MARIANNA— Chipola softball jumped out to a 4-0 record in Panhandle Conference play with wins over Tallahassee and Northwest.
Chipola trounced Tallahassee 15-3 in five innings and 8-0 in six on March 14. The Lady Indians continued their dominance with 3-2 and 7-0 wins over Northwest, March 16.
The Lady Indians (37-2) are the top-ranked softball team in the FCSAA Region 8 Coaches Poll and the number two team in the NJCAA National Poll.
Chipola hosts Abraham Baldwin Tuesday, March 21, in a 4 p.m. double-header. The Lady Indians host Pensacola, Saturday, March 25, at 1 and 3 p.m. and Tallahassee, Saturday, April 1, at 1 and 3 p.m.
Chipola pitcher Morgan Goree is the Florida FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Softball Pitcher of the Week. She threw a perfect game March 11 in the Lady Indians 3-0 win over Wallace State Hanceville.
Goree struck out 7 batters in 7 innings in which no Wallace players reached base. The right-hander from Senoia, Ga., was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances. She pitched back-to-back complete-games over Central Alabama and Wallace. She threw a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts against Central Alabama, then came back with a perfect game (eight strikeouts) in a 3-0 win over Wallace.
In early March, the Lady Indians logged wins over Thomas University (8-0 and 9-0); Southern Union (7-0); LSU Eunice (6-4); Mississippi Gulf Coast (10-0); Lansing (3-2); Shelton State (4-2); Wallace State (3-0).
Chipola’s only losses of the season were to ninth-ranked Midland (8-5) on March 11 and to Abraham-Baldwin (3-2) on Feb. 20.