Ladies Softball to Play in Mid-Con Tourney
Sunday, May 6, 2007

Mark Montgomery

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team and head coach Mark Montgomery learned Sunday that they will be competing in their fourth straight Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Ladies hope home field advantage will play a factor in the two-day event that begins Friday as Centenary will be hosting the conference tournament on its own field in Shreveport for the first time.


Montgomery continues his streak, having never missed a Mid-Con Tournament since Centenary joined the league in the fall of 2003. The Ladies have twice won the tournament (2004 & 2005) and represented the Mid-Con in the NCAA Tournament. The Maroon and White also qualified for the field last year, but lost its first two games.


The tournament field is comprised of the top four teams in the conference based on win percentage. With Centenary’s season over with a 6-6 conference mark after two whole series were erased due to inclement weather, the Ladies could do nothing but sit and wait with a bye on the final weekend of Mid-Con play. The Ladies only scenario for making the tournament hinged on Valparaiso losing at least four of its six remaining games as the Crusaders hosted first place Western Illinois and then traveled to third place Oakland for a make-up series on Sunday and Monday.


Western Illinois helped Centenary out in a big way by sweeping Valpo and clinching the regular season title and the top seed in the tournament at the same time. That now meant that heading into the series with Oakland, the Crusaders must sweep to stay in the race. However, the Golden Grizzlies handed Valpo a 2-1 loss in extra innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday and that was enough for Centenary to claim the fourth and final seed.


Valparaiso bounced back to win the second game against Oakland, but another win for the Crusaders on Monday would only land them in a tie with the Ladies. The Ladies own the tiebreaker over Valparaiso after winning the head-to-head series 2-1 during the regular season.


The field for the 2007 Moe’s Southwest Grill Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament shapes up with #1 Western Illinois taking on #4 Centenary and #2 Southern Utah battling #3 Oakland on Friday morning. The winners and the losers will each play again later that evening. The loser of the loser’s bracket game will be eliminated and the winner of the winner’s bracket game will advance to the championship contest on Saturday. The two remaining teams will face off Saturday morning with the winner also headed for the title game. It is a double elimination tournament.