Washington is No. 1 seed, host for conference softball tournament

CHESTERTOWN — Washington won the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader at Dickinson, 7-3, to pin down the top seed and home field for the Centennial Conference softball tournament that begins in earnest Thursday, May 2.

Washington is the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2016.

Sally Snover (Class of 2012) is in her fourth year as head coach at alma mater Washington. She has guided the Shore ladies to the conference tournament for the second year in a row.

Washington (20-17-1) finished in a three-way tie for first with Swarthmore (22-8) and Gettysburg (25-11), each with 11-5 CC records, and earned the top seed via a tiebreaker.

During the regular season, Washington split doubleheaders with Swarthmore and Gettysburg.

WC entered the final day of the regular season April 27 with a one-game lead over Gettysburg and defending conference champion Swarthmore. The Bullets and Garnet swept their respective doubleheaders, while the Shore ladies split with their hosts from Dickinson (11-21, 8-8 CC).

Seven of the nine CC squads entered Saturday with a chance at a postseason bid, setting up a dramatic race to the finish.

Muhlenberg (24-14, 9-7 CC) held off McDaniel, 14-13, in an epic 13-inning first game and later swept the twin bill to lock up the No. 4 seed.

In the single-elimination game on Tuesday, five-time conference champion Muhlenberg at home defeated No. 5 seed Dickinson, 6-0, to earn a date with Washington in Chestertown on Thursday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Washington swept a doubleheader at Muhlenberg during the regular season, 5-2 and 5-4.

Thursday’s other matchup will pit No. 3 seed Gettysburg at No. 2 seed Swarthmore.

The tournament will then move to the championship weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 in Chestertown.

There will be three games on Saturday starting at 11 a.m., and either one or two games on Sunday starting at noon.

The Centennial Conference champion is an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III tournament.

Washington captured the conference crown in 2013 and has been the runner-up twice, to McDaniel in 2012 and to Haverford in 2016.

Per Centennial Conference rules, admission charges for playoff games are as follows: adults, $10; students ages 6 through high school, $5; senior citizens, $5; children under the age of 5, free; and college students, faculty and staff of Centennial schools, free.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the Centennial Conference softball page, https://centennial.org/sports/2023/8/25/2024%20sb%20championship.aspx

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