Windsor, N.J. -- The athletic teams at Mercer County Community
College are nearing the post season and ready for action.
MCCC softball is set to begin their Region 19 Tournament on
Saturday, Apr. 30 as the No. 5 seed. The Vikings will face
the No. 4 seed, Del Tech Stanton, at home for a best-of-three
play-in series. The winner will advance to the Region 19 Final
Four, which will be played May 7-8 at the County College of
Morris. MCCC split with Del Tech Stanton on April 21, losing
the first game 4-3 and winning the second game 2-0. The Vikings
are currently 21-13.
Lady Vikings, under Head Coach Ryan Zegarski, have been anchored
by freshman Angela Marinos (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert High School),
who leads the team with a .480 batting average, 34 RBIs, 47
hits and 31 runs scored. Four other players are batting above
.300, including Brittany Szafran (Ewing, NJ/Ewing High School),
hitting .390; Mary Rossi (Trenton, NJ/Notre Dame High School),
close behind at .386; Ryan Niatas (Levittown, PA/Conwell-Egan
High School), hitting .373; and Kirsten Edinger (Ewing, NJ/Ewing
High School), hitting .305. On the mound for the Vikings is
freshman Brianna Byrne (East Windor, NJ/Hightstown High School),
who is 13-9 with a 1.90 ERA.
men's tennis action, MCCC will host the Region 19 Men's Tennis
Tournament at the Mercer County Park Tennis Center Apr. 29-30.
Six teams, including Brookdale, Bergen, Gloucester, Mercer,
Ocean and Williamson Trade, will compete to finish in the
top three overall to advance to the NJCAA Division III National
Tournament May 14-20 in Plano, TX. The MCCC men's team finished
second in the Region 19 Tournament last year and fifth at
the national championship.
Vikings are 9-6 overall as they head into the tournament.
According to Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla, Brookdale and Gloucester
will likely prove to be the toughest competition for MCCC,
which lost to both schools this season. Vecchiolla is expecting
big performances from second doubles partners, sophomores
Travis McCaughan (Princeton, NJ/Lawrence High School) and
Juan Ramirez (Pennington, NJ/Hightstown High School), who
lost only one regular season match in the region. McCaughan
has also had a successful season at fourth singles with only
one regional loss. Two other players, Travis Virgil (East
Windsor, NJ/Hightstown High School) at fifth singles and Adam
Czaplinski (Lawrenceville, NJ/Lawrence) at sixth singles have
also had only one loss in regional matches this season.
The Mercer baseball team continues its regular season through
May 4. MCCC hosts the Region 19 tournament, scheduled for
May 13-15. (The play-in round will be played May 7-8.) The
team's current record is 16-13.
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