TUCSON, Ariz. - Due to inclement weather and unsafe playing conditions, the remainder of the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic has been canceled.
Following the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. contests, the city of Tucson, which oversees the Lincoln Park complex, halted all games and canceled play for the rest of the day.
Alma, Babson, Central, DePauw, East Texas Baptist, Pacific Lutheran, Transylvania and WashU picked up wins in their morning affairs. With a 2-1 eight-inning win over Piedmont, ETBU finished 4-0, and earned the tournament championship.
The Beavers doubled up LeTourneau, 14-7, while WashU won a slugfest over Mary Hardin-Baylor, 17-13. Babson and UMHB each posted 3-1 marks, while WashU improved to 3-1. Alma edged George Fox, 7-6, and DePauw topped Emerson, 11-5, to bring their respective tournament records to 2-3, while PLU earned its first triumph, 3-1 over Emory & Henry.
In the continuation of the halted game between Linfield and Saint Benedict, the Wildcats walked off with a 4-3 victory. The first batter of the morning, Bennies’ Olivia McCabe, launched a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the sixth to even the contest at 3-3. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Katie Phillips stroked the walk-off single to right, plating Kelsey Wilkinson with the winning run.
Transylvania and Central went 4-1 at the tournament, while Emory, Illinois Wesleyan and St. John Fisher concluded with 3-1 records. Berry, Christopher Newport, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, DePauw, George Fox, Piedmont, St. Thomas and Texas Lutheran won two contests apiece.
2020 NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team
Madyson Piche, Alma
Isabel Aguilar, Babson
Hunter Padgett, Berry
Kaitlyn Andresen, Central
Lauren Richards, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Becca St. Germain, DePauw
Preslye Cox, East Texas Baptist
Maddie Tomich, Emerson
Jessy McLean, Emory
Anna Thomas, Emory & Henry
Kamryn Potter, George Fox
Hayley Earl, Illinois Wesleyan
Kennedi Dillow, LeTourneau
Kelsey Wilkinson, Linfield
Avery Kelly, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Erin McGrath, Pacific Lutheran
Katelyn Perry, Piedmont
Olivia McCabe, Saint Benedict
Emily Trotman, St. John Fisher
Bridget Armstrong, St. Thomas
Cassie Roche, Texas Lutheran
Kameron Bowling, Transylvania
Nicole Hay, WashU
* Christopher Newport declined to have a player on the All-Tournament Team