Phoenix College softball team wins national championship

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The Phoenix College Bears are national champions after winning the Division II NJCAA softball tournament last Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. By Mike Gertzman The Phoenix College Bears are national champions after winning the Division II NJCAA softball tournament last Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. By Mike Gertzman
The Phoenix College Bears are national champions after winning the Division II NJCAA softball tournament last Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. By Mike Gertzman The Phoenix College Bears are national champions after winning the Division II NJCAA softball tournament last Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. By Mike Gertzman
The Phoenix College Bears are national champions after winning the Division II NJCAA softball tournament last Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. By Mike Gertzman The Phoenix College Bears are national champions after winning the Division II NJCAA softball tournament last Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- It is the Cinderella sports story you won’t see on ESPN.

The Phoenix College Bears are national champions after winning the Division II NJCAA softball tournament last Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi.

The team had to win three games on the final day to clinch the championship.

The Bears beat the top-ranked and defending national champs, Louisiana State University – Eunice.

The team set a tournament record for the most home runs with 12.

This was the 8th national title for Coach Heinz Mueller who was named Outstanding Coach of the Tournament. He also reached 1,000 wins in March.

The team also features a local mother who is believed to be the oldest junior college pitcher in the country. Gina Medina Van Arsdall, 37, won two games in the national tournament.

In the post-game awards ceremony, Rachel Meyer, who broke the tournament home-run record with six home runs, was selected as the NJCAA National Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Darlene Valles received the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Tournament and Sarah Ray received Outstanding Pitcher of the Tournament.