The Winona State softball team caputred the program's
fifth N-S-I-C tournament championship.
In doing so...the Warriors have the top-seed in the
Central Region and will host the NCAA Regional this
weekend beginning Friday at .
But things didn't look so positive last Thursday.
Winona State dropped their opening game of the conference
tourney...and faced a long and uphill battle in the
The Warriors fought back
winning their next six games....which
included four-straight on Saturday to capture the
I mean we were stunned in the first game.
It was jus something we weren't expecting.
We swepty Mary in our one series this year so it was
very unexpected but is says that we're never going
to give up.
A lot of grit.
A lot of resilience.
They've shown that all year long and we've preached
mental toughness in this program, we preach passion
and pride every day.
It's fun to actually see it play out in front of you.
What it says is that we can get knocked back, knocked
down and answer right back.
We became angry, hungry and we came right back and
attacked the ball and just worked our way back one
game at a time.
No mountain may be too high for this team.
A big reason why is their balance.
They led the N-S-I-C in offensive categories like
average and runs per game....while also first in conference
in pitching categories like E-R-A.
Pitching, defense, and offense.
You want to be good in all three aspects.
And the you've got to be lucky and you've got to be
And this team has been all of the above all year long.
We've had a lot of good teams over the years, we've
been a great program.
But this is the most balanced team we've ever had.
N-S-I-C baseball tournament.
Winona State scores four runs in the top of the 9th
to rally and beat Concordia-Saint Paul.
Big game between the two teams right behind Arcadia
in the Coulee Softball standings.
Westby hosting Luther.
Top of the third .
Luther already up 1 .
Nicole Beckendorf hitting a two run homerun!
Knights up 3 - 0.
Few batters later .
Eliza Dobbe hits the ball back up the middle .
a run crosses the plate.
Luther increases their lead to 4.
Luther pulling away .
Sara Beckendorf smashes a ball down the left field
line for a two RBI single.
That caps a five run 4-th.
Score now 8 - 0.
And Luther gets a shutout ten-zero win.
A charter member of the century-old WIAC is leaving
U-W Superior is moving to the Upper Midwest Athletic
The U-M-A-C has nine schools ...geographically closer
Maybe the biggest way this affects U-W-L ...
The conference will no longer have an automatic berth
to the N-C-A-A baseball tournament.
The N-C-A-A requires a minimum of seven baseball-playing
The WIAC will have six.
I don't know right off the
top, to be frank, how detrimental
that will be to us as a conference.
I think it's more of a prestige thing probably than
an actual impacted difference.
You'd like to be a conference that has an A-Q.
I think it says a lot about you as a league.
?? So where does the WIAC go from here??
Whitman says now's a good time to ask what the conference
will look like ten years from now.
?? Could he ever see the day the WIAC will have a
school that doesn't begin with U-W??
I would think that we would be silly to not say that
anything's on the table.
Whether that would happen, I think that that's a longshot,
just because it would require us to reconfigure a
lot of the philosophical underpinnings of our conference.
The move takes effect for the 2015-2016 school year.
Superior will still compete in the WIAC in men's and