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RVC Softball Honored


The Rock Valley College Golden Eagles softball team is heading to the NJCAA tournament for just the second time in school history after winning the Region IV tournament last weekend. As their post-season success mounts, the post-season awards have followed.

 The N4C (North Central Community College Conference) awards were announced this week and the list is littered with RVC names, starting at the top with conference MVP, Vivi Marquez. Marquez, a freshman from Hononegah High School was voted first team all-conference catcher in addition to the Most Valuable Player after batting .504 with 10 home runs, 70 runs batted in (good for third best in the nation), and 67 runs scored.

Joining Marquez on the all-conference first team were freshman infielder Kara Ekx (McHenry), sophomore outfielder MJ Patten (Christian Life), and freshman pitcher Amanda Blankenship (Belvidere North). Ekx led RVC in home runs (12) and runs batted in (75), while putting together an outstanding slash line of .516/.570/.968. Ekx's 12 home runs were tops in the nation for NJCAA Division III while her 75 RBI's ranked second. Patten led the Golden Eagles in batting average (.565), hits (70), and stolen bases (16). Blankenship pitched a shutout against College of DuPage in the regional championship game and takes a 15-4 record into the national tournament. Her ERA stands at 2.96 and she struck out 86 batters in 113 2/3 innings this season.

 Taylor Neuschwander-Thurow (Harlem) and Laura Van Wy (Boylan) were named to the all-conference second team. Neuschwander-Thurow, RVC's sophomore short stop, hit .395 with four home runs and 49 runs batted in. She recently signed a letter of intent to play softball and continue her education at Judson University. Van Wy, a sophomore outfielder, batted .308 on the season and tied for the team lead with four triples.

 In addition to the all-conference announcement, the NJCAA Region IV all-region team was also announced. Marquez, Ekx, and Patten were all named to that team as well.

 Head coach Darin Monroe was also named Coach of the Year for both Region IV and the N4C after leading RVC to a 31-10 record (17-3 conference) in just his second season.

 RVC will travel to Rochester, Minnesota for the NJCAA national tournament, which will be played May 16-18 at McQuillan Softball Complex in Rochester.

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