had three hits, three runs, five RBIs, two walks, and two homeruns in three at bats. Sullivan was named NJCAA Region VIII Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Joining Sullivan in the hit parade was teammates Kellie Todd, four hits and four RBIs; Michelle Hewett, three hits and two runs; Dana Cauthen, three hits and three runs.
Pitcher Emma Stevenson pitched a complete game shutout by allowing only six runs, one walk, and four strikeouts on 100 pitches.
For game highlights and interview with Associate Head Coach Shane Hendrix, visit http://bit.ly/ca2bjE.