LCC softballers second in regional
The LCC Stars softball team narrowly missed a berth in the national tournament, placing second in the Region XII District G Tournament in East Lansing May 7 through 9.
The Stars played all of their regional games this year at the East Lansing Aquatic Center. Their first game was on May 7 against Sinclair Community College from Ohio.
The Stars beat Sinclair 5-3, with Hannah Knight and Elizabeth Vincent getting two hits each. Alina Harrington was the winning pitcher.
The same day, the Stars played Owen Community College, also from Ohio. The Stars won the game 12-9. Knight got three hits, Jessica Wood had three RBIs and Jessica Beaubien was the winning pitcher.
The next day, the Stars were pitted against Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and won the game 6-4. Cheyenne Wallace got three hits, and Beaubien was the winning pitcher for the second game in a row. This victory left the Stars with a 3-0 record for the regionals.
On May 9, Kalamazoo Valley came out of the losers’ bracket for a rematch against the Stars. KVCC would have to beat the Stars twice that day in order to move on to the national tournament. The Stars lost the first game 2-1, with Emilie Pritzer and Emily Wison getting one hit each.
“Our bats were not hot that game,” LCC Head Coach Marc Kibby said. “We left runners on second and third base with one out and failed to get a run in. At one point, we had bases loaded with no outs and still didn’t get a run in.”
Later that day, the Stars played Kalamazoo Valley for a second time and lost 8-5. This defeat knocked the Stars out of the nationals. Kalamazoo Valley traveled to Mississippi to continue the tournament.
The Stars finished their season with a record of 14-2 in their league and 30-16 overall. They took second in their Michigan Community College Athletic Association, as well as in the regional.
Kibby said his team’s biggest upgrade this year was an important one.
“Our improvement wasn’t on offense or defense, but learning how to be a team,” Kibby said. “By halfway through the season, we had become the team that got us to where we’re at.”
“We all knew what the other was thinking,” Harrington said. “We just had great connections with each other, which is why I think we were so successful.”
While the team met a lot of the goals it had hoped to this season, Kibby said he had mixed feelings.