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Ex-Dodger, Triton Tjebben headed to nationals

Former Iowa Central standout Bre Tjebben will help lead Morningside into the NAIA Softball Championships.

The Mustangs earned an at-large bid and will face Hope on Monday in Medford, Oregon from U.S. Cellular Community Field. Morningside finished 42-9 and as the regular season runners-up in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

“We are beyond excited to head to Oregon and show these teams what we’ve got,” said Tjebben, the daughter of Iowa Central head softball coach Bo Tjebben. “So blessed to receive the bid and get the chance to continue our season.

“We watched the showing as a team, and we were beyond excited, especially being the first team that was announced. It was amazing. We’ve taken a lot of precautions throughout our season and have worked really hard for this.”

Tjebben, a former first team all-stater at Fort Dodge Senior High, is hitting .366 with four homers, 10 doubles, 35 RBI and 42 runs scored in 44 games despite missing seven contests due to injury. She is currently on a 15-game hit streak, and was named to the Great Plains Athletic Conference second team.

Morningside has qualified for the NAIA championships four times in the last five years. They are in the same bracket as Southern Oregon, the host school, who faces off with Saint Katherine in the other game.

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