May 06, 2019
It was one for the books as Chipola defeated Florida SouthWestern 2-1 in nine innings over two days to secure a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament for the fifth-straight season.
It was a defensive battle with a scoreless game until the top of the fourth inning when Ally Clegg brought home Mikayla Lewin on a base hit to right field, giving Chipola a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the Bucs had the tying run on base when the Lady Indian's defense turned a beautiful double play to end the inning.
In the top of five, Chipola was unable to extend their lead as they left one on base. In the bottom of the inning, Florida SouthWestern scored one to tie the game 1-1.
Neither club was able to score in the sixth inning, keeping the score tied 1-1 heading into the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh, Thais Uyema was able to get one on base, but they couldn't bring her home as the score stayed tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the inning. With Florida SouthWestern unable to score, the game headed to extra innings.
As the eighth inning was set to begin, a storm settled in and a rain delayed was called. Because of field conditions, the game remainder of the game was moved to Monday morning.
As the action picked back up on Monday, the Lady Indians were able to get one on base in the top of the eighth, but couldn't score as the Florida SouthWestern made a good defensive play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Buccaneers had no runs, no hits, and left on one base.
In the top of the ninth, Lauren Finch gave Chipola a 2-1 lead as she hit a bomb over the center field fence! The Lady Indians added another hit in the inning, but couldn't score again, leaving two on base.
Chipola was three outs from securing a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament as the entered the bottom of the ninth. Amy Woodham struck out the first batter, Haley Sandridge secured the second out as a ground ball headed her way, and Woodham sat down the third batter, giving Chipola the 2-1 win.
Finch was the hero at the plate with the timely home run in the ninth inning. She had one hit, one run, and one RBI. Lewin had two hits and one run, Clegg had one hit and one RBI, and Mclain and Scala each had one hit.
In the circle, Woodham pitched the entire nine innings. She had five strikeouts, allowed two hits and one run.
The Lady Indians move to 47-5 on the season and have qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah from May 22-25.
The following Lady Indians were named to the FSCAA All-Tournament team: Hayley Sandridge, Ally Clegg, Eila Infante, Mikayla Lewin, Candela Figueroa, Amy Woodham, Lauren Finch