The Rock Valley College women’s softball team will try to cement its status as the top junior college division three program in the nation this week.
The Golden Eagles will go after their third straight national championship in Rochester, Minnesota. Eight teams will compete. The Golden Eagles are ranked number one in the nation. Their record is 45-9. All of their losses have come against Division I and Division II opponents.
The Golden Eagles lead the nation in homers and they’re second in slugging percentage. Their most important asset is their tournament experience. Six girls were on the team last year that won it all.
Taylor Carlson is one of them. She knows what it takes to win. “One play at a time, one pitch at a time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and just do the little things right that we’ve been practicing all season and just keep focused on our goal,” says Carlson.
“It’s not just about making the national tournament. It’s about going there and competing for a national championship,” says RVC coach Darin Monroe. “We’ve got the tough part out of the way getting back to the national tournament. Now we just get to play softball.”
The Golden Eagles also have the best one-two pitching combination in the country in sophomore Morgan Adolph of Milledgeville and freshman Olivia Fluehr a former Harlem Huskie.
“Liv and I complement each other really well,” says Adolph. “Last year Katy Starkey and I really fit well together and I think this year Oliva and I really work well together.”
“We are 1A, 1B,” says Fluehr. “I do look up to her. She is a really big person in my life. It’s really great to know if she’s having a bad day I’m here for her, and if I’m having a bad day she’s there for me.”
The tournament begins on Thursday.