The IRSC softball team was in a 'win or go home' situation playing the 5 PM match-up with Chipola College playing in the loser's bracket of the 2017 FCSAA State Softball Tournament.
Chipola is currently the 2nd ranked team in the NJCAA National polls and was upset in Friday's opening round games by College of Central Florida sending them to the loser's bracket early and forcing the team to win three Saturday games to advance to Sunday play.
Head Coach, Dale Atkinson, started the hot hand on the mound, Auria Mounts. Her play in Friday night's second game showed her composure as she got the win over State College of Florida on the back of a huge offensive performance and a ten run game. Mounts started inning one well, retiring the side, showing a calm demeanor and readiness for play. On the flip side, Chipola's team showed the same as they closed out the inning with both teams knotted at zero.
A shaky start to inning number two gave way to heavy bats for Chipola. Mounts began to struggle early on in the inning, giving up six runs, forcing Coach Atkinson to pull the plug and send in relief. Hailey Andrews came off the bench inheriting base runners and surrendered an additional two runs. After the third out was recorded, Chipola had opened up an 8-0 lead putting IRSC up against a wall and needing immediate run production.
Over the course of the next three innings, both teams remained relatively silent offensively. IRSC fought constantly to attempt a comeback but fell short, losing 8-0 in five innings. The season comes to a close for the team with the loss but a freshman heavy team shows great promise for the 17/18 campaign.