Athletic Event

Oakton Community College (DH)

Chiefs blast Oakton indoors to capture 7th straight ISCC title on Sophomore Day

Chiefs blast Oakton indoors to capture 7th straight ISCC title on Sophomore Day

Conference: Yes

Opponent: Owls at Chiefs
16 - 2 (W)
17 - 1 (W)

(DeKalb, Ill.) - Waubonsee Community College’s softball team grabbed the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title for the seventh consecutive year by clobbering Oakton Community College 16-2 and 17-1. The two lopsided wins came indoors at DeKalb Park District’s Sports and Recreational Center as the two teams avoided the recent inclement weather. The Chiefs completed their conference campaign 10-0 and have gone 80-8 in league action over the last seven seasons under Coach Perry Clark’s direction. Overall Waubonsee has captured the ISCC softball title 10 times since the inception of the league in 1977.   

The opening game was decided early as the Chiefs scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning, sending 15 batters to the plate. Mary Wackerlin drove in five of those runs as she ripped a bases-loaded triple and later in the frame drilled a two-run double. Waubonsee added five more runs in the second highlighted by a bases-loaded triple to left center field by Ally DeLuca. That was more than enough offensive support for pitcher Ashley Jourdan who allowed just three hits and one earned run while striking out 11 and walking two en route to winning her fifth game of the spring.

The Chiefs scored six times in the opening frame of game two. Run-scoring singles by Katie Shaffer, Nicole Krupp and Megan Stricker, along with a two-run double by MacKenzie Jackson got things going for Waubonsee. The Chiefs led 9-1 entering the fourth before breaking the game wide open by scoring eight more runs. Shaffer led off the inning with a double and Liz Gagnon followed with her 18th two-bagger of the season to drive home Shaffer. Krupp then drilled a third straight double to knock in Gagnon. Later in the inning Stricker and Jourdan smacked run-scoring singles, and Courtni Neubauer and Krupp both added two-run singles as Waubonsee registered 10 hits in their half of the fourth alone. Shaffer finished the game 3 for 3 with a double, a triple, three runs scored and two batted in. Krupp ended the contest 3 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and five driven in.

Neubauer, the Chiefs’ speedy leadoff hitter, drew five walks, scored six times and stole two bases on the day. For the season Waubonsee’s centerfielder leads all NJCAA Division II softball players in stolen bases with 66 and walks with 41, and is second nationally with 89 runs scored. Last weekend the sophomore broke Waubonsee’s single-season record for stolen bases (55) set by Amanda Balough in 2009. Earlier this past week she eclipsed Jami Swenson’s career mark of 100 stolen bases set during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The graduate of Burlington Central High School has swiped 104 bases in 109 attempts the last two years.

Waubonsee is next in action this coming Monday, May 1 when they travel to Joliet Junior College to play a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader. The Chiefs close out the regular season at home on Tuesday, May 2 when they host Harper College in a 3:00 p.m. twinbill. Waubonsee will begin play in the Region IV Division II Tournament on Wednesday, May 3 against a yet-to-be determined opponent. The semi-finals and finals of the tournament will be played at Yorkville High School on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 with Waubonsee as the host school. The winner will advance to the 2017 NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in Clinton, Miss. beginning on May 17.