The NCMC Lady Pirate's softball season came to a close on Tuesday as the team fell to Jefferson College 8-5 in the second round and Three Rivers Community College 12-4 in the elimination game. The losses in the Region 16 tournament leave the Pirates with a 31-18 final mark in Coach Steve Richman's first year at the helm.
Against Jefferson College, the Lady Pirates could not hold an early advantage in a back and forth affair. Leading 3-1 after 2 innings and 4-2 after 4 innings, things were looking good until the Vikings plated 3 runs in the top of the 5th to take a 5-4 lead. Showing true grit, the Lady Pirates scratched out a run in the bottom of the 6th inning to knot the score going into the 7th. That is where things turned for good in Jefferson's favor. They were able to plate 3 more runs in the top of that frame and hold the Pirates for the 8-5 victory. "The game against Jefferson College felt like our championship game. Our girls played extremely tough and just came out on the losing end of a well-played game," remarked Richman.
Following the tough defeat to Jefferson, the Lady Pirates could never get on track against Three Rivers. The Lady Raiders jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back. NCMC was only able to come up with 4 runs, all unearned, on six hits in the game.
Top offensive performers for the Lady Pirates on the day were Bethany Jacobsen (2-5, 4 RBIs), Jaclyn Weydert (2-5, 2 Runs), and Jessica Stupar (3-7). Allison Hilsabeck took both losses on the day leaving her with a final record of 17-10.
"I'm proud of what our sophomore players were able to accomplish in their time at NCMC. They finish their careers with a 62-35 record which is excellent," noted Richman.