LADY PIRATES MAKE REGION VI TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The 2015-2016 Independence Community College Lady Pirate softball program is the first lowest seed (7) to enter the Region VI Tournament and advance themselves to the Championship Game, and take the #1 seeded team into extra innings (9 innings).
FIRST ROUND OF REGION (Independence, KS)
It all began with the Lady Pirates finishing 7th of 14 in their regular season Region standings. Each team that finishes within the Top 7 of the Regular Season Region Standings are fortunate enough to host the first round of the Region Tourney, winner of best 2/3 makes it to the 2nd Round and the Region Tourney in Topeka. On May 1st, the Lady Pirate hosted the Kansas City of Kansas Community College Lady Blue Devils, winning Game 1: 3-0 and Game 2: 5-3.
Division 2: District E : REGION TOURNAMENT (Topeka, KS)
May 7th, 2016
As the lowest seed to enter the Region Tourney, the Lady Pirates first match up was against the #1 seeded Highland Community College (#6 in the Nation). Also within their bracket, #4 Cowley Community College and #3 Hutchinson Community College (#9 In the Nation). After being stunned by being run ruled in 6 innings, the Lady Pirates rallied all the way back through the losers bracket to face the Highland Scotties one final time, in the Division 2: District E Region Tournament Championship Game.
Game 2 vs. #3 Hutchinson Community College, ranked #9 in the NJCAA Nation, the Lady Pirates attacked the Blue Dragons as if they had nothing to lose, recording 11 hits, 4 of which doubles, as our pitching staff held the strongly offensive dominated Blue Dragons to only 5 hits, with 5 timely strikeouts. Through their team effort, the Lady Pirates defeated Hutchinson 6 – 1.
May 8th, 2016
Game 3 vs. #4 Cowley Community College in true dramatic tournament fashion, the Lady Pirates were faced with being down 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th inning. Previous to this predicament, the game had been postponed 3 times due to lightning in the area and twice due to rain. All in all, Indy rallied their way back to score 4 runs, the 4th being a bottom of the 7th, 2 outs, bases loaded, hit by Freshmen Hanna Harris, to score 6th and final run to take the Lady Pirates into the Championship Game.
May 10th, 2016
Game 4 vs. #1 Highland Community College Scotties, ranked #6 in the NJCAA Nation, was one a true championship game. Both pitchers demanded the circle for the first 4 innings (Highland: Dominque Sprengers vs. Independence: Heather Breslin) leaving the scoreboard full of 0’s. It wasn’t until the Top of the 5th inning that the Lady Pirates scored by a passed ball that a run was officially recorded during the game. After the Lady Pirates struck first, the Scotties returned the favor by scoring in the bottom of the 5th. Once again, Breslin and Sprengers proceeded to shut down each team as the score remained 1-1 on into the 9th inning. Bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 outs, a Scotties hitter hit a walk off sacrifice fly to score the last and final run of the game to end the game 2-1, Highland.
GAME SCORES RECAP:
GAME 1: Highland 8 Independence 0
GAME 2: Hutchinson 1 Independence 6
GAME 3: Independence 6 Cowley 5
GAME 4: Highland 2 Independence 1