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Softball - Wed, May 17, 2017

Both Davenport and Madonna made it to the championship game of their respective Opening Round brackets, but only Davenport advanced to the 2017 NAIA Softball World Series that runs May 26-June 1 in Clermont, Fla. The 10-team, double-elimination event will be played out at the Legends Way Ballfields. PFX Athletics serves as official hosts for the first year. 

Madonna won it's first game against top-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) but dropped the next game to second-seeded Corban (Ore.). The Crusaders eliminated Taylor (ind.) to face Corban in the championship game. MU (32-16) fell short in the championship game, losing a second time to Corban.

The Panthers won the Grand Rapids bracket with a 4-1 record by forcing an if necessary game. DU defeated Hastings (Neb.) in five inninges before dropping the next game to Rio Grande (Ohio). The Panthers then defeated Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) only to face Rio Grande in the championship. Davenport (47-8) won the first game to force a second championship game. Davenport's focus now turns to the 2017 NAIA Softball World Series It's the second trip to the World Series after also qualifying in 2011. 

>>Opening Round Results     |     >>World Series Bracket

Columbia (Ky.) Bracket
No. 4 Madonna def. No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 1-0  box score
No. 2 Corban (Ore.) def. No. 4 Madonna, 8-0  box score
No. 4 Madonna def. No. 3 Taylor (Ind.), 9-0  box score
No. 2 Corban (Ore.) def. No. 4 Madonna, 8-3  box score

Grand Rapids Bracket
No. 1 Davenport def. No. 4 Hastings (Neb.), 10-1 (5 innings)   box score
No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio) def. No. 1 Davenport (Mich.), 3-2  box score
No. 1 Davenport def. No. 3 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 5-0  box score
No. 1 Davenport (Mich.) def. No. 2 Rio Grande, 5-3  box score
No. 1 Davenport  def. No. 2 Rio Grande, 4-2  box score

NAIANetwork.com, the NAIA's official video-streaming platform of NAIA national championship events powered by Stretch Internet, will be broadcasting all 19 games of the 2017 NAIA Softball World Series. The All-World Series package can be purchased for $29.95 or the day package for $9.95. For more information, including how to register for an account, click here.

 
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