Athletic Event

NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament

Chiefs' season comes to a close with extra inning loss to Lansing (MI.) at National Tournament

Chiefs' season comes to a close with extra inning loss to Lansing (MI.) at National Tournament

Conference: No

Opponent: #11 seed Lansing (MI.) Community College (41-14)
1 - 2 (L)

Waubonsee Community College’s memorable season came to a close with a tough, extra inning loss in the third round of the 2017 NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship Tournament. The Chiefs fell in eight innings 2-1 to Lansing (MI.) Community College to be eliminated from the 16-team, double-elimination tournament. Waubonsee finishes the season with a 37-20 record overall after winning the Region IV District B title for the first time and making the program’s first ever appearance at the National Tournament. Coach Perry Clark’s Chiefs also captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title for the seventh straight year.

Lansing scored a run in the top of the first inning. The Stars (42-14) got runners to first and third courtesy of an error and a single with one out. Lansing then attempted a double steal, with the runner at third scoring as the Chiefs’ catcher Mary Wackerlin threw out the runner trying to steal second base. Waubonsee answered back in its’ half of the first by loading the bases with one out on a pair of singles and an error. The Chiefs’ Alycia DeLuca was then hit-by a pitch to force in a run and tie the game, her team-leading 65th run driven in on the season. A double play though ended Waubonsee’s potential big inning. The game remained tied for the next six innings as Waubonsee squandered several scoring opportunities, including one in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

DeLuca, who had allowed just three hits since the first inning, surrendered a one-out double in the top of the eighth. With the potential go ahead run at second DeLuca induced an easy fly out for out number two. Lansing’s Hannah Horvath then blooped a pop fly that dropped in between Chiefs’ defenders in shallow right center to put the Stars in front. Waubonsee, which stranded eight runners for the game, went down in order in the eighth to end the season with a frustrating loss. 

DeLuca allowed just six hits and one earned run over eight innings pitched while being saddled with the pitching loss. Megan Arcivar finished the game 2 for 3 with a run scored. Chiefs’ lead off hitter Courtni Neubauer went 1 for 3 with a pair of stolen bases, finishing the season with a Waubonsee single-season record of 71 thefts and career record of 109.  The sophomore centerfielder also set a Chiefs’ single-season mark with 47 walks and 93 runs scored.