Athletic Event

NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament

Long balls by LSU-Eunice make the difference as Chiefs fall 7-4 in their first ever National Tournament game

Long balls by LSU-Eunice make the difference as Chiefs fall 7-4 in their first ever National Tournament game

Conference: No

Opponent: #4 LSU-Eunice (48-11) Bengals
4 - 7 (L)

Waubonsee Community College’s softball team played their first game ever in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. It didn't go exactly as the Chiefs had planned, but they made a good showing against one of the premier junior college softball program's in the country. The 13th seeded Chiefs (36-18) dropped their opening game 7-4 to defending National Champion LSU-Eunice on Wednesday afternoon at the 16-team, double-elimination tournament. The fourth seeded Bengals (49-11), National Champions four times in the last six years, jumped out to an early lead and then held on to knock the Chiefs into the consolation bracket. 

The long ball was the Chiefs’ nemesis as LSU-Eunice smacked four home runs in the game to account for five of their seven runs. LSU-Eunice scored three runs in the first, highlighted by a tape-measure solo homer by Hannah Vidallier to straight away center. Waubonsee then got on the scoreboard in the top of the second on a long solo home run by DeLuca. The Bengals added to their lead in the bottom of the frame on a two-run homer by Jeannemarie Angelle to make it 5-1. The Chiefs though battled back, scoring three times in the top of the fourth to pull within a run.

Krupp led off the inning with a solo home run of her own. A walk and a pair of singles loaded the bases for Miller who lofted a long sacrifice fly to right field to score a run. Neubauer then reached base on a swinging bunt with Wackerlin scoring from third. However, the Chiefs stranded the potential tying and go ahead runners on base. The Bengals then added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth on solo home runs by Bobbie Smith and again by Vidallier. For the game the Chiefs out hit LSU-Eunice 10-8 while stranding six runners on base. Krupp, Wackerlin, Gagnon and Lexi Moky all finished with two hits each. DeLuca took the pitching loss, just her sixth of the season.