The Chipola College Lady Indians softball team finished as runner-up in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament on April 30. With that finish, the team earned a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament, scheduled for May 17-20, in St. George, Utah.
Chipola won game won Friday morning 5-0 over Hillsborough Community College. Morgan Goree was the winning pitcher, going the distance, allowing three hits, one walk, while fanning eight batters. Bobbie Morris was two for three with Ashley Morris, Barbara Woll, Alexis Grampp, and Elisa Grifagno all had one hit.
Chipola lost a heartbreaker in game two, a 1-0 loss to College of Central Florida. Krystal Goodman took the loss, giving up one unearned run, on three hits, two walks, while striking out three batters. Jordenne Gaten had two hits with Ashley Morris picking up one hit.
Saturday, the Lady Indians defeated Santa Fe College 5-2 behind the pitching of Goree. Goree gave up two runs, one earned in six innings before giving way to Goodman who closed out the final inning. Gaten had two hits, while Melany Sheldon, Ashlyn Perry, Grampp, Debora Fernanda, Woll, and Morris all had one hit each.
The Chipola Lady Indians next dealt Daytona State College a 4-1 loss with Goodman picking up the win. Goodman went the distance, gave up one unearned run on no hits, three walks, and struck out six batters. Grampp, Fernanda, Gaten, Morris, Sheldon, Marta Gasporotto, and Morris all had one hit each.
In their third game Saturday, fifth overall, the Lady Indians shutout Indian River State College 8-0 in five innings. Goree went the distance, giving up no runs on two hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Morris notched three hits, while Grampp, Fernanda, Woll, Sheldton, Grifagno, and Morris all had one hit each.
Chipola won game one Sunday 4-2 over College of Central Florida ehind Goodman and Goree. Goodman went four innings, gave up two runs, on three hits, one walk, and struck out one batter. Goree went three innings, gave up no runs, on two hits, two walks, and struck out five batters. Gaten had two hits, while Grampp, Fernanda, Sheldon, and Morris all had one hit each.
Chipole won 6-2 over Seminole State College to advance to the state championship game. Goree and Goodman combined for the win with Goree going four innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits, no walks and striking out three. Goodman went the final three innings, gave up no runs on one hit, no walks, and struck out three batters.
In the championship game, the Lady Indians fell 4-0 to Florida Southwestern.
Three Lady Indians were named to the FCSAA All-Tournament Team: Infielder Ashley Morris; designated player Alexis Grampp; and pitcher Morgan Goree.
Four Chipola players made the All-State Team: First-team, outfielder Barbara Woll; at-large Alexis Grampp; and pitcher Krystal Goodman. Pitcher Morgan Goree was named All-State Second Team.
Chipola is ranked third in the NJCAA National Poll behind Butler and Salt Lake.
The Lady Indians (58-7) won the Panhandle Conference title with a 17-3 league record.