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Chipola Captures Conference Crown

by Joc Calloway - Chipola Athletics


The Chipola Lady Indians battled rival Tallahassee Community College in a double-header Saturday afternoon at Chipola Field in hopes of clinching the Panhandle Conference title and securing a top spot at the NJCAA Region VIII Softball Tournament. 


The Lady Indians were victorious in the game 3-0 behind the brilliant pitching display of Brittany Black.  In a complete game shutout, Black allowed only one hit while striking out 5 Lady Eagles.


In their second game, the Lady Indians jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with Michelle Hewett scoring from third on a single to shallow left by Ariell van Hook in the third inning.  The teams would trade runs in the fifth as Chipola maintained a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh inning.


Down to their last out in the top of the seventh, the Lady Eagles of Tallahassee collected a pair of hits and plated two runs before the final Lady Eagle struck out looking, leaving two fellow teammates stranded on the bases.


Trailing now 3-2, the Lady Indians mounted their come back.  After Trish Bliss was hit by a pitch, Dana Cauthen reached first base on a fielder’s choice and an erred throw advanced Bliss to second.  With two outs in the inning, Chipola catcher, Kellie Todd, tripled to deep center field on a 2-1 pitch, plating Bliss and Cauthen to give the Lady Indians the 4-3 victory.


The Lady Indians’ record improves to 12-2 in Panhandle Conference play and 40-11 overall.  The squad will return to action Friday, April 16th in their final double-header conference match against Northwest Florida State College at 4:00/6:00pm.  The Lady Indians defeated NW Florida last month in Niceville by a final of 4-3 and 9-0.


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