San Jacinto College opened the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV Softball Tournament on Thursday, April 28, winning 6-2 against number one East Seed, Tyler Junior College.

Freshman infielder Dani Damion hit a single in the first inning that earned two runs. Later, Freshman catcher Katlin Kerl’s home run advanced the team team three more runs putting them ahead. Freshman pitcher Niki Gonzalez came through for the win in the seventh inning with 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, and only giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. 

“The girls stuck to our game plan and played very well,” said San Jacinto College Softball Head Coach, Kelly Saenz. “The girls made the necessary adjustments at the plate to put the ball in play. Niki pitched a good game and kept the other batters off balance, while the defense was solid and made good plays. Today, we are focusing on good productive at bats and a solid defense that makes the routine plays.”

San Jac will take on Blinn College Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m.

The 2016 NJCAA Region XIV Softball Tournament runs Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1. All games will be played at the San Jacinto College South Campus softball field located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.

For more information on schedules, brackets, seeding, and visitor information for the 2016 Region XIV Softball Tournament, visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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