Play Ball! Triceratops to Take Swing at National Title
Tri-C opens tournament May 22 against last year’s NJCAA Division II runner-up
To be the best, you have to beat the best.
The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) softball team opens the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament this week against Phoenix College — a powerhouse that played in the 2018 championship game.
Phoenix enters the 16-team tournament as the #3 seed with a record of 48-7. Tri-C is seeded 14th in the bracket after a 36-11 season.
The teams play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Traceway Park in Clinton, Mississippi.
Tri-C faced three teams this season — Hagerstown, Madison and Sinclair — that won district tournaments to advance to nationals. The Triceratops went 5-2 against the tournament qualifiers.
This is the third time Tri-C has qualified for nationals. The team also played for the title in 2004 and 2013.
Tri-C features a deep roster led by shortstop Daniele Rivera, recently named 2019 Player of the Year by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, and pitcher Lyndsey Baglia, the district tournament MVP.
Catcher Megan Mulhan and third baseman Lexi Rehm joined Rivera on the NJCAA All-Region XII team. Baglia, Mulhan, Rehm and Rivera earned all-conference honors.
May 20, 2019
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