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May 18, 2013

WALLACE STATE SOFTBALL: Lions capture second NJCAA Division I national championship

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ST GEORGE, Utah —

Benson, Wallace State’s third baseman, was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the tournament, and she wasn’t a slouch with her bat, either. She hit three homers in the tournament, including a two-run shot in the championship game. She finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs.

“When I committed to play at Wallace State in high school, I knew I was going to be a part of a national championship team,” said Benson, an Oak Grove grad. “We came closer as a team after we lost some games we shouldn’t have in April. That’s part of growing up, and we’ve grown up a lot in the last month.”

Also named to the All-Tournament Team were Wallace State’s Gentle, Madeline Lee and Brittany Gillison.

Clem was named the winner of the Karen Sykes Outstanding Coach of the Tournament, earning the recognition for the second time in her eight national tournament appearances.

 

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