ST. GEORGE, Utah (May 14, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College's
softball team has another daunting task staring them in the face.
The No. 3 seed Eagles dropped a 1-0 decision to 14-seed San
Jacinto (Texas) College-South on Wednesday evening in opening round play at the
NJCAA Division I Softball National Championship.
Tallahassee falls into the loser's bracket and will play 11-seed
Seminole (Okla.) State College at 4:30 p.m. eastern Thursday in an elimination
Two weeks ago, the Eagles won six straight elimination games to
capture the NJCAA Region 8B/FCSAA Gulf District championship. It'll take eight
straight victories for Tallahassee to come home with a national championship.
Down to its final three outs, Tallahassee appeared poised to
deliver some of its patented late-inning magic. Singles by Brenda Santana,
Brianna Murillo and Karley Yeager loaded the bases with nobody out, but the
Eagles couldn't get the ball out of the infield again. A fielder's choice
retired pinch runner Dominique Davis at the plate on a bang-bang play for the
second out of the inning, and that was as close as Tallahassee got to tying the
Both teams had opportunities in their first at-bat, but only San
After the Coyotes put their first two runners on, Tallahassee's
Ashley Dobson recorded back-to-back strikeouts. But San Jacinto began to put
its runners in motion and eventually took advantage of an errant throw by
Murillo to plate a run and grab a 1-0 lead.
Tallahassee put its first two runners on in the bottom half but
the rally fizzled with a pop up to second and a 4-6-3 double play to end the
The Eagles had another scoring opportunity in the sixth when
Ashely Heath-Smith doubled off the right field wall with one out, but
consecutive fly outs ended the inning.
Dobson took the tough-luck
loss for Tallahassee.