Athletic Event

Region IV Division II Tournament (Semi-Final Round)

Chiefs rally late to win on Krupp's walk-off single. Advance to title round with big fifth inning against Highland

Chiefs rally late to win on Krupp's walk-off single. Advance to title round with big fifth inning against Highland

Conference: No

Opponent: (#4) Illinois Valley Community College (17-14)
3 - 2 (W)

Opponent: (#3) Highland Community College (24-10)
12 - 3 (W)

(Yorkville, Ill.) - Waubonsee Community College’s softball team advanced to the championship of the Region IV Division II District B Tournament with a pair of wins Saturday. The top-seeded Chiefs posted a thrilling, come from behind 3-2 win over Illinois Valley Community College before pulling away to post a 12-3 victory over Highland Community College in five innings. Waubonsee (35-17) is set to play in the title game of the double-elimination tournament at Yorkville High School on Sunday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m. against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. If necessary, a second game will immediately follow with the winner advancing to the 2017 NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in Clinton, Miss. beginning on May 17. The Chiefs will need to win only once to advance to the National Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

In the nail-biting win over Illinois Valley the Chiefs were down to their last out before rallying. The game was scoreless until the bottom half of the fourth when Waubonsee’s Ally DeLuca hit a one-out double. Nicole Krupp was then hit-by-a-pitch and Mary Wackerlin followed with a single to load the bases. Liz Gagnon then smacked another single to drive in DeLuca for a 1-0 Chiefs’ lead. It remained that way until the top of the sixth when the Eagles’ Annie Miller launched a two-out, two-run homer to left center to suddenly give Illinois Valley a 2-1 lead.

One out away from defeat in the bottom of the seventh, Waubonsee then staged their comeback. Pinch hitter Shannen Sutherland singled to right on the first pitch she saw and advanced to second on an error by the right fielder. Down to her last strike, Lexi Moky drew a walk to keep the Chiefs’ hopes alive. DeLuca then reached base on an error by Illinois Valley’s second baseman to load the bases for Krupp. The freshman from Somonauk then delivered a two-strike, two-out, game-winning two-run single to left centerfield for the thrilling walk-off victory.

Krupp finished the game 2 for 2, while Wackerlin went 3 for 3 with a double, and Gagnon was 2 for 3 at the plate. DeLuca was outstanding in the circle for Waubonsee as she earned her 14th pitching victory of the season. The right-hander allowed only two Illinois Valley base runners through the five innings, hitting one batter and walking another. DeLuca’s no-hit bid was broken up with two-outs in the sixth on a single by Allison Korsan, before Miller then got the Eagles on the board with her home run a pitch later. Deluca finished with a two-hitter, allowing two earned runs with three strikeouts and one walk.

In Waubonsee’s triumph over Highland, an upset winner over second-seeded Madison (WI.) College (34-18) earlier in the day, the Chiefs jumped on the Cougars (22-10) early by scoring five times in the bottom of the first. Krupp picked right up from where she left off earlier by smacking a two-run triple to right center to get things going. Two batters later Gagnon drilled a three-run homer to left center for a 5-0 Waubonsee lead. Highland responded with a pair of runs in the second and another in the fourth to pull within 5-3. However, the Cougars left the bases loaded and the momentum seemed to swing back to Waubonsee’s way. The Chiefs then broke the game open and ended it by the eight-run after five innings slaughter rule with a seven run fifth inning. DeLuca capped off the big frame with a two-run, walk-off triple to make it 12-3.  

DeLuca finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs batted in, a triple and a pair of runs scored. Krupp went 2 for 3 with two runs driven in, two runs scored and a triple. Gagnon also went 2 for 3 with three runs knocked in and one scored, while Wackerlin went 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Krupp picked up her 11th pitching victory of the season allowing five hits, three earned runs, walking three and striking out one over five innings.