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Chipola softball headed to national tournament

The Chipola College softball team will make their sixth consecutive appearance at the NJCAA...
The Chipola College softball team will make their sixth consecutive appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in Yuma, Arizona, May 25-29.(Source: Chipola Athletics)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 9:24 AM CDT
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MARIANNA, Fla. (Press Release) -The Chipola College softball team will make their sixth consecutive appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in Yuma, Arizona, May 25-29.

The Lady Indians are headed back to defend their 2019 National title after missing that opportunity in 2020 due to the pandemic. This is Chipola’s seventh trip in the last eight tournaments, and the ninth appearance for Head Coach Belinda Hendrix.

Chipola scored a 4-3 win over Indian River to capture the FCSAA State Softball Championship on May 9.

Five Chipola players were named to the FCSAA All-Tournament Team— Most Valuable Player: Zayla McBurrows, Natalie Kopicova, Kinzie Nelson and Madisyn Riggins. Two were named FCSAA All-State: First-team—Pitcher: Leigha Kirby and Second-team At-large: Zayla McBurrows. Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix was named FCSAA Coach of the Year.

Chipola also beat Central Florida (9-5) and Florida Southwestern (6-3) to make it to the championship game of the state tournament.

The Lady Indians won a share of the 2020 Panhandle Conference finishing with a 15-5 league mark, along with Pensacola (15-5).

National tournament information is available at: https://www.njcaa.org/sports/sball/2020-21/div1/national_championship/index

For the latest information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com