Softball Team Heads To Mid-Con Tournament
Monday, May 10, 2004



Shreveport — The Centenary softball team travels to Macomb, Ill., this week for the 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament on May 14-15 with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

The Ladies (33-26, 16-8 Mid-Con) finished the season in second place in the conference, three games behind regular season champion Southern Utah. As the second seed, Centenary will face third seed Western Illinois in the first round of games Friday afternoon at 12:15 p.m.

Centenary will play again later Friday afternoon against either Southern Utah or fourth seed Valparaiso. As long as they don't lose both Friday games, the Ladies will continue action in the double-elimination tournament on Saturday. If the softball team wins the tournament, it will be the first Centenary squad to win a Mid-Con title since the school joined the conference this past fall.

The Ladies are led by the pitching of Cheyenne Daries, who enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a Centenary pitcher. The senior from Salinas, Calif., finished the regular season with a 22-14 record, a 1.96 ERA, and 198 strikeouts. In conference games, she earned a 12-5 record, a 1.57 ERA, and 97 strikeouts.

On the offensive side, senior Jordan Lansdale continually set the table for the Centenary power hitters. Batting leadoff, Lansdale batted .322 with 55 hits, including ten doubles, 18 runs batted in, 25 walks, a .417 on-base percentage, and 11 stolen bases. She led the team in hitting in conference games, batting .361 with 26 hits, 18 runs scored, and 11 walks.

Janis Kelley led the way in driving runners in, hitting a school-record 13 home runs and earning 36 runs batted in. Lauren Brownlee led the team with 12 doubles and also drove in 26 runs, while Micah Rhodes had a sensational freshman year with a .353 batting average, nine doubles, ten home runs, and 27 runs batted in. However, Rhodes suffered a knee injury before the Western Illinois series and is questionable for the tournament.

Traveling by bus, the team will leave the Gold Dome early Tuesday morning. The Ladies will stop in St. Louis Tuesday evening, catching a game between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. After sightseeing in St. Louis Wednesday morning, the team will continue on to Macomb to begin preparations for the tournament.

The Mid-Con plans to have live stats available through its official website (www.mid-con.com).

 

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