Lady Eagles Win Regional Title; Finish as NCAA Runnerup
A three-run home run by Courtney Starr helped propel the OC softball team to a 7-0 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan and its second straight NCCAA Central Region championship.
Shea Coats, Kendra Pierce, and Tom Heath were named the NCCAA Central Region pitcher, player, and coach of the year, respectively. OC’s Haley Squier, Monique Elliott and Courtney Starr also earned first-team all-region honors.
Coats and Pierce were named to the NCAA Division II Daktronics all-region second team while Coats, Pierce, and Squier earned spots on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s NCAA Division II all-region squad, highlighted by Coats’ first-team selection.
Coats starred for the Lady Eagles at the NCCAA World Series, throwing a no-hitter against Lee (Tenn.) to send OC to a national championship matchup with Simpson (Calif.).
Coming from the losers’ bracket, the Lady Eagles had to beat Simpson twice, and got their first win by a 4-2 count on the strength of three RBIs from Niki Davidson.
But the Red Hawks claimed the title in the winner-take-all second game, rallying from a 4-1 deficit to prevail 6-4.
Coats, just a sophomore, was named the NCCAA pitcher of the year while senior shortstop Kendra Pierce also made the All-America first-team list. Jordan Chism, Monique Elliott, Kelsie Finch, and Pierce earned NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors.
View more stories from the Summer 2015 issue of Vision magazine.