ST. GEORGE, Utah — The College of Southern Idaho softball team was strong in all facets against Three Rivers Community College on Wednesday in the first round of the NJCAA Division I tournament.
The fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (48-10) beat the No. 12 Raiders (43-15) 8-0 in five innings on Wednesday, and they are now three wins away from reaching the NJCAA title game.
Stefani Zimmerman got the start in the circle against the team from Poplar Bluff, Mo., and was nearly unhittable. She allowed one hit and three walks with three strikeouts in her five innings of work. The lone hit was a single from Kirstien Loman with two outs in the top of the fifth.
CSI right fielder Siearrah Anderson finished 2-for-2 with a solo home run in the game, while third baseman Anjalee Batchelor was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, and first baseman Nicole Renner was 2-for-3 with two run scored. Mikelle Magalogo (1-for-3) added a solo homer.
The Region 18-champion Golden Eagles are making their first trip to the NJCAA tournament since 2014. They lost both of their games in that tournament.
CSI, ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll, will face Butler CC (from El Dorado, Kan.) in the second round of the 16-team tournament on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. back at the Canyons Softball Complex. Fourth-seeded Butler (51-4) is ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA poll, and it beat 13th-seeded Walters State 9-1 in five innings on Wednesday.