Lady Chaps qualify for NJCAA Region V Division I Softball Tournament
Bracket/Live Video Streaming Information/Statistics
Director of Athletics
The Midland College Lady Chap softball team has qualified for their 18th consecutive NJCAA Region V Division I Softball Tournament over the 20 year existence of the program, having not qualified in the inaugural season of 1999 and in 2000.
The Region V West Tournament will be held May 4-6th in Lubbock, TX at PlainsCapital Park on the campus of Lubbock Christian University. Lubbock Christian University (NCAA II) is located at 5601 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79407. Tournament seeding is based on the top six teams in the final WJCAC standings.
The Lady Chaps finished the regular season with a 35-21 overall record finishing in 4th place (18-10) in the 2018 WJCAC standings. The 2018 also marks the 19th, 30+ win season the program’s 20 year history (29-20 in the 2000).
Tournament seeding is as follows:
#1 Howard College 38-7-1 (25-3)
#2 Clarendon College 46-8 (23-5)
#3 Odessa College 37-10 (21-7)
#4 Midland College 35-21 (18-10)
#5 Western Texas College 18-30 (11-7)
#6 El Paso Community College 13-42 (7-21)
Interim head coach Amanda Evans, assistant coach Stephanie Plona and the Lady Chaps open play in the 2018 NJCAA Region V West Tournament on Friday, May 4th @ 11:00 a.m. when they take on #5 seed Western Texas College. MC is 4-0 this season versus WTC, with wins of 8-3 and 14-4 (5 innings) in Snyder, TX and wins of 7-0 and 11-3 (5 innings) at Lady Chap Field in Midland
The Region V West Tournament will be streamed live (all games) from the Texas Radio Sports Network.
Midland College is led by sophomore pitcher Crystine Kistner who is 19-12 this season in 31 starts (23 complete games). Kistner, an Angelo State University (NCAA II) signee, has recorded 330 strikeouts with a 1.47 ERA. Freshman Taylor Laing is 10-4 this season in 29 appearances. Laing has 5 complete games and a 4.10 ERA in 2018.
Lady Chap freshman outfielder/pitcher Rayla Jacobs-Kea leads the team offensively with a .458 batting average, including 71 hits, 16 doubles, 2 triples and four homers in 51 games. While sophomore slugger Bianca Cerda has recorded a .455 batting average, with 70 hits, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and a .669 slugging percentage in 51 games.