Central College won five games in two days to win the division-three softball championship in Salem, Virginia, this afternoon. Kris Hughes capped it off in dramatic fashion with a grand slam in the fifth inning as Central erased a 3-0 deficit for a 5-3 win over Salisbury.Her grand slam came with two outs in the fifth and the Dutch down 3-1. She says she shortened up her grip and was looking for a pitch to hit, and it just went over the fence.Central’s pitching staff was stretched so much in the two-day run that little used freshman Amanda Wilson pitched three innings to claim the victory in the national title game, her first win of the season.Libby Hysell tossed a shutout in the first game in a 1-0 victory to set up the winner take all contest. After using April Miller and Corrie Schmidt coach George Wares went to Wilson mid-way through the game.He says he could’ve brought Hysell back, but didn’t think she had much left. Wares says the condensed schedule was an advantage for his team. He says the rain delay ended up giving them a day to recover from their first loss to Salisbury. It is Central’s fourth national title.
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