The MSJC softball team started slow on Friday, but rallied for an 8-2 win over Chaffey to clinch the Foothill Conference championship.
The Lady Eagles tied for the league crown with Antelope Valley as both teams finished conference play with an 11-1 record. The two teams will meet today at 3 pm at Wheat Field in Menifee for a play-off seeding game. Both teams are automatic qualifiers into the play-offs. This is the second play-off appearance for the Lady Eagles who also qualified in 2004 and the first conference softball title in school history.
Despite the 2009 MSJC team being loaded with freshmen head coach Gina Oliver was very optimistic coming into the season. "I knew they had a lot of experience with travel ball," said Oliver "we came together well and really have good chemistry, these guys have a good time together." Although the freshmen have been one of the Lady Eagles keys to success, it has been possible conference MVP Lynsie Caldwell, who has carried the load for MSJC especially pitching. "Last year she was first team all conference and this year she has stepped up even more," says Oliver "I wouldn't be surprised at all if she is voted the conference MVP, because she is hitting just as well as she is pitching."
After today's game the Lady Eagles will play a doubleheader with College of the Canyons Wednesday before starting the play-offs May 2nd.
Lynsie Caldwell (above) and Sammi Rodriguez (below) are two of the many reasons the MSJC softball team went 11-1 in Foothill Conference games to win the school's first ever conference title in the sport.