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College softball: BPCC advances to winners’ bracket finals in Region XIV Tournament

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The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs advanced to the finals of the winners’ bracket of the Region XIV Tournament with a 5-2 victory over Navarro College Saturday in Pasadena, Texas.

BPCC (42-10), the No. 1 seed from the East Division, faces South No. 1 and tournament host San Jacinto College (41-14), a 3-0 winner over East No. 2 Tyler Junior College, Sunday at 5 p.m.

Navarro (25-20), the East No. 3 seed, plays East No. 4 Paris Junior College (34-16) in an elimination game at noon. 

The champion and runner-up teams advanced to the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship tournament May 25-28 in Yuma, Ariz.

BPCC ace Primrose Aholelei pitched a two-hitter Saturday with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

Eight Lady Cavs had hits. Kennedy Cox went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Haylee Ladner went 2-for-4.

BPCC took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. 

The Lady Cavs loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, a Delaini Daughenbaugh single and an error.

Following a fielder’s choice, Daughenbaugh scored on a sacrifice fly by Hailey Pence.  Ladner then had an RBI-single and Cox followed with a double.

BPCC scored its final two runs in the fifth. Ladner and Cox had back-to-back singles to make it 4-0. Alohilani Napalapalai brought home the final run with a two-out single.

Navarro got both of its hits in the top of the sixth, including a two-run home run by Nadia Almanza.

Aholelei shut the door in the seventh, striking out the first two batters and inducing a groundout to end the game.

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