Four NCAA Div. III championships
PELLA — Central College closed the 2014 softball campaign ranked 20th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division III Top 25 poll.
The Dutch, who posted a 30-12 record, made their 26th NCAA Division III tournament appearance in the past 29 seasons, playing host to a four-team regional May 9-11.
National champion Tufts (Mass.) (47-4) was rated No. 1 entering the tournament and is the unanimous choice for the top spot in the postseason after capturing the NCAA crown, followed by runner-up Salisbury (Md.) (44-5). Iowa Conference rival Luther (32-8) is No. 14 while Coe (36-8) is No. 24.
Central will return starters at eight positions next spring, led by third baseman Whitney Sowers (junior, Marshalltown), a first-team all-region honoree, and second baseman Abbey Strajack (junior, Davenport, Assumption HS), a second-team pick.
NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll - May 30, 2014
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll is voted on by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Final 2014 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.