Both 2019 NJCAA Region XIII A and Region XIIIB softball tournaments concluded today - Friday, May 17 - as play in St. Cloud and Brainerd featured the top teams left in the four-team events.
St. Cloud Technical & Community College outlasted Division rival Anoka-Ramsey Community College in a two-game final, as SCTCC defeated ARCC 6-5 and 10-6. Both Ridgewater College and M State-Fergus Falls were eliminated earlier in the tournament. Today's double-header was played on the heels of a tremendous Golden Ram comeback the day before, as Anoka-Ramsey rallied from being down 10-3 to defeating St. Cloud 11-10 to earn the trip to the championship round. Saturday did not hold the comeback magic for Anoka-Ramsey today, and SCTCC will extend their season by advancing to the 2019 NJCAA Softball Division III National Tournament held in Rochester, Minnesota May 23-25.
Central Lakes College hosted the Region XIIIB competition and advance to the championship round today in Brainerd. Needing two wins over NJCAA Division III independent Dakota-Bottineau, the Raiders delivered in the opening game with a 3-0 shutout. CLC was unable to repeat the feat in the nightcap, falling to DCB 5-1. Northland Community & Technical College and Itasca Community College were eliminated earlier in the tournament.
With the loss, Central Lakes finishes as the Region XIIIB runner-up, with the 'Jacks moving on to the 2019 NJCAA Softball Division III National Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.
For more on 2019 NJCAA Softball Division III National Tournament please go to: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/sball/2018-19/div3/national_championship/index
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