SANFORD, Florida - Within the next seven days, Seminole State Athletics will have the opportunity to capitalize on solid regular seasons by each of the three teams. This is the time of year every coach and fan hopes for, playing meaningful games late in the season.
The Women's Golf Team will play in the NJCAA Region 8 Tournament in Daytona on Friday and Saturday. The team will look to qualify for the National Trounament in May being held in Mesa, Arizona.
The Baseball Team will need to win four of the last five games to secure the fourth playoff spot in the Mid Florida Conference (MFC). Four of the five games are against teams vying for the fourth spot, one against powerhouse Santa Fe. The Jack will be the site for games at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.
Friday will also be a tense day for the Softball Team. Coach Miller's crew will host one (or two) game(s) vs. the winner of the #3 (Daytona State) vs. #4 (Lake Sumter) beginning at 1 p.m. The Raiders must first travel to the winner of the #3/#4 game on Thursday for one game.
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SUNDAY SOFTBALL RESULTS
The #4 Raiders (47-10, 19-5 MFC) swept St. Johns River State College (27-26, 5-19) in their last conference games of the regular season 4-0 and 10-2 (6 innings) on Sunday at Raider Field. The offense pounded out 20 hits in the two games, and it was highlighted by 3 homeruns by Chelsea Peace. On the day, Peace tied the school record for RBI’s (65 held by Kalee Tabor) and broke the total base record of 153 which was set by Kristi Hoeffer in 2012. She now has 161 total bases on the season.
Kyra Gipson and Gabi LoPresti combined to shut-out the Vikings on 3 hits. Gipson got the win and is 23-5 on the season. She threw 6 scoreless innings, allowing the 3 hits. LoPresti faced the minimum three batters in the 7th, striking out one.
The Raiders got on the board in the first. Ash-Leigh Wells got on with an infield single and Peace crushed her first homerun of the day to put the Raiders up 2-0. She added another solo shot in the 4rd inning, making the score 3-0. The final run came in the bottom of the 5th. Meghan Sexton hit a single and stole second. After a walk to Peace, Kelsi Smith ripped a double to rightcenter, scoring Sexton.
The second game was all Raiders, as they had 10 runs on 13 hits in the 6 inning contest. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead in their first at bat. Meghan Sexton led off the game with a solo homerun and after singles by Kasey Trickey and Kelsi Smith along with a walk to Chelsea Peace loaded the bases, Haley Hinz drove in the second run with a single to left. With the bases still loaded, Kiana East ripped a double to left center, clearing the bases and putting the team up 5-0. The Vikings got one run back in the top of the second. After a lead-off double, they scored on a sacrifice fly cutting the lead to 5-1. But the Raiders answered back in their half of the inning, when Peace hit her 3rd homerun of the day, a 2 run line drive over the centerfield fence. SJRSC cut the lead to 7-2 in the top of the 6th. A lead-off walk scored on a double to rightfield with 1 out, but pitcher Tatiana Rodriguez got an infield groundout and pop-up to end the threat. SSC finally put the Vikings away in the bottom of the 6th. Breanna LaClair led off with a single to right and was followed by another single by Keri Allen. After Gabby Ekberg loaded the bases on a fielders choice, where all runners were safe, Trickey ripped a double to center, plating all 3 runs and ending the game by mercy rule 10-2.
Rodriguez (4-1) went the distance on the mound, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 2.
SATURDAY SOFTBALL RESULTS
The #4 Raiders swept Florida State College of Jacksonville on Saturday 4-3 (8 innings) and 5-2.
The first game was won in dramatic fashion as the Raiders found themselves down 3-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning, tied it up and won on a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 8th. SSC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd. Kasey Trickey hit a 1 out double and scored on Payton Germer’s single to left. FSCJ tied it up the next inning on a 2 out solo homerun. They took the lead 2-1 on another solo shot in the top of the 4th, and added another run when they hit their 3rd homerun of the game in the top of the 7th. With 1 out, Ash-Leigh Wells hit a single to shortstop, bringing Chelsea Peace to the plate. Peace drove an 0-2 pitch to deep left, tying the game at 3-3. The Blue Wave went 3 up and down in the top of the 8th. After a flyout, Germer stepped up to the plate and smashed a sot over the leftcenter fence for the 4-3 walk-off victory. Germer led the offense, going 2-4 with 2 RBI’s. Trickey (2-4 2 2B’s), Wells (3-4) and Peace ( 2-3, 2 RBI’s) had multiple hits in the game. Kyra Gipson went the distance and ran her record to 22-5. She allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 5.
In the second game the Raiders plated 2 runs in the bottom of the second. Kasey Trickey and Haley Hinz hit back to back singles with one out. Kiana East put down a sacrifice bunt, but it was misplayed by the defense, allowing Trickey to score. Payton Germer singled to left, scoring Hinz. The Raiders could have done more damage as they left bases loaded. The increased the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the 4th, thanks to 3 defensive errors by FSCJ. Germer and Keri Allen both reached on errors and scored on another error by FSCJ. Tatiana Rodriguez pinch-hit a solo homerun to deep leftcenter to make the score 5-0. The Blue Wave scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th, when a runner reached on an error and was followed by a homerun, but that was all they could rally. Kiana East (13-3) picked up the win. She gave up 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 3. Rodriguez (HR) and Bree LeClair (2B) each had an extra base hit for the Raiders.
SATURDAY BASEBALL RESULTS
In advance of the Raiders facing three other teams vying for a MFC playoff spot and with a few injured players, SSC was defeated 10-0 by the College of Central Florida.
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- The 2017 Softball team finished 53-11 and Champions of the Mid-Florida Conference
- Seminole State will serve as host of the NJCAA Region 8 Softball Tournament, May 3-6, 2018
- The 2017 Baseball team finished 25-25, its best record since 2013
- The 2017 Women's Golf team finished 2nd at the NJCAA Championships in Duluth, GA
- Seminole State Golf has finished in the top 3 in the Nation for the last 6 years
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