Not only did Warner University capture the 2017 regular season title, but on Saturday, they were crowned the 2017 Sun Conference Tournament Champions! With the win, Warner University now advances to regional play with an opportunity to earn a bid to the NAIA World Series which will be held right here at Legends Way Ballfields!
Below is the game breakdown found on Warner University Softball website.
CLERMONT, Fla.- The Fire and Royals squared off Saturday afternoon in the softball Sun Conference tournament championship game. The Fire arrived via three wins on Friday, following an opening game loss, to advance while the Royals used a pair of walk off wins to earn their championship bid. The pitching matchup on the day pitted Southeastern’s Lindsie Scholwinski up against Warner’s Chelsea Valentine. There were only four base runners in the first three and a half innings of play combined from both teams. The Royals would strike first in the bottom of the fourth when Chantal Crockett singled to shortstop and then advanced to second on a throwing error. Jessica Adams would lay down a sacrifice bunt then Sara Bruno would deliver with a single to left center for to score the first run of the game. The Fire would threaten in the sixth with two runners on base, but Valentine would get a fielders choice and a ground ball back to her to end the inning and the threat. In the bottom of the sixth, the Royals would break the game wide open when Megan Hammett would come to bat with the bases loaded and drive a bases clearing triple down the right field line to put the Royals up 4-0. Valentine would then shut the door on the Fire in the seventh as she would pitch a perfect inning to seal the Sun Conference tournament championship for the Royals. Valentine finished with the complete game, three hit, shutout for the win on the mound. Bruno went 2-3 with a RBI and run scored while Hammett finished 1-3 with 3 RBI’s.
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