VERO BEACH, Fla. - The No. 4 Florida SouthWestern softball team, fresh off securing a second consecutive berth to the 2017 NJCAA National Tournament, defeated Chipola, 4-0, and won its first state softball championship on the final day of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Softball Tournament at Historic Dodgertown (Sunday, April 30).
With the wins, FSW, the 2017 NJCAA District G Champs and FCSAA State Champs, will head to the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship in St. George, Utah (May 17-20) with a 61-5 overall record and riding a 13-game winning streak.
The Buccaneers swept their way to the championship, going a perfect 5-0 over the weekend, outscoring opponents 34-4. The Buccaneers opened tournament play with a 9-0 win over Tallahassee Community College, then defeated Daytona State College (12-2), the College of Central Florida (5-2) and Seminole State College (4-0) to lock up the District G Championship and a berth to nationals - and earn a spot in the state championship game.
Chipola fell into the loser's bracket after splitting two games on Friday, but the Indians went 3-0 on Saturday to move into Sunday's final round of play. On Championship Sunday, Chipola defeated Central Florida (4-2) and Seminole State (6-2) to earn the District H Championship, a berth to St. George and a spot in the state title game against FSW.
Freshman Giovanna Watts got the start and pitched a complete-game shutout against the No. 3 team in the country. Watts gave up just five hits and one walk on the afternoon. Riley Russell went 1-for-1 with a run scored, Criza Bulanadi and Molly Roark both went 1-for-2 and Christian Quinn and Mikayla Werahiko finished 1-for-3.
Quinn was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after hitting over .600 for the tournament. Four Buccaneer teammates joined her on the all-tournament team, as Molly Roark, Courtney Gettins, Mikayla Werahiko and Mikenzie Vaughn each earned a spot on the squad.
Also named to the all-tournament team were: Tori Robinson (Northwest Florida State College), Ashley Morris (Chipola College), Caeley Nix (College of Central Florida), Michalyn Bingham (Indian River State College), Jordan Davis (Seminole State College), Riley Gore (Daytona State College), Morgan Goree (Chipola College), Kyra Gipson (Seminole State College), Jenna Rodelo (College of Central Florida) and Alexis Grampp (Chipola College).
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The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball), with Volleyball coming in the fall of 2017.
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers will be the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW's men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams will compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America's two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA's rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8, THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE & THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.
The women's basketball program is Southern Conference with Broward College, Eastern Florida State College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College.
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.