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Central still second in regional softball rankings

Softball | May 3, 2013

PELLA — Central College remains in second in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional softball rankings.

The Dutch are 28-7 overall and 23-4 in in-region games, while St. Thomas (Minn.) is No. 1 with a 31-5 overall mark and 27-4 in-region record.

Coe, which shared the Iowa Conference title with Central, is rated fourth at 31-5 while Simpson (29-9) is No. 5, Luther (25-9) is No. 7 and Dubuque (15-17) is No. 8.

The regional rankings serve as the basis for selection to the 62-team NCAA Division III tournament and teams’ in-region records are the top criteria in that process. The field will be announced in a video webcast on Monday at 9 a.m. Central Time. Central will play host to one of the eight regional tourneys May 9-13.

As the surprising May snow continued falling in Pella Friday, the Dutch are preparing for a weather-shortened Iowa Conference tournament. Two games are slated for Saturday in the single-elimination tourney, with Central scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Sunday against the winner of a Saturday contest between Luther and Buena Vista. The tourney championship game follows at 3 p.m. KRLS sportscaster Trevor Castle will provide a play-by-play webcast of Sunday’s action via

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