ICC softball looking to make more history at NJCAA Tournament

The Indians begin play in the event on Wednesday.

Posted: May 21, 2019 10:07 PM
Updated: May 21, 2019 10:22 PM

FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The fastballs were still flying and the bats were still cracking this week at the Itawamba Community College Softball Complex.

For the first time in program history, the Indians are one of sixteen teams vying for the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship, which begins Wednesday in Clinton. ICC earned the number five seed and will play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. against 12th-seeded Louisburg College of North Carolina.

"Every team in the tournament has got a dominant pitcher. They've got one that's got more strikeouts than innings pitched," said ICC head coach Andy Kirk. "Everybody's got a good power hitter, and then you see a lot of mixture of speed."

For ICC, Summer Cryder supplies the power. The former Mooreville standout slugged a team-high 10 home runs this season.

Mattie Meine is the speedster, stealing a team-high 49 bases along with her .415 batting average.

Olivia Burns is the dominant pitcher. The Grenada native led ICC with 25 wins, 151 strikeouts and a 1.76 ERA.

"We work really hard. Our coaches, they get on us sometimes, but it's just to make each one of us better," Burns said.

"We get on the field and we never give up," Cryder said. "Even if we're getting beat so bad we come back hustling on the field and off the field. Good at bats and good defense."

"This bunch is interesting," Kirk said. "I describe them sometimes as bunch of misfits. They just find a way all the time. Sometimes it's not the prettiest."

This group might do things a little differently, but the one thing you can't deny is their love for each other.

"The girls this year, we've grown just as close together as we did last year, and we've gotten together and worked hard and that's why we're about to play for a national championship," Burns said.

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