SANFORD, Florida - This is a great time of the year for Seminole State Athletics with the Raider Celebration coming up on Sunday, April 22, hosting the NJCAA Region 8 Softball Championships May 3-6 and so many meaningful games. It also posses a bit of a challenge. That challenge is enhance by the weather. Sunday looks like an afternoon "wash out." To avoid this weather, the Seminole State Softball team has moved up their Sunday games (vs. St.Johns River) to 10 a.m. start.
Both the Softball and Baseball teams are in action on Saturday with 1 p.m. starts. Raider Baseball, still pursuing the final playoff spot for the Mid Florida Conference, will host the Patriots of the College of Central Florida. SSC Softball will host Florida State College of Jacksonville. The Softball team has locked up the #2 seed in the MFC Playoffs and will host games on Friday, April 20th (time is TBD).
If the Raiders win this playoff game, they will advance to the FCSAA State/NJCAA Region 8 Softball Tournament. Seminole State is hosting this tournament at Boombah Soldiers Creek, May 3-6. Tickets can be purchased on-line at: https://www.athleticjunctionevents.com/seminole-state-raiders-softball
The #4 Raiders (43-10, 15-5 MFC) secured the #2 seed in the conference with a sweep of Daytona State (21-23, 7-13) on the road Thursday. With the wins, it guaranteed a home play-off game on Friday April 20th.
SSC got on the board first when Kelsi Smith drove home 2 runs on a double to rightcenter. But the Falcons, tied the game at 2-2 in their half on the inning on 3 singles and a defensive error, which allowed one unearned run. But that is all the Falcons would get, as the Raiders dominated the rest of the game offensively. In the top of the 4th, Aimee Oglesby led off with a solo homerun to center. Payton Germer and Ashe-Leigh Wells followed with back to back singles, and then Meghan Sexton hit her 10th home run on the season, extending the lead to 6-2. But the Raiders weren’t done with the long ball. Smith hit a 2 out solo shot to deep center to put the Raiders up 8-2. They added one more run in the top of the 7th when Chelsea Peace went long, her 19th on the season. Kyra Gipson picked up her 21st win on the season, as she scattered 11 hits, allowing 2 runs and striking out 6 in the complete game performance. Sexton drove in 4 runs and Smith 3 to lead the offense.
A stand-out pitching performance by Kiana East (12-3) shut down the Falcon offense and the 3 runs the Raiders scored in the top of the 4th was all they would need. East limited the Falcons to 4 hits and struck out 5. SSC scored the 3 runs after getting 2 quick outs to start the 4th. Kasey Trickey hit a 1-2 pitch for a double to start the rally. East then drove in the first run, when she ripped a single to leftfield, scoring Trickey. Kyra Gipson then followed with a double to deep rightcenter, scoring East all the way from first. Keri Allen drove in the final run on a single to left, and putting the team up 3-0. SSC outhit the Falcons 11-4 and left 9 runners on base in the contest. The offense was led by Smith (2-3), East (2-3, 2B, RBI) and Allen (2-3, RBI).
- Admission for regular season games is $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth (12 & Under). Season Tickets are $30. All can be purchased at the gate.
- 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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About the Seminole State Raiders:
The Raider Athletics Department of Seminole State College was established in 1965 and initially led by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Joe Sterling. Seminole State now sponsors five sports all competing in the NJCAA Division I. Both Baseball and Softball facilities are located on College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
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