Chattanooga State Softball Team Finishes Third In National Tournament

Monday, May 19, 2014

After finishing third in the Region VII tournament in 2013, the Lady Tigers were hungry for more and got close enough to taste it before falling to the team that beat them not once, but twice – Central Florida, dashing any chance of bringing home the tournament title. The Lady Tigers took third place in the 2014 National NJCAA Division I Softball Tournament during play at St. George, Utah.

Two ChattState players were honored at the tournament.

Sophomore 3rd baseman Khadija Neely from Roanoke, AL was awarded Defensive Player of the Tournament and freshman outfielder Courtney Crawford from Ft. Oglethorpe, GA was awarded All Tournament.

Fighting their way to the top began with a 10-1 victory over 13th seed Darton State on May 14. Next, they defeated 12th seed North Central Texas 11-4 on May 15 before falling to 8th seed Central Florida 4-2 on May 16. Now in the losers bracket, the Lady Tigers still had a chance at the title and hung on through a 2-0 win against 6th seed Odessa and a 10-3 win against 7th seed Southern Union State before the final fall to nemesis Central Florida 6-3 on May 17, the final day of the tournament. In the end, Central Florida fell to first-time tournament winners Angelina College of Lufkin, Texas.

Chattanooga State Community College softball has a long illustrious history of success. Blythe Golden, head coach, Amanda Brooke Lindsey and Caitlin Ortiz, assistant coaches, coach the Lady Tigers Softball team. Kim Smith serves as athletic director and Dr. James L. Catanzaro is president. For more information about ChattState softball, visit www.chattanoogastate.edu


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