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The Cinderella season has come to an end for the East Central College Falcon softball team. The ECC women couldn’t generate much offense May 17 in an 8-0 loss to Black Hawk College from Moline, Illinois, in the second game of the double elimination NJCAA national tournament in Clinton, Mississippi. 

 

Coach Brad Wallach and the Lady Falcons end the year with a record of 28-32.

  

The Braves jumped out to a one run lead in the first inning and added two more in the third and five runs in the fourth inning. 

 

Chloe Galati gave ECC a little life in the top of the fifth with a lead off double, but a double play erased that threat and the Falcons fell.  Julie Scheer pitched the entire game for East Central, giving up 10 hits.  The eight run mercy rule ended the game in the fifth inning.

 

The loss was the second of the day for the Lady Falcons. They started the morning with an 8-0 loss to the #1 seeded Lady Bengals from Louisiana State University-Eunice.  ECC came up with just one hit in that game, facing a stellar pitching performance from LSU-E’s Tina Schultz who struck out nine ECC batters. 

 

ECC committed 7 errors, and the eight run mercy rule also ended that game in the fifth inning.  Brooke Brenton was the losing pitcher for the Falcons.

 

ECC advanced to the national tournament after claiming the District J title and the Region 16 crown. This marked ECC's third trip to the national tournament.  In 1994 East Central finished ninth and in 1977 the team placed fifth.

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