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, 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.