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2019 NJCAA Division III Softball Championship May 23-25, 2019 | McQuillan Complex | Rochester, MN

Six-peat! Rock Valley wins NJCAA-record sixth consecutive national championship

Rock Valley (IL) captured its sixth consecutive NJCAA DIII Softball Championship, setting a new record for most consecutive national titles across all three NJCAA divisions. Needing three wins on Saturday, the Golden Eagles' championship experience was on full display as Rock Valley topped Brookdale (NJ) before defeating Herkimer (NY) twice for the national championship.

Th Golden Eagles capped the season with a 57-13 record, the program's third consecutive 50-win season.

A four-run fourth inning from the Golden Eagle offense powered Rock Valley to its sixth consecutive NJCAA DIII Softball Championship

A loss to Herkimer on Friday was immediately removed from the Golden Eagles' mindset entering the final day of tournament action in Rochester, MN. Rock Valley outlasted Brookdale (NJ) 4-2 before a dominant 21-4 victory over Herkimer to force a decisive championship matchup with the Generals for the second consecutive year.

Rock Valley produced four runs in the fourth inning of the final game to pull away from Herkimer. Sophomore

Rock Valley and Herkimer squared off in the national title game for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, with the Golden Eagles winning the last five matchups over the Generals.

Herkimer concluded the tournament as runners-up for the second consecutive year. The Generals were participating in the program's sixth national title game since 2013.

Herkimer, who concluded the season at 48-8, was led by a series of All-Tournament selections who starred throughout the postseason.

Aubrey Ketcham was named the Defensive Player of the Tournament for the Generals. Jennah Hogan, Natasha Holt, Vani Patel, and Brooke Snyder all earned All-Tournament recognition.

A stellar two-year career at Rock Valley came to a close for hurler Breanna Crown, but not before completing her tenure as a Golden Eagle as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. A 2018 NJCAA DIII All-American as a freshman, Crown tossed a complete game in the championship clincher.

In three appearances in the tournament, Crown earned a pair of wins with a 1.71 earned run average to go along with 11 strikeouts. Along with MVP honros, Crown was also named the Pitcher of the Tournament.

Brookdale took third place at the national tournament, falling to Rock Valley in the semifinal round. The Jersey Blues downed sixth-seeded Dakota in the opening round 5-1, before falling to No. 2 Herkimer in the quarterfinal round.

On the second day of the tournament, Brookdale rallied defeating Lehigh Carbon, in five innings, and Onondaga. The pair of wins advanced the Jersey Blues to Saturday's consolation semifinal game.

2019 marks Brookdale's 17th overall appearance at the national tournament - the most of any team in NJCAA DIII Softball.

Rock Valley head coach Darin Monroe was named Coach of the Tournament after guiding the Golden Eagles to their sixth national championship since 2011.
Onondaga placed fifth in the national tournament after going 2-2 during the three-day event. The Lazers picked up wins over Lehigh Carbon and a thrilling 13-12 victory vs. Dakota and fell to Rock Valley and Brookdale.
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