ST GEORGE, UTAH – Wallace State softball’s offense has the Lady Lions on the verge of the program’s second national championship in six seasons. Eighth-seeded Wallace State pounded out 13 more hits and cruised an 8-1 victory over Salt Lake (Utah) CC Friday night at the NJCAA Division I national championship tournament at the Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah, sending Wallace State to Saturday’s title game.
The Lady Lions (54-11) are a win away from securing the national title after earning a pair of wins against second-seeded Salt Lake and fifth-seeded Pima (Ariz.) CC on Friday.
Wallace State, which has scored eight runs in each of its last three victories, plays either Salt Lake or Pima in Saturday’s championship at 1 p.m. Central and must lose twice in order to be denied the title.
Against Salt Lake, Wallace State’s offense once again put together multiple big innings. The Lady Lions batted around in the fourth, scoring three times to extend their lead to 4-0. Katie Gentle scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the inning, and Madeline Lee and Kreshala Mickens added back-to-back RBI singles.
Maria Mitchell’s three-run homer in the sixth broke the game open for Wallace State.
Lee, Mickens and Brittany Gillison each had three hits against Salt Lake. Paige Rowland put Wallace State on the board with a solo homer in the second.
Meanwhile, Salt Lake couldn’t solve Wallace State starter Lindsey DeFee (25-5). She went the distance and allowed one run on four hits, striking out six and walking four.
Wallace State knocked out Salt Lake starter Flint MaCauley after four innings. She allowed four runs on six hits.
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