The Pacific Lutheran softball team swept its four games at its regional tournament in Tyler, Texas on May 11-14, earning a trip to the Division III Softball World Series and setting a school record for wins in a season in the process.
The Lutes began with a dominant 8-0 win over Huntingdon in five innings on May 11, as starter Stacey Hagensen threw a complete game one-hitter, with no walks and six strikeouts. Kaaren Hatlen hit a two-run homer in the second and was 2-for-2 with three runs batted in, and Glenelle Nitta’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth enforced the eight-run rule.
The Lutes edged Redlands 2-1 on May 12 on Amanda Hall’s walk-off single to score Montessa Califano in the bottom of the eighth. Redlands took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh of Hagensen, but Katie Lowery singled and came around to score on an error in the bottom of the inning to send it to extra innings.
The Lutes notched a 5-1 win over Claremont-Mudd Scripps on May 13, with Hagensen leading the way on the mound again, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on three hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. Hall was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and the Lutes put the game away with three runs in the seventh.
Hagensen finished her dominant weekend – in which she was named tournament MVP – by pitching seven shutout innings in a 4-0 win over Texas-Tyler, allowing four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Hall, Nitta and Amanda Goings all collected RBIs at the plate.
The wins pushed the Lutes’ record to 41-11, surpassing the mark for wins in a season set by the 1990 team, which was 40-8.
PLU will open their College World Series play against Luther (Iowa), the Pella Tournament winner, on May 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.
Local former professional bowler Jeanne Naccarato broke the record in the All Events Scratch category at the WSUSBC Women’s State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on May 6.
Naccarato had a score of 2,231 total in the team, doubles and singles events to sit in first place. In the team event, Naccarato had a score of 793 over three rounds, including a 300 in the third – the 28th time she has shot a 300.
“In my team event I threw 21 strikes in a row,” said Naccarato, 55, wife of local sports legend Stan Naccarato.
Jeanne Naccarato, 55, has been bowling for 49 years, including 23 years professionally on the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour. She recently made the Women’s All Star Team for the South Sound Bowling Club, which was set to host Seattle in All-Star clashes on May 17 at Tower Lanes. The WSUSBC Women’s State Tournament was set to conclude on May 20 in Coeur d’Alene.
The Puget Sound women’s crew team earned a selection to the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships for a 10th consecutive year on May 14. The Loggers varsity eight boat received an at-large bid into the regatta for the second straight year.
The NCAA Division III Rowing Championships consist of only varsity eight boats with six team bids and two at-large boats. Since the Loggers received an at-large bid, they will only be sending one boat to the NCAA Championships.
The NCAA Division III Rowing Championships will take place May 25-26 on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. The Division I and Division II Championships will also be held on Lake Mercer May 25-27.
Tacoma Community College’s baseball team was swept by first-place Pierce College on May 11-12, dropping the Titans to third in the regional standings.
The Titans fell 5-2 in 11 innings in the opener on May 11, as Matt Bell allowed two unearned runs in seven innings but the Raiders scored three runs in the 11th off reliever Ross Skoubo.
The Raiders used late magic again in game two, scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth to take a 4-3 win over TCC. Garrett DeGallier’s solo homer in the fifth put the Titans up 3-2, but Josh Potter walked in the eighth to score Jacob Phillips, handing the win to Pierce.
The Raiders jumped on starter Garrett Picha in a 7-1 win in the opener on May 12, scoring single runs in every inning but the first. The Titans were held to just five hits, while Potter and D.J. Gee had three hits for Pierce, and Phillips was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Pierce finished off the sweep with a 6-0 win in the finale, as three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout. Des Santos was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Pierce, while Seth Heck and Marcus Hinkle collected the only hits for the Titans.
TCC now travels to second-place Lower Columbia in the West Region Playoff on May 19-20, with the winner getting the region’s second seed to the NWAACC Championships. The teams play a doubleheader on May 19 at 1 p.m. and a single game on May 20 at 1 p.m.
Following the 12-4 win over Emerald Ridge in their district opener, Stadium was eliminated from the 4A baseball playoffs with a 7-2 loss to Skyview on May 9, as the Tigers fell a win short of the state playoffs.
In the 1A Tri-District tournament, Charles Wright advanced to state as the second seed after beating Overlake 8-6 on May 9 and winning 2-0 over Meridian on May 12 before falling 1-0 to defending state champion Chimacum in the district finals later in the day. The Terriers will travel to take on Hoquiam in the first round of state at Castle Rock High School on May 19 at 1 p.m.
Tacoma Baptist, meanwhile, was eliminated in the 2B Bi-District playoffs after an 8-7 loss to Concrete in the semifinals and a 7-2 loss to La Conner on May 12 in a battle for the third seed to state.