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Central No. 11 in preseason softball poll

Softball | Jan. 30, 2013

PELLA — Central College is No. 11 in the NFCA Division III preseason softball rankings.

Defending Division III champion Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) is a unanimous choice for the top spot, with Montclair State (N.J.) next while Iowa Conference rival Luther College is No. 3 and Simpson College is among those receiving votes.

Central has six starters returning from last year’s club, which posted a 36-10 record, won the Iowa Conference tournament and earned its 24th NCAA Division III tournament berth. The Dutch finished the year ranked No. 9.

Preseason drills begin Friday at 5:30 a.m. for the squad, which opens the season at the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic March 8-10 in Columbus, Ga.

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