Simpson Softball Wins NCCAA World Series Championship
Softball - Fri, May 15, 2015
Simpson won the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) softball World Series championship in Roanoke, Va., rallying for a 6-4 victory over Oklahoma Christian University. The Red Hawks gained the national crown after falling to OCU, 4-2, earlier in the day.
Simpson, the second seed in the national tournament, swept through the competition, beating Cedarville 8-6 in the Red Hawks' opener, Lee 5-3 in the third round, and OCU in the semifinal. OCU earned another shot at Simpson in the final when the Eagles blanked Lee 5-0 behind a no-hitter by Shea Coats.
Cal Pac Pitcher of the Year Paris Hallums went the distance in both games on the final day, throwing a total of 13 innings on the day. The sophomore raised her season record to 20-9 and tossed a whopping 208 innings on the year.
Kaylana Mah, a sophomore First Team all-Cal Pac pick, led off the 5th inning with a solo homerun on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game at 4-4. She went 3-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. She also doubled in Simpson's final run of the contest, giving them a 6-4 cushion.
Freshman Anjelica Cisneros finished her freshman season with a bang, going 3-for-3 and driving in 3 runs, giving the Red Hawks a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, and putting them ahead for keeps at 5-4 in the 5th.
Simpson has won the Cal Pac championship for the last four seasons, and Cal Pac coach of the year Wayne Stower now has a national banner to hang as well. The Red Hawks finish their season 37-18.
The Red Hawks started the day in the driver's seat, needing just one win in the morning game to secure the title. Oklahoma Christian handed Simpson a 4-2 loss in a pitcher's duel between Hallums and the Eagles' Madison Nordyke. The first break through came in the 3rd inning when OCU plated a run, but the Red Hawks answered with two in the next frame when Courtney Thomas and Jessica Dager each drove in a run.
In the bottom of the 5th inning the Eagles regained the lead, scoring twice and then added another in the 6th inning to make seal the win. OCU's victory set up a sudden death championship game.
In the final game of the day, it was again Hallums on the mound for the Red Hawks. She got off to a rough start as the second batter of the game, Courtney Starr, hit a solo homer to give the Eagles the early advantage. The Red Hawks would waste no time answering back when Cisneros singled to left field scoring Aliesha Brown and Mah to grab a 2-1 lead after 1 inning.
In the top of the 2nd the Eagles scored another pair of runs when Jordan Chism blasted a two-run homer, and OCU scored again in the top half of the 3rd when a Haley Squier single gave the Eagles a 4-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the Red Hawks cut the deficit in half when Dager scored on a wild pitch, but they broke the game open in the 5th.
Mah opened the inning with a game-tying home run, and then Simpson got a lead would never surrender when Cisneros singled up the middle to score Missy Silveira and a 5-4 lead.
The Red Hawks added an insurance run in the 6th when Mah doubled home Brown, and all that was left was for Hallums to shut down the Eagles--which she did to secure her fourth win of the tournament. In the title game, she went seven innings, allowed seven hits, and fanned three.
In the 6th inning the Red Hawks would add an insurance run from a Mah RBI double scoring Brown. With the Eagles not able to answer the Red Hawks secured the National Title.
Paris Hallums was the winning pitcher securing her 4th win of the tournament pitching 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits striking out 3 batters.
Mah was an impressive 3-for4 in the game with two RBI and two runs while Cisneros went 3-for-3 with three RBI.