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May 21, 2014

All the way to nationals

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Pictured is Oakland Community College pitcher Manda Messer, who helped her squad make it as far as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Softball National Championship.

Oakland Community College softball has concluded its season, but only after making it all the way to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships.

OCC earned a berth into the tournament via a 3-0 win against Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) May 9 in East Lansing in the District H championship — Region 12 East.

At the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship, OCC (29-17) lost its opening-round game of the double-elimination tournament to Highland Community College (Kansas) 8-4.

The Raiders came back to beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 11-7 in their next game before losing what would be their last game of the season to Cowley County Community College (Kansas) 6-1 on May 15.

The tournament took place in Clinton, Mississippi.

“Overall, it was a great run,” said OCC coach Jamie Corona. “It was exciting to get all the way to nationals and do what we did. The team worked super hard.”

Andrea Deneweth, Brittany Cunningham and Maggie Irvine (Rochester Adams High School) of OCC, along with Taylor Smith of Macomb Community College, were selected to the District H All-Tournament team.

Pitcher Manda Messer of OCC was selected as the MVP of the tournament.

Corona was selected Coach of the Year.

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