ROCKFORD, ILL. - Another spring and another Region IV Division III Championship for Rock Valley College softball. The Golden Eagles topped Joliet Junior College in come-from-behind fashion to earn their sixth consecutive region title and a chance to defend their national crown.
Trailing 4-0 after a half inning in the championship game, top-seeded Rock Valley College answered with four-run of their own en route to a 10-7 victory over the second-seeded Wolves. Courtney Fernette smashed two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the way. The Golden Eagles routed fourth-seeded College of DuPage 9-1 in five innings in the tournament opener, and rolled JJC by a 13-0 count in five innings to advance.
The four-time defending national champions will attempt to hang on to their national title at the 2018 NJCAA Division III Softball National Championships in Rochester, Minnesota, from May 17-19. The tournament seedings, matchups, and game times have yet to be announced.
2018 Region IV Division III All-Tournament Team
Courtney Fernette - Rock Valley College
Paige Guerrero - Joliet Junior College
Jordan Hall - Rock Valley College
Kim Labahn - Harper College
Sydney Miller - Joliet Junior College
Laci Muerer - Joliet Junior College
Madason Shaw - Rock Valley College
Abbey Sloan - Harper College
Michaela Spanbauer - Rock Valley College
Madaline Trost - College of DuPage
Coach of the Year
Darin Monroe - Rock Valley College
(Photo courtesy of Rock Valley College Athletics/rvcsports.com)