13-seed Bulldogs, Chattanooga State meet in NJCAA opener

St. GEORGE, Utah — Lucky 13!

The Region XIV runner-up Navarro Bulldogs (38-22) have been seeded No. 13 in the 16-team field at the NJCAA Softball Tournament that begins here Wednesday, May 13.

Navarro, making its fourth ever appearance at nationals and first since 2005, will play a 4 pm MDT (5 pm CDT) first game against No. 4 seeded Chattanooga State (45-11) at Canyons Complex Field No. 4.

Navarro and Chattanooga State met in the Bulldogs’ 7th game of the season.  They played February 6 at the Creek Indian Classic in Atmore, Ala.  In that early-season matchup, Chattanooga State scored a 10-9 win in 10 innings.

Navarro will be in the top end of the bracket when the 8 opening games are played Wednesday.

The 4-13 winner will advance to a 5 pm MDT games Thursday against the winner of 5-seed Blinn and 12-seed Georgia Perimeter.

Wednesday’s opening-round matchups:

#1 Salt Lake CC v #16 Western Nebraska
#9 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M v #8 Eastern Arizona
#5 Blinn v #12 Georgia Perimeter
#13 Navarro v #4 Chattanooga State
#3 Chipola v #14 Shelton State
#11 Jefferson v #6 Howard
#7 Temple v #10 Miami Dade
#15 Wabash Valley v #2 Wallace State-Hanceville