DePauw (31-12) captured its third-straight and fifth overall North Coast Athletic Conference softball tournament championship after defeating Denison (22-14), 6-5 (8 inn.), in game 6 of the 2019 NCAC Softball Tournament on Sunday in Greencastle, Indiana.
In game 6, three DePauw Tigers recorded two hits in the one-run extra-inning victory including Kate Geary (Geneva, IL/Geneva), Grace Smith (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) and Sidney Holler (Overland Park, KS/Shawnee Mission South). Smith scored three runs in the game, while Geary added one run and one RBI and Holler recorded one RBI. Julia Bork (Park Ridge, IL/Maine Township South), Riley Magoon (Colchester, VT/Colchester) and Cami Henry (Camby, IN/Mooresville) split time on the mound for DePauw. Henry posted the win after entering the game in the top of the eighth to record a one-two-three inning. With the victory, the Tigers have earned the league's automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament.
In game 5 of the tournament, Denison posted a 5-2 victory over Wooster to earn the right to play in the title game. Laura Bagan (Winnetka, IL/New Trier), Brennah Dutcher (Alexandria, KY/Highlands) and Lindsey Clemson (Canton, OH/Jackson) all recorded two hits in the win over the Fighting Scots. Colleen Hoffman (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius College Prep) and Taryn Welch (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) split time on the mound. Hoffman scattered five hits in 4.1 innings of work, while Welch went 2.2 innings allowing just three hits and striking out two.
Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of the NCAC Tournament, joining Tiger teammates Henry, Abey Bass (Shelbyville, IN/Shelbyville) and Meghan Gonzalez (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) on the All-Tournament team. Four Denison players were named to the All-Tournament team as well, including Clemson, Dutcher, Hoffman and Welch. Also, named to the All-Tournament team were Wooster’s Kendall Lloyd (Apple Creek, OH/Waynedale), Gabby Lakes (Evansville, IN/Castle) and Marina Roski (Diamond Bar, CA/Diamond Ranch) and Kenyon’s Grace Finn (Escondido, CA/Escondido).
2019 NCAC Softball Tournament
|DePauw Tournament Site|
|Friday, May 3||Sunday, May 5|
|Game 1: #3 Denison 4, #2 Wooster 3 (9 inn.) - Box Score||Game 5: #3 Denison 5, #2 Wooster 2 - Box Score|
|Game 2: #1 DePauw 6, #4 Kenyon 0 - Box Score||Game 6: #1 DePauw 6, #3 Denison 5 (8 inn.) - Box Score|
|Game 3: #1 DePauw 1, #3 Denison 0 - Box Score|
|Game 4: #2 Wooster 8, #4 Kenyon 3 - Box Score|
|Tickets -- Directions -- Bracket -- Tournament Stats -- Merchandise -- History|
After four complete games of the 2019 NCAC Softball Tournament, top-seeded DePauw has earned the right to play in the title game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Second-seeded Wooster and third-seeded Denison will meet up in the elimination game at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning for the opportunity to play the Tigers in the 2019 NCAC title game. The NCAC tournament champion will earn an automatic berth into the upcoming 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship.
To start the day, the Big Red captured a 4-3 nine-inning victory over the Fighting Scots in Game 1, while DePauw defeated Kenyon, 6-0, in Game 2. The Tigers went on to claim a 1-0 win over Denison in Game 3 and Wooster earned an 8-3 win over Kenyon in the final game of the day to eliminate the Ladies from the tournament.
Denison was the first to score in Game 1, putting two runs on the board in the top of the second inning. After four scoreless innings, Wooster was able to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, forcing extra innings. The two teams would trade runs in the eighth before the Big Red were able to go up 4-3 in the ninth and record a one-two-three bottom of the inning to claim the win.
The Big Red were led by Brennah Dutcher (Alexandria, KY/Highlands) who went 2-for-3 with one double, one run scored and one walk, while Lindsey Clemson (Canton, OH/Jackson) was clutch for Denison, hitting a homerun in the top of the ninth to put her team ahead. Wooster was led offensively by Kendall Lloyd (Apple Creek, OH/Waynedale) and Heidi Likins (St. Clair, MI/St. Clair) who each went 2-for-4 in the game.
On the mound, Taryn Welch (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) went seven innings for the Big Red, scattering six hits, while Colleen Hoffman (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius College Prep) earned the win after throwing two innings and giving up just two hits. Olivia Johnson (Thornville, OH/Sheridan) took the loss for the Fighting Scots pitching the complete game and striking out seven batters.
Game 2 saw DePauw start its scoring with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Tigers would add another run in the third, two in the fifth, and one final run in the sixth to earn the six-run victory.
DePauw was led offensively by Abey Bass (Shelbyville, IN/Shelbyville) and Meghan Gonzalez (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) who each went 2-for-3 and scored one run in the game. Bass also added an RBI, while Kate Geary (Geneva, IL/Geneva) scored two runs and Becca St. Germain (Plainfield, IL/Plainfield South) scored one run and posted one RBI. Kenyon's Sara Campagna (Saint Charles, IL/Saint Charles East), Britny Patterson (Corona, CA/Centennial) and Emily Pater (Northbrook, IL/The Willows Academy) each recorded one hit in the game.
Riley Magoon (Colchester, VT/Colchester) threw five innings to earn the win, giving up just one hit and striking out four. Devin Pieper (Lansing, IL/Thornton Fractional South) threw the final two innings for the Tigers, giving up two hits and striking out one batter. Pater took the loss for the Ladies, allowing no walks, striking out two and scattering 11 hits.
Defense was solid for both squads in Game 3, as each team posted just four hits. One run was all that top-seeded DePauw would need to give third-seeded Denison its first loss of the tournament, as the Tigers used two singles, a sacrifice bunt and a ground-out RBI to get the winning run across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Tigers had four different players record a hit in the game, including Bass, Kaylyn Linder (Indianapolis, IN/Scecina Memorial), Mac Jones (New Palestine, IN/New Palestine) and Alyssa Nowak (Bartlett, IL/Bartlett), while Clemson went 2-for-3 for the Big Red. Hoffman and Emilie Fisher (Oregonia, OH/Clinton-Massie) posted the other two hits for Denison.
Pitching was strong on both sides, as neither hurler allowed a batter to reach base on four balls. Cami Henry (Camby, IN/Mooresville) earned her 16th win on the season after posting five strikeouts for the victors. Hoffman took the loss in the circle for the Big Red, striking out one batter.
In the final game of the day, Wooster and Kenyon traded three runs through three innings. The Fighting Scots were then able to hold the Ladies scoreless while putting ups runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to pull away with the 8-3 victory and eliminate Kenyon from the 2019 tournament.
Wooster saw four athletes tally two or more hits including Lloyd, Emmalee Cooke (Wakeman, OH/Western Reserve) and Marina Roski (Diamond Bar, CA/Diamond Ranch) who all recorded three hits and Gabby Lakes (Evansville, IN/Castle) who had two hits and two RBI. Kenyon's Grace Finn (Escondido, CA/Escondido) went 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while Patterson and Pilz posted one hit and one RBI each. Campagna also recorded one hit, one run and one RBI for the Ladies.
Johnson and Marissa Norgrove (Huber Hts., OH/Wayne) split time on the mound for the Fighting Scots. Norgrove earned the win after scattering five hits and striking out two in five innings of work. Pater and Keely Sweet (Glencoe, MO/Westminster Christian) threw for the Ladies with Pater taking the loss.
The 2019 NCAC Softball Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. The Tigers earned the right to host the two-day event after winning the NCAC regular season championship.
The double-elimination tournament continues on Friday afternoon with the winners of the days' first two games squaring off for a slot in the championship round at 3:00 p.m., while the losers of the opening-round games will meet on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in an elimination game, with the winner moving on to face the loser of Friday's third game at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning to determine the final slot in the championship round. Saturday's championship round will be played at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (if necessary).
Since the inception of the NCAC Softball Tournament in the 2001 season, Denison has claimed six tournament titles (2001-02, '06, '08, '10, '12). Allegheny (2004-05, '07, '13) and DePauw (2014, '15, '17, '18) have four tournament titles each, while Hiram (2009, '11) and Wittenberg (2003, '16) have each claimed two tournament titles.