ST. GEORGE, Utah (KTRE) - It has been five years since the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners softball brought home a NJCAA national championship. That is to long if you ask the current squad.
The team left for Utah by bus on Sunday and arrived Monday night. As the 12 seed they will play the 5 seed Salt Lake in round one of the double-elimination tournament.
At 40-11 and 20-11 in the Region XIV Conference, the Lady Runners were given an at-large bid after they fell in the final of the Region XIV tourney to Tyler Junior College.
The team bring some of the bet stats in the country into the tournament with a batting average of .384 and an ERA of 3.13.
“Once you get to the national tournament, every team is good,” Angelina Coach Mark Mattson said. “It is hard to fly under the radar at the national tournament, especially with the region we play in.”
The team left early by bus to get some team bonding in and enjoy the festivities surrounding the tournament.
“The first time I didn’t get to experience a lot of the stuff with the tournament. It is new to me. We are going to get their early and enjoy the things that go with the tournament.”
The team will be sporting shirt with “1430” on the front. The shirt were made before the season started.
“We set this goal from the beginning,” Angelina sophomore Nikki Whitehead said. " We put 1430 on the front. That’s the amount of miles from here to Utah. We are going as a 12 seed but I think we will prove them all wrong."
If they can win game 1, they could face conference rival TJC in round 2, if the Lady Apaches can also get by Indian Hills. In the previous 6 meetings this year, AC is 1-5 but all games but one were close.
“I know the results have not been in our favor but if it happens we will be comfortable with what we will go against and we will play well.,” Mattson said. "