The Chipola Lady Indians are headed to Utah to compete in the Junior College Softball World Series! They claimed their spot in the World Series after a nine-inning battle against Florida Southwestern State College with a 2-1 win. To get to this pivotal game, Chipola was in win or go home situation after losing a hard-fought 6-5 battle against College of Central Florida on May 3.
The Lady Indians did just that, battled to a 12-2 win over Seminole State College of Florida and a 12-1 win over Indian River State College before taking it to extra innings for the bid to the World Series.
For this game, coaches Belinda and Jimmy Hendrix sent Amy Woodham to the circle. Woodham went the distance and picked up the win. Woodham threw seven innings on Sunday before the game was called due to weather and picked up where she left off Monday morning. She allowed just one run on two hits, two walks and struck out five batters. Florida Southwestern countered with a trio of pitchers in defeat.
Chipola collected just six hits with Mikayla Lewin garnishing two of those hits and scoring one of Chipola’s two runs. The HERO of the day goes to Lauren Finch when she launched a shot over the centerfield fence in the top of the ninth inning to give Chipola the lead, a lead that would hold and give them a bid for the World Series. Finch ended the game with one hit, one RBI and one run scored all on one swing of the bat. Ally Clegg had one hit and one RBI, followed by Sydney Mclain and Taylor Scala with one hit each. Thais Uyema drew two walks with Candela Figueroa, Taylor Scala and Haley Sandridge all drawing one walk each.
The Indians will head to Utah with a 47-5 record for a chance at another World Series championship. The tournament is scheduled for May 22-25 in St. George, Utah.