Immediate Release –SportsSinclair Softball District Runners Up
DAYTON, Ohio- In just its third year back after a 20 year hiatus, the Sinclair Softball team has thundered back with much success.
Sinclair finished the regular season 7-5 in the OCCAC and 33-10 heading into the NJCAA District G Tournament in East Lansing, MI. After spending a number of weeks Nationally Ranked, the Pride opened the double elimination tournament as the #6 seed and having to face the home team Lansing.
Knocking off Lansing 6-1 and advancing to the second round, the Pride was faced with immediately playing #18 ranked Kellogg for a spot in the Semi-Finals. The game was scoreless until Sinclair scored 2 in the bottom of the 5th and added an insurance run in the 6th. Down three runs heading into the final inning, Kellogg could only manage 2 runs in the top of the seventh and Sinclair pulled out another close game to advance.
Coming off an emotional first day with two wins, Sinclair was now facing OCCAC rival and 2015 Conference Champs – Owens. The day did not start off well for Sinclair as they gave up 8 runs in the first inning and could never recover. That lose forced Sinclair to play an elimination game that night against Kalamazoo Valley. After getting roughed up by Owens in the first game of the day 12-1, Sinclair put the hurt on Kalamazoo Valley 9-1 to get a second chance Owens.
If Sinclair was going to advance to the NJCAA Division II Softball World Series, they would have to beat Owens in back to back games on Friday. Once again Owens proved too much as the Pride gave up early runs and fell behind. In the end, Sinclair battled hard but couldn't find that magical key to beating Owens and lost 11-1 to finish as District G Runners Up.
The ladies finished with an overall record of 36-12 and one team away from playing in the College World Series. Congratulations to Coach Beachler, his staff and they ladies of the Sinclair Softball team for achieving such heights in just three seasons.