Former East Ascension standout Olivia Maher helps team to title in freshman year

Staff reports
Olivia Maher poses with the MACJC South Division award and Region 23 NJCAA Division II trophy.

Olivia Maher of Gonzales, an East Central Community College freshman from East Ascension, recently celebrated a national championship with her team.

ECCC won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II?title with a 7-1 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Saturday, May 8. It was the program’s first regional championship.

Maher is the starting fight fielder for the Warriors this season, who hold a 44-9-1 record and rank No. 13 in the NJCAA Division II?polls.

“This is not only a team with a lot of talent, it’s a team with even more character,” head coach Scott Hill said. “I am very proud of each and every player.”

ECCC advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship to be held May 20-22 in Bloomington, Ill. at Champion Fields.

The Warriors also captured their first South Division title in the MACJC, which led to their first appearance in the NJCAA Division II national championship.

ECCC advanced to the regional round of the finals after upsetting top-ranked LSU-Eunice 4-3 in the first round and topping Gulf Coast 3-1 in the semi finals of the three-day, double-elimination event.

Maher recorded a single in the LSU-E win.

It was a slow start for the ECCC offense in the title game against Gulf Coast.

After the Lady Bulldogs went up 1-0 on Kayla Morgan’s home run in the top of the third inning, ECCC took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth on Hannah Lee’s bases-loaded single that scored two Lady Diamond Warriors for a 2-1 advantage. Paige Holsen of Union scored later in the inning and EC led 3-1 after the fourth frame.