McDaniel to battle for CC title
WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Allentown, Pa., for the 2014 Centennial Conference (CC) softball championship tournament, to be held on Saturday and Sunday.
The third-seeded Green Terror (25-13, 11-5 CC) will take on second-seeded Haverford (24-9, 12-5 CC) in Saturday's first first-round game at 10 a.m. The second game of the double-elimination tournament features top-seeded Muhlenberg (23-11, 12-4 CC) and fourth-seeded Washington (Md.) (25-11, 11-5 CC), which will begin 30 minutes following the first game.
Saturday's action concludes with the losers of the first two games meeting in an elimination game followed by the winners from the day's first two games. The tournament concludes on Sunday with action beginning at 10 a.m. with an elimination game.
The tournament's champion will earn the CC's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on May 9. The NCAA field will be announced on Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m.
McDaniel is seeking its fourth CC championship in its ninth tournament appearance. The Green Terror has six CC titles overall, including winning the 2012 crown.
McDaniel split with the other three teams in the conference tournament. On Apr. 19, the Green Terror took game one from Haverford 3-2 in nine innings before falling 3-1 in 10 innings. On Apr. 5, McDaniel fell 1-0 to Muhlenberg in the opening game before rallying for a 4-2, eight-inning victory in game two. Last Saturday, the Green Terror took the opener at Washington (Md.) 5-1 before falling 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap.
Junior Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) leads all of Division III with 302 strikeouts entering the tournament. She has allowed just 133 hits and 71 walks in 213 innings of work this season.
Seven of the regulars in the Green Terror starting lineup are hitting better than .300 this season led by Rachel Sidney's (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) .386 average. She has team bests of 49 hits, 12 doubles, six triples and 34 runs scored. She also has 12 RBIs from the leadoff spot and has drawn 16 walks. Senior Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) is hitting .372 with 45 hits, including nine doubles, a triple and a home run. She leads the team with 33 RBIs and has scored 26 runs.