The Monroe Community College softball team entered the NJCAA Division III national fast-pitch softball tournament as the No. 1 ranked team and owners of a 48-2 record.
It played every bit as good as those numbers Friday in defeating the Central Lakes College Raiders 17-1 in the semifinals at Rochester.
Monroe held CLC to just two hits. Brittany Thorson and Izzy Anderson collected those.
Anderson's single helped the Raiders score their only run in the seventh inning.
Kjelsey Loeffler started the inning with a walk and then stole second base. Anderson's single moved her to third and Bobbi Rogge's groundout to short scored Loeffler.
Monroe 17, Raiders 1
Key: Monroe knocked out 19 hits and held CLC to just two
Overall: CLC 30-13
Next game: Central Lakes vs. Gloucester in NJCAA Division III semifinals in Rochester noon Saturday
The loss drops CLC into the losers bracket where they faced Gloucester noon Saturday.
The Raiders knocked off Gloucester 9-8 in Thursday's quarterfinals to advance to Friday's game.
In that game Malerie Riewer earned the win as she gave up one hit, struck out one and gave up no runs.
Friday she wasn't as fortunate as she gave up 19 hits and 17 runs. The Raiders committed four errors behind her.
The Raiders still have a shot to win the national title. If they defeat Gloucester again they would face Monroe again at 2 p.m. Saturday. They would have to defeat the team from New York twice.
Central Lakes 1 2 4
Monroe 17 19 1
W: Jackie Dean. L: Malerie Riewer.
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