Lady Vikings Rained Out At National Championship

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 16, 2002

A day of steady rain cancelled all the games scheduled for Thursday at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III softball championship tournament in Joliet, Illinois. Hudson Valley Community College's softball squad, ranked fifth in the nation among Division III junior colleges, had two games cancelled.

The Lady Vikings (32-7 overall) will now play three games on Friday. They will play Montana's Dawson Community College at 9 a.m. Dawson, which competes primarily against Division II schools during the regular season, is 16-19 overall. Hudson Valley will then play again at 1 p.m., in either a winner or loser's bracket. Finally, the Lady Vikings will play at either 5 or 7 p.m., depending on how they fare in Friday's earlier games. The 5 p.m. contest will be the second round of the loser's bracket; the 7 p.m. game will be a championship semifinal.

The Division III tourney is an eight-team event, and the tournament's championship game is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Christyn Hamel (Averill Park H.S.) leads Hudson Valley, which is making its debut appearance in the national championship tourney, She is batting .450 with three home runs and she is 13-2 on the mound.