To say the Muskegon Community College softball team is peaking at the right time is an understatement.
The Jayhawks, who impressed everyone by winning their conference championship with two tournament wins on Saturday, continued their hot streak with a pair of victories in their first two games of the Region 12 Division I postseason tournament in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday.
The Jayhawks defeated Ancilla College 5-3 and Owens Community College 11-3.
They now advance to the winner’s bracket championship game of the regional tournament at noon on Thursday against Lansing Community College.
If they win they will play the champion of the loser’s bracket Friday at 10 a.m. A victory in that game would make them regional champions and earn them a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 World Series. If they lose, they will play the loser’s bracket champion again on Friday at noon. The winner of that game would advance to the World Series.
A bit confusing? Just keep following the Jayhawks, because they’re definitely headed in the right direction.
“We’re playing really well,” said MCC Coach Ryan Schalk, whose team improved to 40-12 on the season. “Everybody is contributing and we’re in a pretty good place.
“I think definitely this is the best we’ve played consistently for a good stretch all year. We went through a little rough period, but we’re putting it all together now, one through nine in the lineup.”
The Jayhawks defeated Ancilla on the strength of three home runs, by Lindsey Helsen, Morgan Giddings and Dani Oracz. Helsen finished with two hits and three RBIs.
Morgan Engelsman pitched a complete-game victory, scattering six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
MCC pulled away from Owens in the with a seven-run fifth inning, which was sparked by a two-run single by Carrie Mesman, a three-run homer by Bri Mairose and a two-run single by Helsen.
Morgan Giddings finished with four singles for MCC. Engelsman again pitched the victory, giving up four hits and no walks in four innings.