Central advanced to the NCAA Division III softball tourney for a record 29th year, finishing second in the St. Paul, Minnesota, regional.
The Dutch posted a 29-12 record and landed three players on the all-Midwest region squad. Speedsters Sara Tallman ’20 and Shaye Witte ’20, outfielders at the top of the Central batting order, were first-team picks while catcher Emily Walton ’18 was a third-team selection.
Tallman, also a two-time first team all-conference pick, hit .387 with 50 runs and a school-record 47 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the nation. Witte hit a team-high .404 while Walton, back after missing all of 2017 with injury, hit .372 with a team-best 38 RBI.
Central, which finished second in league play at 12-4, was No. 21 in the final NFCA Division III rankings under hall of fame coach George Wares ’76.
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