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WC Softball Season ends in Regional Tourney Title game

After losing their opening game and fighting back with four straight wins, the Weatherford College softball team lost the championship game of the Region 5-North Tournament Sunday in McKinney. North Central Texas College won the game 4-3 and a berth in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in St. George, Utah.

The Coyotes finished their season with a 46-11 overall record, a No. 8 national ranking and a conference title.

Morgan Rackel pitched all 41 innings over six games for Weatherford, throwing 560 total pitches.

WC kicked off the tournament at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch Friday night against McLennan Community College, a team they had swept in four regular season games. Elizabeth Svienty hit the go-ahead RBI double in the top of the seventh inning for MCC. Weatherford’s Macie Perrin went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Morgan Rackel threw 101 pitches over seven innings, allowing two earned runs and one walk with a strikeout.

The Coyotes began their four-game run Saturday with an 8-2 win over Grayson College. Aspen Grimes was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI.

WC dominated Ranger College Saturday night, 7-1. Perrin hit another home run on a 3-for-3, two RBI performance. Rackel allowed four hits, zero walks and one earned run with one strikeout.

The Coyotes played three games on Sunday, beginning with an 11-3 win over McLennan. WC exploded offensively with four home runs, courtesy of Kristeny Magallanes, Rackel, Perrin and Francine Garcia. Perrin was 2-for-4 with four RBI.

WC beat NCTC 6-5 to force the final championship game. In Weatherford’s win, Rackel turned in a 3-for-4, three RBI performance at the plate while throwing 108 pitches, allowing six hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out two.

In the title game Sunday afternoon, Weatherford had a one-run lead until NCTC’s Hannah Cooper hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the seventh. WC’s Kalina Sato was 3-for-3 and Perrin knocked in another home run.