Central vaults to No. 12 in softball poll


PELLA—A pair of indoor wins vaulted the Central College softball team 10 spots in the NFCA Division III Top 25 poll as a consequential weekend in Arizona looms.

The Dutch are 2-0 after six-inning victories over the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 9-1, and Dominican University (Ill.), 8-0, at Rochester, Minnesota Saturday night. American Rivers rival Wartburg College (5-1) debuted at No. 21 in the rankings.

Defending champion Texas Lutheran University (11-0) remains a unanimous choice at No. 1.

Central is among 11 teams receiving votes in the poll that will be at the elite 24-team NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Arizona Friday through Sunday. The top five schools in this week’s rankings are in the field, likely ensuring a shake-up in next week’s poll.

Friday at 2:30 p.m. (Central Time) Central meets Transylvania University (Ky.) before taking on No. 8-ranked DePauw University (Ind.) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday the Dutch tackle LeTourneau University(Texas) at 10 a.m. and Emerson College (Mass.) at noon before meeting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) Sunday at 11 a.m. and the No. 19-ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) at 3 p.m.