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MATTOON — The Heartland softball team earned a berth to the NJCAA Division II national tournament for a fourth straight season after two victories at the Region 24 tournament on Friday.

Hanna Mennenga pitched a five-hitter with nine strikeouts in Heartland's 8-1 win over Parkland in the Hawks' second game between the last two unbeaten teams in the nine-team tournament. The Hawks defeated Lincoln Land, 9-2, in the first game.

The Division II national tournament begins May 19 at Champion Fields.

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