2017 NJCAA Division I Softball National Championship Tournament Returns to St. George; Local St. George Alum Looks to Come Home with SLCC Press Release

Tuesday, May 9,2017

May 08, 2017 — St. George, UT — The Leisure Services Department for the City of Saint George today announced that the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball National Championship Tournament will, once again, return to Saint George. The 16 best Division I Junior College women’s softball teams in the nation will come together at the Canyons Complex to compete for top honors in NJCAA Division I Softball. The Tournament includes the championship team of the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC), which includes Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). SLCC is currently the #2 ranked team in the national poll, are in first place in its Conference and hopes to return to National Tournament for the 8th time in the 9 years that the City of St. George has hosted the Championship. St. George native and Snow Canyon High School alum, Sonya Hardy (INF), who has a .326 batting average, including 17 runs scored and 8 RBIs plays on the SLCC team. The Tournament takes place from May 17th through May 20th, 2017.


“It is a great honor to host this prestigious event, which showcases such accomplished female athletes,” said Steve Bingham, NJCAA Tournament Director and Manager of the Saint George Recreation Division. “It is always thrilling to watch the talent of these young athletes throughout the Tournament, and we are delighted that one of our home town stars will be competing on the SLCC team, if SLCC makes the tournament. In high school Sonya won First Team All-State sophomore, junior, and senior year. She also hits left-handed but throws right-handed which is uncommon in softball.”


Tournament activities begin with a youth clinic (ages 6 to 14) on Monday, May 15th at 5 P.M. at Canyons Complex led by Leah Amico, 3-time Olympian Gold Medalist with USA Softball, 3- time NCAA National Champion at the University of Arizona and 3-time First-Team NFCA  All-American, just to mention a few achievements, and the NJCAA athletes. Also at the Canyons on Monday will be a Home Run Derby beginning at 6:00 P.M. for female softball players from grades 8 through 12, followed immediately by the college Home Run Derby with a player from each team participating. Local youth interested in participating in the clinic or home run derby can sign up at sgcityrec.org or by calling 627-4560.  Questions should be directed to Brandon Evanson atbrandon.evanson@sgcity.org.


“The Tournament and clinic provide local athletes, interested in playing at the collegiate level, an opportunity to observe and learn the techniques and high caliber competition of these highly skilled athletes,” noted Bingham.


“We are excited to be coming back to St George. The City has excellent facilities, which it continues to improve each year,” said Norma Carr, NJCAA Softball Committee Chair and NJCAA Rep for the  Tournament. “The NJCAA always looks forward to engaging with the St. George community, Tournament audience and local press to get them enthusiastic and behind the event.


Amico is also the guest speaker at the welcome banquet for the teams (See separate press release issued today). The banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at The Dixie State University Gardner Center at 7:00 P.M to welcome all of the teams. Discounted Tickets are available for Washington County residents for the Tournament and must be purchased at St. George City Recreation Center by phone (627-4560) or in person prior to May 13th. Resident Tournament tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.


Della Lowe
City of St. George
220 N 200 E
St. George, UT 84770