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College softball: BPCC begins quest for Region XIV Tournament title Friday

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The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs begin play in the Region XIV Tournament Friday at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. 

BPCC (40-10), the East Division No. 1 seed, faces South Division No. 4 Coastal Bend (20-26) at 5 p.m.

In other first-round games, South No. 2 seed Angelina College (36-14) faces East No. 3 Navarro College (24-19) at noon, East No. 2 Tyler Junior College (32-20) plays South No. 3 Blinn College (20-29) at 2:30 and South No. 1 San Jacinto (39-14) takes on East No. 4 Paris Junior College (33-15) at 7:30.

The double-elimination tournament is scheduled to conclude Monday. The champion and runner-up advance to the World Series May 25-28 in Yuma, Ariz.

This will be the first meeting this season between BPCC and Coastal Bend. The Lady Cavs won the overall conference regular-season title with a 22-2 mark. The Cougars finished tied for 7th at 13-11.

BPCC was ranked No. 20 in NJCAA Division I in the most recent poll released May 2.

Lady Cavs pitcher Primrose Aholelei, a redshirt sophomore from Honolulu, posted a 26-2 record in the regular season. The win total is tied for the most in Division I. She ranks first in strikeouts with 315 in 168 2/3 innings. Her 0.91 ERA ranks third. 

Haylee Ladner, a redshirt sophomore from Buna, Texas, leads the team in hitting among players with 70 or more at-bats (157 at-bats, .452 average), doubles (23) and RBI (67). She has also hit 10 home runs.

Kennedy Cox, a sophomore from Groesbeck, Texas, leads the team in home runs with 15. She is second in RBI with 56 and is batting .358 (151 at-bats)

Dyllan Sanay, a redshirt sophomore from Honolulu, is second on the team in batting average (120 at-bats, .383 average) and home runs (12). She has 40 RBI.

Nicolette Blenker, a redshirt sophomore from Mission Viejo, Calif., is batting .356 (149 at-bats) with four doubles, eight home runs and 39 RBI.

Frances Robinson, a freshman from Lakeside, is batting.325 (77 at-bats) with 20 RBI. Delaini Daughenbaugh, a sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas, is batting .320 (125 at-bats) with 19 RBI.

Tuliliau Sosi, a redshirt sophomore from Kearns, Utah, has 21 RBI and a .414 average in 58 at-bats. 

Last year, BPCC went into the postseason ranked No. 8 in NJCAA Division I. The Lady Cavs were the No. 1 seed in the East Region Tournament but the season ended there with a pair of losses to Trinity Valley.

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