The Salt Lake Community College Bruins softball team ended its 2012 season with a 59-9 record, the Region 18 title and a second place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament.
This year marked the second consecutive season that the team placed second in the NJCAA tournament. They were defeated 4-1 by No. 1 seed Chattanooga State Community College in the championship game.
The Bruins advanced to the national tournament after a 10-4 victory over Southern Idaho on May 12. This year marked the Bruins’ fourth appearance in the national tournament.
“This season was the best season yet. Each year we have continued to get better,” said Bruin head coach Mary Kay Amicone. “Ultimately the goal is to get the national championship.”
Chattanooga took charge of the title game early on with two runs scored in the second inning and one more each in the third and sixth. The Bruins went hitless until the sixth inning when L Miller singled but was unable to score.
It wasn’t until the seventh inning that Hannah Williams scored off a RBI double hit by Lyndsey Healey. The Bruins were unable to keep up the steam, though. With one out already on the board, Tanisha Anderson struck out looking and Starlee Hutchings flied out to end the seventh, thus giving Chattanooga the win.
Even with the defeat to Chattanooga, Coach Amicone was impressed with her team’s effort.
“We have remarkable players and I’m really proud of what our team has been able to accomplish,” Amicone said.
The team only hopes that next season they can bring the national championship home to Salt Lake Community College .