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Softball - Lady Cavaliers face Illinois Central in NJCAA first round


Softball - Lady Cavaliers face Illinois Central in NJCAA first round

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College softball team, seeded eighth in the NJCAA Division II Championship, will face No. 9 seed Illinois Central College in first round action this afternoon at Traceway Park in Clinton, Miss. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., EST.

Johnson County enters the tournament with a 33-5 record and possess on of the top pitchers in the country, sophomore Megan Deiter. Voted MVP of the Kansas Jayhawk Conference last week, Deiter has a 21-2 record, a 1.46 ERA and 231 strikeouts. She leads the NJCAA with a 11.66 strikeouts per seven inning ratio, ranks third in total strikeouts, sixth in wins and 13th in ERA.

At the plate the Lady Cavaliers top hitter is KJCCC Freshman of the Year recipient Sammi Bates. She is hitting at a .527 clip (59-for-112) with nine doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 41 runs and 34 RBI. Her .527 average is eighth-best nationally, and her seven triples tie for fifth in the NJCAA.

Illinois Central was the surprise winner of the District O championship last week.  After an easy win over Heartland to open the tournament, the Cougars posted a 5-2 upset victory over tournament favorite and No. 9 ranked Parkland College. Illinois Central then punched their ticket to nationals taking both games against Danville Area, a team that swept them just a week prior to the tournament play.

The Cougars stand 25-22 on the season, and while they may have been a surprise to qualify this year, making it to nationals is a common theme for the program. This year marks Illinois Central’s 24th trip to the national tournament. The program won national titles in 1982 and 1998.

Johnson County and Illinois Central have met 10 times previously, with Cougars holding the edge at 7-to-3. However, the two programs have only met one time during the six-year tenure of JCCC head coach Aubree Brattin, and that was a 3-1 triumph in the 2015 national tournament. JCCC went on to place third overall in 2015.

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