NIC softball team earns first ever berth to national tournament
The North Idaho College softball team (34-18) won the Region 18 softball championship May 6, earning its first-ever berth to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament May 18-20 in Plant City, Fla. Click here for complete results.
The No. 8-seeded Cardinals lost 1-0 to the No. 9-seeded Odessa College of Odessa, Texas in the first game of the double elimination tournament. In a dramatic game, NIC eventually fell to the No. 1-ranked Temple Community College of Temple, Texas 1-0 in their second game of the tournament.
No. 4-seeded Pima Community College of Tucson, Ariz., beat No. 3-seeded Gulf Coast Community College of Panama City, Fla., 3-2 to win the NJCAA Division 1 Fast Pitch Softball National Championship.
"This team showed a lot of character and played with the tenacity we needed to come through in the big games," said NIC Head Softball Coach Don Don Williams after her team earned the regional championship.
The NIC softball team was ranked No. 20 going into the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament held at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. NIC beat the eighth-ranked Dixie State College (35-11-2) 9-8 in 10 innings to earn its first conference title.
Outfield/second baseman Stohm Fouty of Polson High School in Montana led four NIC players with multiple hits. Fouty was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Catcher Stephanie James of Coeur d'Alene High School was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Pitcher/first baseman Spring Montgomery of East Valley High School in Spokane, Wash., was 4 for 6 with one run scored and an RBI. Second/third baseman Christine Shollenberger of University High School in Spokane, Wash., was 2 for 6 with three RBIs.
"Our success was the result of a total team effort," Williams said. "Every player did her role in order for this team to achieve a regional championship."
Pitchers Kelcey Cavan, of Skyview High School in Billings, Mont., and Melodee Mildenberger of Hamilton High School in Montana, as well as Shollenberger and Montgomery were selected to the all-region first team. Short-stop Angie Boardman, of University High School in Spokane, and outfielder Michelle St. John, of Skyview High School in Billings, were named to the second team. Cavan also received honors as MVP of the Region 18 softball tournament. For More Information
NIC Head Softball Coach Don Don Williams, (208) 769-7879Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006