June 2011, Volume 15, Number 3

Making Their Mark

Softball Team Nabs State and District Titles

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The Miami Dade College softball team is heading back to nationals after recently winning state and district titles.

Last season, the Sharks won their first-ever national championship and the 33rd sports title in the glorious history of the MDC athletic program. Of those titles, 13 have come in women’s sports.

This season, the Sharks (34-20) qualified for the double-elimination district tournament in Pensacola, where they advanced by twice beating Indian River (46-8-1), which was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 4 in the nation. They also beat Seminole, 10-2, and Florida State College, 8-7, before dismissing Indian River, 11-10 and 19-4.

In the state final, MDC beat Tallahassee, 6-3, as the Sharks’ Kristen Exposito was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Next up for MDC is the 16-team national tournament in St. George, Utah, which is where the Sharks won it all last year.

“It was sweet to win the national title last year, but we were supposed to do it because of the talent we had,” MDC Coach Carlos Caro said. “This year, our first two titles are even sweeter because we’ve worked hard and overcome injuries.”

— WV

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