May 3, 2011

17-7 softball team heads to State

The Central Lakes College softball team takes its late-season surge to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference tournament Friday at Cloquet in search of post-season opportunity. CLC swept Vermilion on Monday, led by Stephanie Neugebauer's three home runs. In the regular-season finale at Ely, Stephanie and Trisha Wippler provided the bat power with homers in the 14-6 opener, and Dani Thiesse joined Stephanie as a round-tripper in the 16-8 wrap-up of a Northern Division doubleheader. Sam Harting pitched all 14 innings for the Raiders (17-7), who have a shot at advancing to the regional -- and perhaps national tournament -- the way they're playing. The regional is at Itasca (Grand Rapids) May 12 and 13. The 8-team national is again hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College May 19-21.