Trine Secures MIAA Softball Championship

Trine Secures MIAA Softball Championship

The Trine softball team took two from Hope Wednesday afternoon in the Thunder's final Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association contests of the season to finish the year with a 14-2 record and capture the 2019 MIAA Softball Championship.

Trine started Wednesday with an 8-1 win, as Hannah Kampmann gave up five hits while striking out five in a complete-game effort that secured the MIAA title outright for the Thunder. Trine then added an 11-6 victory over Hope, with a six-run sixth inning proving to be decisive; the Thunder hit back-to-back home runs to ignite the rally.

The Thunder, recently ranked No. 6 nationally by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, will be the top seed and host for the 2019 MIAA Softball Tournament, set for May 2-3 at Trine's SportONE/Parkview Softball Field.

The 2019 title is the first for Trine since sharing the 2016 championship with Alma; Trine was a four-time outright champion from 2012 to 2015. Since joining the MIAA, Trine has won nine MIAA regular season titles.

The 2019 MIAA Softball Tournament will feature a four-team, double-elimination format. The bracket for the tournament will be released once all MIAA competition is completed later this week.