The Iowa Conference regularly receives multiple bids to the NCAA Division three softball regionals and this season is no different as three teams will be advancing. Simpson won the regular season championship and will host a regional in Indianola. The school just hosted the Iowa Conference Tournament and coach Henry Christowski says it takes a lot of work to serve as host.
Christowski says there’s a lot of pressure on the faculty and workers on the field and behind the scenes to pull of the regional. He says they have a very good group working on it, and with graduation coming up, it doubles the duties of some of those people. Christowski says they hope to use the home field to their advantage.
He says being at home is nice as the players get to stay in their own beds and have the same routine and don’t miss many classes. Simpson is 31-10 and will open against St. Thomas of Minnesota. Christokski says the goal every year is to win the conference and make the post season.
Central is also part of the regional at Simpson. The Dutch are 30-12 and coach George Wares’ team received an at-large bid into the field.
Wares says there were some upsets across the country, but the conference has always been strong and able to get several bids.
Wares says the goal every season is to get into the regionals. He says they enjoy the whole process through the season, but making the regionals is why they play. Wares says he likes their draw. Central plays Claremont Mudd-Scripps of California in the opening round. Wares says they didn’t care where they went, he just wanted to see some different teams. He says the first couple of opponents won’t be someone they’ve faced, and he thinks that a bit of an advantage.
Luther won the Iowa Conference post season tournament and will travel tyo Whiewater, Wisconsin for a regional.