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WHITTIER, Calif. - Chapman University, Claremont–Mudd-Scripps Colleges, and Whittier College join tournament host University of La Verne at the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball tournament starting Friday in La Verne, Calif.
Produced by TeleVision Sports America with video courtesy of ULV Athletics, every game will be televised live, worldwide and online by the SCIAC Championship Network. Fans can watch free of charge at portal.stretchinternet.com/sciac. Veteran sportscaster David Smock calls the action from Campus West softball stadium.
Friday's first round features the No. 4 seed Chapman Panthers facing the No. 1 seed and SCIAC regular season champion University of La Verne Leopards at 2:00pm. The nightcap has the No. 3 seed Whittier Poets meeting the No. 2 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas at 4:00pm or about 30 minutes after the first game ends.
A triple-header with two elimination games begins at 11:00am, Saturday, May 6 with the championship game slated for 12:00pm Sunday, May 7. If a Game 7 is needed, that contest will begin 30 minutes after Game 6.
12 & Under - Free
General Admission - $10.00
Seniors and Military - $5.00
2017 SCIAC Softball Tournament Schedule
Friday – May 5
Game 1 – 2:00 p.m. No. 4 seed Chapman University at No. 1 seed La Verne
Game 2 – 4:00 p.m. No. 3 seed Whittier College vs. No. 2 seed Claremont-M-S
Saturday – May 6
Game 3 – 11:00 a.m. Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (Loser of Game 3 is eliminated)
Game 4 – 1:30 p.m. Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 5 – 4:00 p.m. Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 (If Game 3 winner loses, eliminated)
Sunday – May 7
Game 6 – 12:00 p.m. – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
Game 7 – If necessary, 30 minutes after the completion of Game 6
About Chapman University (No. 4 Seed - 20-18 overall, 14-14 conference)
The Panthers are led at the plate by Michaela Foisy whose .373. batting average was the fourth best in the SCIAC this season. When she reached first base, her speed was good enough to swipe 29 stolen bases; which were second in the conference. Samantha Tong (.355, 8th highest batting average) and Sarah Sumida (.342, 11th best) were the other big bats for Chapman. Sumida led the conference in sacrifice hits with 12
About Claremont-M-S (No. 2 seed – 20-18 overall, 18-10 conference)
All you really need to know about pitching for CMS is the name Anna Gurr. She finished first for the year in four different categories: ERA 0.63, wins 14, strikeouts 120, and saves 5.
Pacing the Athenas at the plate is outfielder Ande Troutman with a .373 batting average (tied for fourth best in the SCIAC). Troutman's 19 RBIs is a team best and tied for ninth among the league leaders. Her 10 stolen bases (caught once) tied for 8th in the conference.
Hitting the ball out of the ballpark doesn't happen very often. The big slugger is Chloe Amarilla (Claremont High School) with two home runs to lead the team and tied for 16th in the SCIAC.
About the University of La Verne (No. 1 seed – 27-11 overall, 20-8 conference)
As Anna Gurr dominates in the circle for CMS, Alexis Schiff (Wilson High School/Long Beach) does so at the plate for the Leopards. Her .393 batting average and 14 home runs led the conference. She was tops in the SCIAC with a .507 on base percentage. Her 35 runs batted in were tied for the top of the category.
Carly Condon (Santa Monica High School/Santa Monica) stole 14 bases (caught twice) for fourth best on the base paths.
In the circle, Hayley Jaquess (Citrus Valley High School /Highland) led the pitching staff with a 10-5 record. Her 10 wins were the fourth most in the conference as was her 2.16 ERA (actually, tied for first in that category.) She has two saves this season, second best on the ULV team.
Katheryn Navarro (Loara High School /Anaheim) is the save leader with three this year. Rounding out the staff is Elisa Ponce (Temple City High School/Temple City) with 78 strike outs, third best in the SCIAC.
About Whittier College (No. 3 seed – 20-20 overall, 16-12 conference)
Shortstop Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) is always a threat at bat for the Poets with seven home runs (third in the SCIAC) and 35 runs batted in (tied for the conference lead). She was hit 14 times by a pitch this season which paced the league.
Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) is the other threat at the plate. Her .341 batting average was the best of the team (12th in the conference.) While she had the second most home runs on the team with six, that mark and her 29 runs batted in were both good for ties in fourth place in the conference.
Pitcher Annika Seedborg (Hawaiian Garden, Calif.) has an 8-9 record and a 3.58 ERA.