LCCC softball team makes history
The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.
Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.
LCCC became the first team ever from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division III NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before its season came to a close in mid-May.
Two Parkland High School graduates were part of that team in Shannon Jacobs and Madison Mohr.
“I’m very thankful to be a part of this team and to achieve these accomplishments with them,” Jacobs said. “From all the coaches to the teammates, I loved every second of it. All these accomplishments that we have made this year is really huge for LCCC. Many people do not know that LCCC had sports to offer. After this year I have been hearing more and more people look at LCCC to continue their education and sports.”
A year after Rowan County defeated LCCC in the same regional championship round, the Cougars reversed the tides this season. LCCC won the first two games of a best-of-three series to make history and advance to the national tournament.
The Cougars’ offense exploded for eight runs in the 8-5 Game 1 victory. Then, in a pitcher’s duel, Bailey Pedersen pitched a complete game shutout for her 14th win of the season and a 5-0 victory.
“Being able to make it to nationals was a huge accomplishment for us, but what was even better was our team [coming in sixth place],” Jacobs said. “It may not have been first [place], but we will take it and use it for more motivation next year. We worked very hard this season and we were beyond excited to be there.”
After a 6-5 win against Monroe Community College in New York in the first round of nationals, the Cougars’ first ever win at that level, LCCC dropped its next three games. The Cougars then fell to No. 1 seed Herkimer CCC from NY (5-1), No. 6 North Dakota SCS (5-1) and Brookdale CC (4-2) to place sixth in the country.
Jacobs connected on a two-out, two-run double that helped the Cougars regain the lead against Monroe Community College and eventually earn their first win at nationals.
“I had a huge rush of adrenaline going up to the plate knowing we already had two outs,” Jacobs said. “It felt amazing honestly to get the first win of the tournament and to be the first Pennsylvania team to win. It makes me happy that I could come through for my team and win the game.”
A total of six Cougars were named to the All-Region Team, led by Northwestern Lehigh graduate Lydia Danner, the Region XIX Player of the Year and Region XIX Tournament MVP. Bailey Pedersen was named the Region XIX Pitcher of the Year.
“The chemistry on this team is huge,” Jacobs said. “From the coaches to teammates, there was always a great support system and love. Our coaches always showed they believed in us and supported us no matter what our decisions were. I loved all my teammates as if they were my own sisters. We’re not just a team. We are a family.”
LCCC finished 25-10 overall and 8-2 in conference play.