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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Region 5B softball: Varina at Lee-Davis 6:00 p.m.

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Region 5B baseball: Douglas Freeman at Atlee 7:00 p.m.

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R-MC headed to softball World Series Whittemore pitches 21 innings to lead Yellow Jackets to first D-III super-regional title

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Randolph-Macon’s Candace Whittemore gets around for a single in the fourth inning of the Yellow Jackets’ first 4-3 win over Christopher Newport in their NCAA Division III super-regional Saturday.

By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor NEWPORT NEWS – As of two weeks ago, RandolphMacon’s softball team had never won an NCAA Division III regional. They fixed that. As of last weekend, the Yellow Jackets had never advanced to the D-III

softball World Series. Thanks to some timely hitting throughout the lineup and a gutsy pitching effort by Candace Whittemore, they fixed that, too. After dropping an 8-3 contest to host Christopher Newport in their super-regional opener Friday, the Yellow Jackets rallied, taking two from

the Captains Saturday to stun their hosts and earn the right to head to the University of TexasTyler for the World Series. Whittemore had pitched six innings in Friday’s loss to Christopher Newport, which was the home team in game one. She was supposed to just be designated player in game

two Saturday afternoon, but Ali Celiberti, who was supposed to be in the circle that game, was injured in a freak throw-around accident before the game and had to leave early in the first inning. Whittemore came in, pitching eight innings in that game before scoring on a Shelby Hill single in the bottom of the

eighth to force a winner-take-all game. Whittemore (Patrick Henry) then stepped in the circle again for the decider, holding on despite giving up a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 win. She pitched 21 innings in 24 hours. “I’m a little sore, but that’s all

right,” she said Saturday night. “It’s worth it. … It feels great! It’s awesome!” Of the more than 400 Division III softball teams in the country, the Yellow Jackets join seven other teams in the World Series: Emory, Saint

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