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2016 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 2 Recap and Top Players of the Day

2016 NJCAA DI Softball Championship

Championship side

Four great games were played on day two on the championship side of the bracket. One game took 15 innings to settle, the top seed was upset and the defending champions look sharp. A strong wind made things interesting and errors came back to haunt teams.

No. 8 Yavapai 3, No. 1 Tyler 2

Yavapai pulled the biggest upset of the day with the win over top seeded Tyler. They scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to secure the win. Second baseman Jocilynn Ellis was 2-4 with a home run, run and two RBI. Right fielder Dustie Durham was also 2-4 with a double and a run. Finally Third baseman Karissa Pena went 2-3 with an RBI. Strong pitching made sure that three runs would be enough. Amy Robinson gave up two runs on seven hits and recorded eight strikeouts. The two runs she gave up were both home runs. Tyler did get their lead-off on in the seven but were unable to get her home.

No. 4 Butler 5, No. 5 Florida Southwestern 4 (15 innings)

This had to be the game of the day and may prove to be the game of the tournament as the two teams dug in and battled for 15 innings. There were some amazing plays along the way, strikeouts and errors that all contributed to this nail biter. One thing that you will not see in the box score is three amazing catches by FSW center fielder Criza Bulanadi. Bulanadi made three amazing running catches at the fence that saved FSW on all three occasions. Special recognition goes to FSW pitcher Courtney Gettins. Gettins pitched 22 straight innings, giving up five earned runs for a 1.59 ERA. Now Butler used two pitchers in the game, Regan Mergele started the game and went five innings giving three earned runs. Brynn Minor entered in the sixth and pitched 10 flawless innings giving up no runs on four hits. Minor also contributed at the plate where she was 2-7 but had a home run and two RBI. In the bottom of the 15th Butler had the bases loaded and dropped a bunt that was mishandled by FSW and then an over throw to first allowed the winning run to cross the plate. It was a great game.

No. 3 Chiploa 12, No. 11 Wallace State 2

The defending national champions trailed by one heading into the bottom of the third inning and exploded for nine runs and never looked back. Chipola Right fielder Gabriela Santos went 3-4 with four runs, a home run and two RBI. Third baseman Ashley Morris also had a good day going 2-3 with a double, a run and two RBI. From the circle Ilona Andringa looked good again going five innings giving up just one earned run and recording seven strikeouts to just one walk. They have looked strong through two games.

No. 2 Salt Lake 6, No. 7 NE Oklahoma A&M (NEO) 4

Salt Lake looked good in their win over NEO. Tina Ford went 3-4 on the day while Lauryn Goaslind hot .500 with a home run. Pitcher Kylie Everill got the win giving up just four hits. Up next Salt Lake is set to battled defending champion Chipola in what should be a great game.

Players of the Day, Day 2


  • Pitcher: Brynn Minor (Butler) 10 innings, 4 Hits, 0 Runs
  • Pitcher: Ilona Andringa  (Chiploa) 5 innings, 7K, 1 walk
  • Pitcher: Courtney Gettins (FSW) 22 innings, 11K, 1.59 ERA (22 Straight innings)


  • Hitting: Gabriela Santos (Chiploa) 3-4, HR, 4 runs, 2 RBI
  • Hitting: Jocilynn Ellis (Yavapai) 2-4, HR, 1 run, 2 RBI

Special Defense Player of the Day

  • Criza Bulanadi (FSW)  Three game saving catches in one game.

Loser Bracket Results

  • No. 9 Walters State 4, No. 16 Georgia Military 1
  • No. 12 San Jacinto – South 2, No. 13 Howard 1
  • No. 6 McLennan 12, No. 14 Indian Hills 9
  • No. 10 Lake Land 9, No. 15 Spartanburg Methodist 2
  • No. 1 Tyler 9, No. 10 Lake Land 1
  • No. 6 McLennan 8, No. 5 Florida Southwestern 6
  • No. 12 San Jacinto – South 11, Wallace State 3
  • No. 7 NEO 8, No. 8 Walters State 7

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