Central gains 24th NCAA softball berth

Heidi Reburn and the Dutch won the conference softball tourney.

The Central softball team pulled off two walk-off victories in winning three straight games in one day against nationally ranked opponents to claim its first Iowa Conference tournament title since the tourney was re-established in 2006.

In what some had forecast as a down year, Central was 36-10 and earned its 24th NCAA Division III tournament appearance. The Dutch played host to an NCAA regional, finishing fourth, and were ranked No. 9 in the final Division III national rankings.

Sophomore shortstop Annie Sarcone, the conference position player of the year, was a second-team all-America honoree, while freshman designated player Abbey Strajack was a third-team pick. Senior second baseman, Angela Davis, became Central’s second player ever to become a four-time first-team all-conference pick. Also on the first team were Sarcone and Strajack, while junior pitcher Rhianna Fleetwood and freshman third baseman Whitney Sowers were second-team honorees.

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