Following Liberty capturing the inaugural title of the National Invitational Softball Championship, LFSN reporter Alan York had a chance to visit with Lady Flames Head Coach Dot Richardson.
Liberty softball claimed its first postseason championship in program history, topping Lamar, 3-1, in a winner-take-all final game of the 2017 National Invitational Softball Championship, held at Liberty Softball Stadium on Wednesday.
The Lady Flames (46-24) won five straight elimination games this week, taking the championship trophy from a field of 26 at the beginning of the tournament. Liberty eliminated Cal Poly, Illinois State, Kennesaw State and Lamar in that order this week to gain the title.
Lamar (34-31) finished as the inaugural NISC runner-up, falling twice to Liberty on Wednesday. Liberty defeated Kennesaw State, 13-5, earlier on Wednesday, before downing Lamar twice, 8-5 and 3-1.
Beginning with the NISC Regional, where Liberty served as one of six host sites, Liberty went 8-2 during the entire National Invitational Softball Championship.
Liberty junior outfielder Tori Zavodny was named Tournament MVP, and was joined on the all-tournament team by freshman second baseman Amber Bishop and redshirt senior pitcher Kenzie Friesen.